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Hazelnut Popovers and a Thanksgiving Giveaway

hazelnut popovers

I have a Thanksgiving giveaway to celebrate Thanksgiving week here at Adventures in the Kitchen. I received a copy of Diane Morgan’s new cookbook The New Thanksgiving Table by Chronicle Books.

The New Thanksgiving Table

I loved it so much I asked the kind people at Chronicle if they would share a copy with one lucky reader and they said yes. Just leave a comment sharing your favorite side dish. If you twitter you get a second entry by leaving another comment,  If you subscribe you get a third.

I tried the Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion, and Toasted Hazelnuts and I am dying to try the  Framboise Cranberry Sauce. The recipe I ended up making was Hazelnut and Fresh Herb Popovers. Remember, I shared my love of popovers from my childhood here. I ended up using a bit of sage and loved the combination.
Diane shared her trick of putting the muffin pan in the oven to heat up for ten minutes and then brushing the tin with melted butter just before you pour the batter in. That was the hot tip as mine fell out of the pan and that has not always happened for me in the past. Popovers get puffy and crisp by starting out with a hot oven and then part way through turning down the heat. The other trick is to not open the oven door. Resist that urge to peek!

Hazelnut and Fresh Herb Popovers
from The New Thanksgiving Table
Chronicle Books, 2009

Makes 12 popovers
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup hazelnuts, toasted and finely ground
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 cups milk
3 large eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon snipped fresh chives
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

In a medium bowl combine the flour, hazelnuts, pepper, and salt. Slowly whisk in the milk until smooth. Add the eggs and blend into batter. Add the fresh herbs and whisk in 2 tablespoons of the butter. Let the batter stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours. Whisk before using.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 450F. Have ready a standard 12 cup muffin pan, preferably nonstick.

Place the muffin pan in the oven for about 10 minutes. Remove the hot muffin pan from the oven. Using a pastry brush, generously brush the muffin cups with the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups. Without opening the oven door at any time, bake the popovers for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven to 350F and continue to bake the popovers for 7 to 10 minutes longer until puffy and golden brown. Turn the popovers out of the pan, loosening them with the edge of a paring knife, if necessary. Serve immediately.

The popover batter can be made up to 2 hours in advance. The popovers are best when baked right before serving.

Recipe © 2008 Diane Morgan. All rights reserved.

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