So, I subscribe to the philosophy of preheating the pan until the oil is just at the smoking point. I grew up with my Mom using a cupcake pan, but I recently bought a nordicware (sp?) popover pan. The pan is very heavy aluminum (I think) and coated with non-stick coating.
I want to heat it properly, but don't know how long to preheat it with the oil in it. It's heavy so it will take a while, but it's non-stick so I don't want to overheat it for too long causing premature failure of the coating.
I've only used it once, but starting with a warm pan (from on top of my oven) and then placing in the oven while it preheated to 450 degrees (about 5 minutes) did not yield a sufficiently heated pan.
How long do you think? would 15 minutes be ok? 30?