Gluten Free Parmesan Popovers With Sage

Published on Jul 05, 2023

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Serves: 6 - 10
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These Gluten Free Parmesan Popovers With Sage have a light, airy interior with a crisp, golden-brown exterior. This recipe’s aromatic flavors of sage with parmesan cheese and a hint of garlic and the airy and hollow center make them perfect for various fillings or spreads or as a side to one of our delicious  30-Minute Thai Carrot Soup, or Cream Of Butternut Squash Apple Soup.gluten free rosemary cheese popovers topped with sage

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This contrast between the crispy outer shell and the soft interior sets them apart from other gluten free bread, rolls, or pastry. The taste can be described as a combination of savory and slightly eggy flavor, with a hint of herbs and garlic.

showing inside of a baked sage cheese popover

Achieving the Perfect Gluten-Free Popover Batter Consistency

The consistency of gluten-free popover batter plays a crucial role in creating light and airy popovers with a crisp exterior. Here are essential tips to ensure your batter turns out just right:

Understanding the Ideal Consistency

Gluten-free popover batter should resemble the consistency of heavy cream or a thin pancake batter. It should be smooth and free of lumps to ensure even rising during baking.

Ingredients for Structure and Texture

Combine gluten-free flour and starch to mimic the structure that gluten provides in traditional recipes.

Mixing Techniques

Use a blender for the smoothest consistency. Alternatively, gradually incorporate wet ingredients into dry ingredients, whisking or stirring continuously until smooth.

Adjusting Consistency

Too Thick: If the batter is too thick, add small amounts of milk or water, a tablespoon at a time, until it reaches a thin and pourable consistency.

Too Thin: If the batter is too thin and may affect rising, add small amounts of gluten-free flour or starch, a tablespoon at a time, to thicken it.


Ensure eggs and milk are at room temperature to promote proper rising.

cooking fresh sage and garlic with butter in a saucepan

Sage Butter Recipe

To add the herby flavor of sage to these parmesan popovers, heat butter, olive oil, sage, and garlic in a small skillet over medium heat and cook until the sage is crisp, about 2-4 minutes. Be careful not to burn the garlic. Add the garlic and sage to the batter.

Importance of Oven Temperature in Making Popovers

When baking popovers, the oven temperature is not just important—it’s crucial for achieving the perfect texture and rise.

Role of High Temperature

  • Popovers require baking at a high temperature to generate steam within the batter. This steam is essential for their airy interior and helps them rise properly.
  • The high heat also creates a crisp and golden exterior, we love.

Recommended Oven Temperature

  • The ideal oven temperature for baking popovers typically ranges between 400°F (200°C) and 450°F (230°C). This ensures the rapid steam formation and initial rise of the popovers.
  • Preheating the oven is essential to ensure even heat distribution from the start of baking.

Baking Process

  • Start baking popovers in a hot oven for the first 15 to 20 minutes. During this time, they will achieve their maximum height.
  • After this initial rise, reduce the oven temperature to allow the popovers to continue baking and develop a golden-brown color without over-browning. The baking time for parmesan popovers can vary depending on the size of the popover molds or pans

Oven Door

  • Avoid opening the oven door during baking, as this can cause a sudden temperature drop that may result in deflated or unevenly risen popovers.
  • Instead, monitor the popovers through the oven window or use the oven light to check their progress.

1 baked parmesan popover in a muffin pan

The Versatility of Gluten Free Parmesan Popovers With Sage

Suitable for Any Occasion

Add them to party cheese boards or fill them with your favorite gluten-free dips or spreads as an appetizer.  Their golden crusts, sage, and cheesy flavor make them a convenient and mess-free option for entertaining.

Customizable Options

Furthermore, these popovers can be customized to suit different preferences. You can experiment with different herbs, such as thyme, rosemary or parsley. Or try our basic gluten free popover recipe.

showing inside of a baked sage cheese popover

Gluten Free Parmesan Popovers With Sage: Recipe Review

Their golden crust, infused with sage and cheesy richness, makes them a tasty addition to any occasion. Whether enjoyed on their own, or with soups and stews, or filled with savory dips, these popovers are easy to customize with different herbs and cheeses. Perfectly portioned, they are a go-to option for hassle-free entertaining.

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I just made these, and can’t stop eating them. I filled them with my leftover gravy. They are soooo good!

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