Every now and then my Grandfather will invite us all out to dinner; my parents, all 6 of my siblings, their significant others, and Rachel, Baby Boy and I. It’s a very sweet gesture, and you can tell, as he sits there at the head of the table watching all of us eat and talk, that he enjoys it. He enjoys seeing the family together, the dynamics, and gets a kick out of our appetites – no matter how much people eat there always seems room for dessert.
My Grandfather is definitely a role model of mine. He’s the only Grandfather I’ve known, my maternal grandfather having died while I was too young to remember him, but he is everything I expect of a Grandfather. A font of wisdom and advice, particularly when it comes to life, careers, and money. He loves his family, and you can tell. He can spot BS, and will call it out, coming from anyone or anything.
I’ve known my Grandfather as long as I can remember, and I always considered him a role model, but I didn’t really appreciate everything he does, and is, until after my Grandmother passed away. Kind of like two suns side by side, but the one is slightly brighter or in the foreground, blocking your vision of the entirety of the other. You know they are both there but you tend to focus more on the one. Rachel told me she felt the same about her Grandfather. Is that the same for your Grandparents (or Parents?)
In any event, we had “dinner” on Saturday with Grandpa. But as dinner is really late lunch early dinner, or as I like to say, dunch, we needed something to tide us over. I had seen a recipe for cheese popovers in one of our cookbooks a few weeks back, and suddenly recalled them. They seemed like a great idea, so we made them. Rachel had an even greater idea as I was making them – add bacon. Done!
This was a Weight Watchers recipe before we added bacon. Something tells me the bacon makes these less Weight Watcher friendly. But I’m not complaining. We also added fresh rosemary which brought in extra aromatics and flavor.
For some reason I was expecting popovers to be like mini quiches, dense and eggy. These aren’t. They are light and airy.
The bacon cheddar popovers took about 50 minutes from start to eating, with 20 minutes for prep and 25-30 minutes for baking, but my prep time included Baby Boy distractions so your time may vary. Also note that time seems to slow down infinitely as the popovers near the end of bake time and your house is filled with smells of cheddar and bacon.
Two quick tips if you decide to make these:
- To prevent the popovers from deflating after coming out of the oven, bake them a little longer than you would think to, until they are are starting to brown.
- To prevent the inside from getting soggy, stick a knife in the top of them as soon as they come out of the oven, to let steam escape.