March 10, 2012

National Blueberry Popover Day

"A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch." - James Beard

It's National Blueberry Popover Day!

A popover is neither a muffin or a turnover . . . both of which I was convinced it was similar to until today (seriously, I couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that it wasn't a turnover - it took me weeks to figure that out). It's more like a Yorkshire Pudding: a light, hollow roll.

Interesting enough, in American Food (1974), author Evan Jones writes: "Settlers from Maine [yay! go Maine!] who founded Portland, Oregon Americanized the pudding from Yorkshire by cooking the batter in custard cups lubricated with drippings from the roasting beef (or sometimes pork); another modification was the use of garlic, and, frequently, herbs. The result is called Portland popover pudding: individual balloons of crusty meat-flavored pastry."

I'm glad there's no National Crusty Meat-Flavored Pastry Day, aren't you? I'd much rather celebrate a...

Happy National Blueberry Popover Day!