This is one of my vintage cookbooks and I recently thought I’d look a few things up.
It’s from 1965 and the first thing I wanted to see is what the President’s wife contributed to the book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a recipe for one of my favorite things to eat, Popovers! Now I don’t know why, but hardly anyone ever makes them anymore. If you’ve ever read Little Women, you’d know that the girls take their precious breakfast popovers to the poor family and Amy is upset by the loss! Also, when I was a youngster, my father used to take us to a lovely restaurant, called The Proud Popover.
This restaurant was a colonial in theme, with big pewter mugs and plates and gigantic popovers. I was addicted to those things. I’d drench them in butter and honey. Wonderful. Our family wanted to make them at home, but as my mother had passed away, and we kids were not the best cooks yet, my dad found a mix that he’d buy and they were as close as possible to heaven for a couple of 70’s era kids.
Well, now I make these from scratch, because really, what could be easier and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson’s recipe is practically the same as anyone you might find online. (I don’t like that tradition of the ladies going by their husband’s names as if her only identity is through the husband, but that’s for another blogger to write about.).
I don’t use melted shortening, however, I use canola oil , but everything else is the same! Also, she tells us you can use a regular muffin tin, but to get that true popover height, you need a good iron popover pan. I found mine at…you guessed it! Resale!
You have to eat them right out of the oven. The crispy outside and the almost empty middles, make a perfect vehicle for adding veggies or casseroles if desired, but I prefer them as I did when a child, with butter and honey. Here. Have one.
Let me feed you.