Pop Over to Jordan Pond House

Jordan Pond House, Acadia National Park, MaineIt isn’t all about hiking and biking in Acadia National Park. It’s also about…popovers. Fortunately for us, our friends Jean and Scott, and their adorable six-year-old daughter, Violet, were on Mount Desert Island the same week we were there. They’ve taken an annual trip to the area for the past 11 years. When they recommended Jordan Pond House for lunch—specifically the popovers—we knew to listen up.

Jordan Pond House Popovers, Acadia National Park, MaineJordan Pond House has been serving park-goers its popovers, soufflé-like rolls, since the late 1800s. Dining on the lawn has a fun, festive feel and a great view of Jordan Pond and the North and South Bubble Mountains.

The crab cakes with green onion sauce were mouth-watering and the outdoor setting spectacular, but the star of the show was indeed the popovers, served as an appetizer with butter and strawberry jam. And stuffed though we were, we saved room for dessert: another round of popovers.

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2 Comments on “Pop Over to Jordan Pond House”

  1. Chris H. September 15, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Ah, them’s just good old yorkshire puddings with a fancy name. We have ’em alongside roast beeef and gravy.

    Interestingly, yorkshires were also originally served before the meat course to fill up the hungry tummies and thus make the often small roast stretch around the table. But never, never with butter and strawberry jam!!

    Trader Joe’s sells frozen popovers. I tried them once with my family roast dinner and they were roundly rejected by Heather as not up to my home-made.


    • Brian September 15, 2010 at 8:21 am #

      Never let it be said that the English haven’t made important culinary contributions. Surely you must make a pilgrimage to Acadia, mostly because it is incredibly beautiful, but also to taste test the popovers (are they still Yorkshire Puddings if not served with gravy?) to see how they compare to the real thing.

      And as tasty as bread and gravy can be, I wouldn’t let tradition prevent me from making true ‘puddings’ out of these delightfully crusty little puffs of bread.

      However you like them, enjoy!


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