Green Chile and Cheese Popovers
You should really roast your own green chiles for this recipe, but if you can find canned Hatch chiles at your grocer they will work fine. It’s also best to use a popover pan because you’ll get the best rise, which makes them so light, but a muffin tin will also work. It’s important to serve these right out of the oven before they deflate. But if they do, they’re still delicious!
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. chile powder
1/2 cup roasted green chiles (less if they are too spicy)
1/2 cup smoked cheddar cheese (or smoked gouda)
1 tbsp. melted butter
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a popover pan into oven on lowest rack to heat. Remove all upper racks to allow popovers to rise.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and milk. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and chile powder. Add milk mixture to the flour mixture and mix with a hand mixer until batter is smooth with no lumps. Stir in chiles and cheese. Remove popover pan from oven and carefully brush the melted butter into each tin. Pour batter into the tins, filling 3/4 full. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake an additional 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.
To roast green chiles:
Place whole chiles directly on a hot grill or gas stovetop over medium heat. Watch carefully and turn with tongs as the skins blacken. When all sides of chiles are blackened and blistered, remove to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap to cool. When cool, remove stems and squeeze out seeds and remove skins. Do not run chiles under water, which will remove much of the delicious flavors. A little black char left on the chiles is fine.