A native of Middle Georgia, Gena Knox has found comfort in their kitchen at a young age, working with their homegrown fruits and vegetables. Her lifelong passion for cooking and locally grown foods paved the way for her career as an author and entrepreneur.
Gena Knox is the founder and CEO of Fire & Flavor. She is also the author of the books “Gourmet Made Simple” and “Southern My Way: Simple Recipes, Fresh Flavors,” voted Best Southern Cookbook by SIBA and winner of the Eric Hoffer Award. Her third book, “Southern My Way: Food & Family” was released October of 2013.
We asked Gena Knox to give us a recipe she thinks perfectly suits the Winter season, and she handed us her recipe for “Smoked Cheddar Popovers.”
“These smoked cheddar popovers can be a treat year round but always seem to make an appearance in my home as soon as the weather turns cold – when holiday appetites are heightened and finger foods compliment good conversation. Serve these little pieces of heaven to your friends and family, and they’ll think you have slaved in the kitchen for hours. They’re delicious straight out of the oven — my kids can’t seem to get enough of them,” she explains when asked why the recipe is best suited for Winter.
Smoked Cheddar Popovers
A Recipe From Southern My Way: Food & Family by Gena Knox.
1 1⁄4 cups whole or 2 percent milk
1 1⁄4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing pan
3⁄4 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Butter 8 muffin or popover cups and set aside.
3. Beat eggs in a large mixing bowl, then gradually pour in milk, whisking until mixed well.
4. Gently spoon flour into egg mixture, a little at a time, whisking after each addition until well blended and very few lumps remain. Whisk in salt and butter; fold in cheddar.
5. Ladle batter into each cup, filling about 3⁄4 full.
6. Bake until puffy and golden brown, about 40 to 45 minutes. 7. Let cool slightly. Loosen each popover with a knife to remove from pan. Serve warm with butter, if desired.
Learn more about Gena and her products on Fire & Flavor.