Popovers are delightful and fluffy baked treats that make for a perfect addition to any meal. Whether you have leftover popovers or you simply want to enjoy them again the next day, knowing how to reheat them properly is key to preserving their airy texture and deliciousness. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps on how to reheat popovers to ensure they retain their crisp exterior and soft, custard-like interior. So, if you’re ready to indulge in warm and scrumptious popovers once more, let’s dive into the reheating process!
How To Reheat Popovers – The best Methods
When it comes to reheating popovers, there are a few methods you can use to ensure they retain their crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Here are the best methods for reheating popovers:
How To Reheat Popovers in an Oven?
Reheating popovers in an oven is one of the best methods to ensure they retain their crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reheat popovers in an oven:
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Allow the oven to come to temperature before putting in the popovers.
Use the original baking vessel. Reheat the popovers in the same pan or tin that you originally baked them in. This will help them retain their shape as they reheat.
Brush with milk or egg wash (optional). Brushing the popovers with a bit of milk, half and half, or egg wash will make the outside crispy and golden brown. This step is optional, but recommended.
Heat covered first. Place the popovers in the preheated oven and heat covered with foil for 5 to 10 minutes. This will heat them through without drying them out.
Uncover and continue heating. Remove the foil and continue heating the popovers uncovered for 3 to 5 minutes more until heated through. Check that they are hot in the center.
Watch carefully. Keep a close eye on the popovers as they reheat in the oven. They can dry out and over brown quickly. Watch for any browning and remove from oven immediately if necessary.
Cool slightly and split open. Allow the reheated popovers to cool for just a minute, then split open with a knife and serve warm with butter, jam, or your favorite filling or topping.
Vent steam before serving. Use a knife to cut a slit in the top of the popovers to allow steam to vent before splitting fully open and serving. This will prevent excess steam from escaping and collapsing the popover.
Do not re-proof. Do not leave reheated popovers in a warm place to rise further before serving. Serve them immediately after reheating to prevent them from becoming tough. Enjoy your reheated popovers!
How To Reheat Popovers in a Microwave?
While reheating popovers in the microwave is not the ideal method as it can make them soggy and affect their texture, it can be a quick option if you’re short on time. Here’s a guide on how to reheat popovers in a microwave:
Use microwave-safe container. Place the popovers in a microwave-safe container, dish, or plate. Do not use the metal pan they were originally baked in. A glass or ceramic container is a good option.
Add moisture. Place a damp paper towel or napkin over the popovers before microwaving. This will add moisture and prevent them from drying out as they reheat.
Start at 30% power. Begin by reheating the popovers at 30% power for 30 seconds. This low and slow approach will heat them gradually without causing damage.
Flip and rotate. After 30 seconds, flip the popovers over and rotate the dish. Continue microwaving in 30 second bursts, flipping between each time, until the popovers feel very warm to the touch. Total time will be around 2 to 3 minutes.
Microwave in short bursts. Do not microwave the popovers for long periods nonstop. Use short 30 second bursts and check them in between to ensure they do not overheat. It is best to under-microwave slightly and let residual heat finish off the warming.
Vent steam and serve. Use a knife to cut a slit in the top of the popovers to allow steam to vent before splitting and serving. Open the popovers fully, top with your favorite butter, jam, or other topping and enjoy immediately while warm.
Do not re-proof. Do not leave reheated popovers in the microwave or a warm place to rise further before serving. Serve them immediately after reheating to prevent them from becoming tough.
Be very careful removing container from microwave. The container holding the popovers will be very hot! Use oven mitts to carefully remove it from the microwave to avoid burns. Enjoy your reheated popovers!
How To Reheat Popovers on the Stove?
Reheating popovers on the stove can be a convenient alternative to using an oven or microwave. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to reheat popovers on the stove:
Use a nonstick pan. Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a nonstick pan (cast iron works well) over medium-low heat. Make sure the pan is oven safe if starting with frozen popovers.
Cover pan. Place the leftover or frozen popovers in a single layer in the pan. Cover tightly with a lid or foil and heat, turning occasionally, until heated through, 10 to 15 minutes for room temperature or 20 to 30 minutes for frozen.
Check frequently. Remove lid and check every 5 minutes or so to make sure the heat is low and popovers are not browning too quickly. Adjust as needed.
Flip popovers. Gently flip or turn the popovers over about halfway through the reheating process. Be careful not to crack or break the popovers open. Return lid and continue heating.
Increase heat if necessary (room temperature popovers only). For room temperature popovers, you may need to increase the heat to medium towards the end of reheating just until the popovers are heated all the way through. Do not increase heat for reheating frozen popovers.
Vent steam before serving. Remove any foil or lid coverings for the final 2 minutes of reheating to allow excess moisture to vent from the popovers. Use a knife to cut slits in the top to release more steam before splitting open.
Split and serve. Allow popovers to cool for 2 to 3 minutes, then split open with a knife and serve immediately with butter, jam, or your favorite topping. Do not allow popovers to sit open for long after splitting or they will become soft again.
Be careful – pan will be hot! Use oven mitts when handling the hot pan and lid. Remove from heat before splitting popovers open to avoid excess steam in the kitchen. Enjoy your reheated popovers!
How To Reheat Popovers on a Grill?
Reheating popovers on a grill can be a creative and flavorful option. Follow these steps to reheat popovers on a grill:
Preheat grill. Heat a gas or charcoal grill over medium-low heat. You want steady, consistent heat for gently warming the popovers without scorching them.
Use aluminum foil. Wrap the leftover popovers individually in foil before placing on the grill grate. This will help hold in moisture and heat them through evenly.
Place on upper rack. Place the foil wrapped popovers on the top rack of the grill, further away from the direct heat source. Close the grill lid.
Check frequently. Monitor the temperature inside the grill and check the popovers frequently. Rotate and flip the foil packets every few minutes. Total reheating time should be 10 to 15 minutes.
Open foil for final minutes. Once the popovers feel very warm to the touch, open up the foil packets but keep in place on the grill rack. Close the lid and continue heating for 2 to 3 minutes more to lightly brown and crisp the outside of the popovers.
Remove and rest. Remove the popovers from the grill and let sit wrapped in the foil for 2 to 3 minutes before unwrapping. This will allow them to finish cooking from residual heat and the temperature to become safe enough to handle.
Split, serve and enjoy! Once rested, carefully remove popovers from the foil, split open with a knife and serve immediately with your favorite toppings. Do not leave split popovers sitting open after serving.
Grill oven mitts recommended. Because of the direct heat, oven mitts are a must for handling the foil, opening and closing the grill, and removing the popovers. The foil and contents will be extremely hot!
Vent steam. Prick holes in the foil or in the top of the popovers before serving to vent excess steam. Failure to vent properly can result in popovers bursting open upon splitting due to built up pressure inside.
How To Reheat Popovers in a Toaster Oven?
Reheating popovers in a toaster oven is a convenient and effective method that helps retain their crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Follow these steps to reheat popovers in a toaster oven:
Preheat toaster oven. Preheat your toaster oven to 350 F. Allow it to come to temperature before adding the popovers.
Use foil or oven-safe container. Wrap leftover popovers individually in foil or place in an oven-safe container, like a small baking dish. Do not place directly on the toaster oven rack.
Start covered. Place the wrapped or containerized popovers in the preheated toaster oven. Reheat covered with foil for 5 to 7 minutes until warmed through.
Check frequently. Peek under the foil or remove from toaster oven and check the internal temperature of the popovers. Continue reheating in 2 to 3 minute bursts until popovers feel very warm to the touch. Total time will be 10 to 15 minutes.
Uncover for last few minutes. Remove any foil covering and continue reheating uncovered for 2 to 3 minutes before removing from toaster oven. This will lightly crisp the outside of the popovers.
Remove and rest. Carefully remove the popovers from the toaster oven using oven mitts. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes wrapped in the foil before unwrapping. This allows them to finish cooking and the temperature to drop to a safe level for handling.
Split, serve and enjoy! Unwrap the foil, cut a slit in the top of each popover to vent steam, then split open fully. Top with butter, jam, or your favorite filling and enjoy immediately. Do not allow split popovers to sit open for long before serving.
Monitor toast boost if applicable. If your toaster oven has a toast boost function, you may want to turn it on for the last 1 to 2 minutes of reheating for extra crispiness. Be very careful not to burn the popovers! Monitor extremely closely.
Oven mitts required. Foil and containers will be extremely hot when removing from the toaster oven. Always wear oven mitts to avoid burns. Be careful when opening foil and slitting/splitting popovers to release hot steam.
How To Reheat Popovers in an Air Fryer?
Reheating popovers in an air fryer is a great way to bring back their crispy exterior and fluffy interior. Follow these steps to reheat popovers in an air fryer:
Spray with oil (optional). Lightly spray the leftover popovers with cooking oil spray or melted butter or lard. This is optional but will help make the outside crispy.
Do not overcrowd. Reheat popovers in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Do not overcrowd them. It may be necessary to reheat in batches depending on how many popovers you have.
Set the air fryer to 350 F. Preheat your air fryer to 350 F. This moderate, consistent heat will gently reheat the popovers without burning them.
Start with 5 minutes. Place the popovers in the preheated air fryer basket and set the timer for 5 minutes.
Shake basket. Carefully remove the air fryer basket and shake it to rotate the popovers. Then return to the air fryer.
Check internal temperature. After 5 minutes, check the internal temperature of one of the popovers to ensure it is very warm all the way through. The total time may be 7 to 10 minutes.
Do not over reheat. Be very careful not to overcook the popovers. It is best to under reheat slightly and let carryover cooking finish warming them through. Remove from air fryer when still slightly soft but very warm inside.
Vent steam. Use a sharp knife to cut a slit in the top of each popover after removing from the air fryer. This will allow steam to vent before serving.
Serve immediately. Split the popovers open fully and serve warm immediately with your favorite toppings such as butter, jam, or chili. Do not leave split popovers sitting for long before serving.
Carefully remove the basket – contents will be extremely hot! Always wear oven mitts when handling the air fryer basket to avoid burns from steam and hot surfaces.
Do not re-proof. Do not leave reheated popovers in a warm place to rise further. Serve and enjoy immediately.