Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers

These perfectly puffed Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers with smoky cheese and herby thyme are simply the best ever!

Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers

Popovers. I love popovers. Like, love love. Really love. Like, every time I make a batch I eat them all kinda love. Like my traditional popovers here, and my poblano and pepperjack popovers here. …Well, these pillowy-flaky, smokey-savory, herby popovers are the best yet. They truly are. It’s the Gruyere – this creamy cheese just gave these popovers a texture and flavor that was surprisingly perfect and I wasn’t expecting honestly.

Here, see for yourself…

Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers

…Right?! Perfect, no? And sooooo damn tasty.

…side note: check out this beauty, with its little puff of steam! {insert girly squeal of photographer delight here}

Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers

As I’ve said before, there are a couple tricks to getting your batter to puff properly. First, preheat the pan in the oven and have your ingredients at room temperature. Once you put the batter in the oven, you want it to heat quickly so the steam gets created in the batter to make the “puff” happen.

Preheating the pan and not starting with the batter cold helps this happen. Second, coat the tins with something like flour, cornmeal, or parmesan. This gives the batter something to cling to as it rises and the deeper your cups, the more they will rise!

And lastly, once puffed and golden, pierce the tops with a knife and bake a little longer. This releases steam and firms up the crust so they will stay nice and puffed once they are out of the oven.

By taking these steps, your popovers will puff perfectly! And with this new recipe here, you will have the most delicious and flavorful popovers!

Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers

Smoked Gruyere and Thyme Popovers

5 from 2 votes
Servings 6


  • 1 c milk room temperature
  • 2 eggs room temperature
  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • ¼ t kosher salt
  • 1 T unsalted butter melted
  • ½ c shredded smoked Gruyere cheese this can be found in the gourmet cheese section at the grocery store
  • 2 t fresh thyme leaves
  • cooking spray
  • flour for dusting the pan


  • Heat oven to 400F with the popover pan or muffin tin in the oven to preheat as well.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the following ingredients in the order given: eggs, milk, flour, salt, butter, cheese, and thyme. Take care not to overmix, especially after adding the flour. The batter should stay a bit lumpy.
  • Remove the preheated pan from the oven and spray with cooking spray. Dust the insides of the tins with flour, shaking out the excess (this will give the dough something to cling to to help the popovers puff properly). Add the prepared batter to the popover or muffin tins filling each half full.
  • Bake at 400F for 30 minutes until puffed and golden. Pierce the tops with a knife and bake another 4 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve immediately. With butter. Yield: 6 popovers.

Calorie count is purely an estimate calculated using an online application to serve as a guide and not to be taken as accurate nutritional information. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Tried this recipe?Leave a comment below and let me know!

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