Sunday Best – Popovers & Oranges

Author // Christopher Bosca
Posted in // Food & Drink, Lifestyle

There is something about the approach of the holidays that trips a switch in my brain. Or maybe it’s in my heart.  It was always around this time of year that my father would make his Sunday morning special, Popovers and- get this- sliced oranges with olive oil and freshly ground black pepper.

Stop- don’t leave- don’t stop reading!!  It’s not crazy- I promise (and it is certainly not a made up recipe just to find reasons for you to order more of our Bosca Tuscan Olio Nuovo- Olive oil pressed in the month of November from one vineyard in Tuscany and rushed here in first class seats… (OK- I did make up that last part)).

I know that it sounds weird. It is weird. Even in Italy it is anachronistic, but it is a real thing from the Rome area.

First, Popovers…

If you have not had these you have missed one of life’s great eating experiences.  Popovers rise magically in the oven, with a golden brown top, and a consistency that brings to mind pudding, but is really in the bread zone. Add butter and a bit of jam– STRAWBERRY is the best, but take your pick.

Ingredients & Directions;

  • 1 C flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 eggs

In a bowl, beat all ingredients together gently with a fork or hand rotary mixer. Beat JUST until mixed. Too much will reduce volume. Fill greased custard cups 1/2 full. Bake at 425 for 20 min then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 15 more minutes.

Super Easy!

Now the Oranges…

With a sharp knife cut the top and bottom to expose the fruit, and then carefully slice off the rest of the skin. Slice the orange in to thin-ish slices. Arrange them as artfully as you can (you can probably do better than I) on a plate or platter and drizzle with olive oil and grind some fresh black pepper over the fruit.

That’s it.

Use really good oil that will stand up to the strong taste of the oranges, but don’t worry- the round, smooth taste/texture of the oil and the bright, acidy flavor of the oranges really do work together.

I promise you won’t be disappointed when you try it!


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Comments (4)

  • George B Love
    February 17, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    Have had a BOSCA breast pocket business card/small calculator fold over, 2-1/2″ X 4″,for 20+ years. Computer finnally quit and case is getting shabby. Can it be replaced?

    • April 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm |

      Yikes!! I apologize that this message has been sitting unanswered for so long. The piece that you are referring to is no longer made, but you might look at a style 449 Just enter that number into the search feature at the top right of the website and this style in several different collections will come up. Also- specific product questions can be answered by our customer service department at 1-866-890-5696 I am sorry that your piece finally wore out, but I am glad that it served you well. THis is really what I mean when I say “our products don’t wear out, they wear in” (Well… I guess they do wear out eventually)

  • Elizabeth Warrick
    March 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm |

    I know that this is a lifestyle blog, but since it is a Bosca blog, I thought I would share my thoughts about your customer service here, not having seen another forum: Bosca just made a customer for life. I am at this very moment looking for stores in my area to purchase luggage for my upcoming trip in the summer.I have never before bought from a store that truly stood by its products with such honor and dignity– My Nappa Vitello Passport wallet was broken in a few places, including the ID Window and the change pocket, but I had lost the receipt, having bought it 6-8 years ago. I looked Bosca up and called ( I only knew to look Bosca up because there was a lovely embossed logo on the inside of the Wallet. I dimly remembered a lifetime warranty at the time of purchase, so I decided to try to get my treasured wallet fixed instead of tossing it, since I travel quite a bit and it is the very best wallet I have ever used for passports, receipts, boarding passes and other paperwork). The beautifully spoken lady at the other end told me that if I would send in the wallet; they would try to fix it and if not, they would replace it. The entire conversation was pleasant, reassuring, and hassel-free. What do I see not quite two weeks later, but a lovely new wallet at my doorstep! I have never experienced this kind of honor in a retailer– not to say it does not exist, I just have not had the luck. Thank you for doing business with class, Bosca. Your dignity allowed me to keep my own! I am a customer for life.

    With thanks,


    • April 22, 2012 at 12:16 pm |

      Hi Liz- thanks for much for taking the time to post this comment. I take a lot of pride in the genuine concern that eveyone here at Bosca has for our customer (I see the same in the way that we treat our vendors, and in the way people treat each other here.) I am very lucky to have such a wonderful group of people to work with- and wonderful customers like you. Thanks for your so very positive comments.

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