Extra Cheesy Savory Ham Muffins - #SecretRecipeClub

1.27.2014


I put so much ham and cheese into these muffins, intentionally of course, that they ended up being my lunch. There’s egg in there too, so can I say it’s a complete meal? As complete as a slice of pizza is. Ha. 
Well, then, let’s say they make a great addition to a brunch table. Can't argue with that.

It’s time for the monthly Secret Recipe Club post, where we get to make a recipe from our secretly assigned blog. Tweak it a bit or do it exactly as in the original post, there was a lot of thinking about what to make today, since I got Ros’ The More Than Occasional Baker, which is a baking blog, and baker is my middle name.



I moved a month ago and have a tiny kitchen. Tiny, 100 sq.ft. 
And though many would say it’s enough, when you open the boxes and you realize you have 7 microplane graters, 17 soup bowls, 12 jars with assorted rice/quinoa/lentils, you conclude that the amount of kitchen stuff you hoarded since starting with a food blog is ridiculous. No matter how you look at it, it’s ridiculous. This house feeds one person, me, occasionally two, so… I rest my case.

Back to this recipe. The one that immediately caught my eye was the olive oil chocolate rosemary cake, because well, it has chocolate and olive oil and it's cake, duh. 
But then I decided that muffins were what I needed to make. They can be frozen for later consumption and the amount of dirty bowls is small. Because in a pint sized kitchen, you can’t afford to leave the dirty dishes for tomorrow. Two days of plates and glasses piling up in your sink and it looks like a bomb exploded. Trust me.




It turns out Ros has a lot of great muffin recipes. I was torn for a few days between the coffee apple ones and the double chocolate hazelnut and cherry ones. And then I hit the savory ones… I mean, bacon brie and fig muffins? Did this girl read my mind and mixed up some of my favorite things together?

These were originally savory ham, cheese and mushroom muffins. So I skipped those white caps and added more cheese instead – mozzarella to be exact, which melts so great for a picture – and let me tell you it was a lot of cheese. Exactly what I wanted, not much batter and a lot of extras. Which makes them not rise much btw, since all that cheese weighs the batter down.


I like to use small cheese cubes, not grate it, just like I did in the double cheese and dill scones. The result is chewier as opposed to cake-like muffins. But being savory, it suits them fine.

I ate two warm and called it lunch. The rest is frozen and I can see many nights ahead, tired after a work day, reheating them. Looking forward to it.



EXTRA CHEESY SAVORY HAM MUFFINS

You can use any combination of cheeses. I usually like a very melty one (mozzarella) and a stronger hard one, like gouda or even gruyere. Add salami or even cooked bacon bits instead of the ham.
Be sure to add enough salt and pepper. Under seasoned muffins are so dull.

Ingredients

4 Tbs (60g) olive oil or butter
2 or 3 shallots, chopped
6oz (170g) ham, chopped
2 cups cheese cubes (I used gouda and mozzarella), or grated
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325ºF / 170ºC. Grease or spray 12 muffin molds.
Melt oil or butter and sauté the shallots, until translucent. Don’t burn them or they will be bitter.
In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
Add cheeses, ham and shallots. Mix lightly.
In a small bowl mix egg and milk.
Add to the flour mixture, and with a wooden spoon, mix until combined. Don’t over mix.
Divide between the 12 muffin molds. The batter will be stiff.
Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden and barely risen.

Eat warm. Freeze leftovers.



66 comments:

  1. These muffins really are like slice of pizza! I like them :))

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  2. These are GORGEOUS, Paula!! Love that top photo...irresistible!

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  3. I can see why you had such a hard time deciding. I'm a huge muffin fan, and I would happily try any of those recipes. This one will be a great addition to my next brunch feast!

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  4. There are so many tantalizing recipes this reveal day - I am drooling, and will have to give these little muffins a try VERY soon! Yumm!

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  5. Your photography is amazing. This recipe turned out absolutely beautiful, great job! Happy SRC Day!

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  6. Love everything about these muffins! To me, a savory type beats the sweet anytime, so I know I would go crazy for them...

    big laugh with the 7 Microplane graters... if it helps, think that you are NOT alone. I sometimes look at my pantry and have to wonder how so much stuff got in there...

    gadgets... box graters, I had four. Four. When we moved, I gave away two, so now we have two. Big improvement, non? ;-)

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  7. The lush melted cheese has my undivided attention! What an enticing muffin! Great for breakfast on the go or paired with a salad or soup for lunch or dinner.

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  8. I'm glad you liked these muffins. I love the extra cheese - yum! Happy SRC reveal day.

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  9. Happy Reveal Day~ Great SRC pick~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  10. It's funny I look at the gorgeous photos and I think I can smell these yummy muffins. Totally my type of recipe!

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  11. Wow, extra cheesy is right, these look so wonderful :D
    I want to eat a whole batch!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  12. These muffins look and sound absolutely delicious!! Great pick this month!! :)

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  13. Oh, wow do your photos look gorgeous and delicious! If I could eat my screen, I totally would, especially with that first picture!

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  14. These are exactly the kind of recipes I need for my Life. Make, Bake and Freeze. I heart everything that you stirred into the batter especially the extra cheese. Now, Paula, how did you set up that first picture. It's perfect. How does one get cheese to cooperate like that? Remember when you posted a photograph of steam? I don't remember the recipe but I will always remember that fabulous photo. Hopefully you're getting into the routine of work, have gotten your new digs somewhat settled and feel good about it all. Still am liking your Pope, my dear.

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  15. i'm not usually a fan of savoury muffins, too many experiences at work conferences, cold and heavy. but maybe i haven't met the right one! the extra cheese of these could persuade me!

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  16. Did you say cheese? These could be breakfast or lunch! What a great choice to share with us today, Paula!

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  17. These look fantastic!!! And your photos are beautiful as usual Paula. What a great, great SRC pick this month!

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  18. Yum, these look delicious Paula. That melting cheese is drool-worthy! I can empathize with the experience of living in a tiny kitchen. Mine is tiny too (I don't even have a pantry) but nevertheless I keep accumulating more kitchenware and ingredients (argh, I think I'll soon have to live on the balcony to accommodate the goods!). You create beautiful stuff regardless of the (lack of) space. I could definitely polish off a few of these for lunch. Balanced meal? Yes! xx

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  19. Luscious lunch, Paula! I hope you are feeling settled in your new digs despite an extra microplane or two =) Believe me I can relate!

    Thank you always for your scrumptious recipe share =)

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  20. Ooh, I love that first photo! I prefer sweet breakfasts, but my husband would love these!

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  21. Anything that is called "extra cheesy" gets my attention and love! Your kitchen description makes me think that we should all post our kitchen photos someday. It would be really fun to see how others cope in tiny kitchens and large ones. (Sometimes I find the larger ones MUCH harder to work in...) Happy Tuesday! xo, David

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    1. David, I'm talking about you in this sentence...'though many would say it’s enough'... jaja!
      Just this morning I opened your blog and realized I'm behind commenting, for two weeks in a row! the shame...

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  22. Everything about this post is perfection, Paula. From your thought process on what to choose to make, why you picked muffins, what you changed about this recipe, and of course, these gorgeous, droolworthy photos. Your posts are always such a treat and a highlight to my day. I know what you mean about owning a thousand kitchen items. I went from a small kitchen to a much larger one and I couldn't believe how much I moved. I had every single spare inch of space filled when I was at my apartment. I hope everything's going great with you.

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  23. You had me at "extra cheesy", it has been ages since I have made muffins and these ones look exceptionally good. I too have a small kitchen and have had to scale back on the things and ingredients I have a tendency to accumulate (or as some would say...hoard).

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  24. Mmmm yes please.
    Savory muffins that have the words "extra cheese" are a win win with my morning espresso!

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  25. OMG that first picture is amazing!!!!! Muffins look delicious..great SRC pick!

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  26. Oh that stretchy cheese photo has me week in the knees. If I told my husband I made muffins with cheese and ham he would be one happy man.

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  27. They sound delicious! I think they sound like a perfect meal choice, and they would be awesome for when I am traveling:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

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  28. I would be in BIG trouble with all of the gadgets I've collected =) These muffins look beautiful Paula! Lovely photos!

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  29. You definitely caught my attention with extra cheesy, Since we're huge cheese lovers in my family. They would LOVE for me to pull these out of the oven for breakfast. Great job this month! :)

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  30. wow I am too in love with these cheesy muffins! Great clicks, Paula.

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  31. Don't those look fabulous! Love the first picture with the melty cheese!

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  32. I can't get over how incredible these look. Next time we have overnight guests, I'm going to knock them out with these for breakfast!

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  33. Yum, I am loving cheese at the moment and these look so tempting to make right now.

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  34. Oh my land! These look amazing. I think I would eat them all. Pinning this now! Visiting from Group D

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  35. We have way, way too much kitchen stuff too! Anyway, I'm totally in love with these muffins. They look so wonderful! Great job -- thanks so much.

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  36. Paula, this recipe looks heavenly, and your photography is spot on. Love it!

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  37. Paula, these would be perefct additions to my kids lunchboxes, extra cheese and delicious ham will certainly get their attention - love all your fabulous photos!
    Glad that you settled into your new home and your, albeit "small" kitchen...you have not seen my kitchen...small, smaller, the smallest...that drives me crazy sometimes...
    All the best, Andrea

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  38. Beautiful post and it's fun to see your much-loved muffin tin:-)

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  39. Paula, me muero, mira cómo se ve ese queso estirándose entre el muffin...!!! Qué buena idea usar la mozarella, tengo que hacerlos, a mi hijo y a mi esposo les encanta los muffins salados.

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  40. so yoummy and delicious, looks so great and tasty, got to try it..

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  41. If I had a choice between your savory muffin and a sweet blueberry muffin, I would choose yours hand down as it is practically perfect for lunch. Totally portable and if one had a microwave at work then you could even have it warm. Moving to a small kitchen from a large one is full of emotional angst as we swear we need everything we have and there is no letting go of the stuff. Actually it is the best thing we can do is simplify our lives and then it is easier to find things. I tell myself I need to do this soon, procrastination....Take Care, BAM

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  42. Paula, Your first photo is gorgeous! So appetizing it makes me hungry. I would love these muffins for my lunch…they look delectable! Good luck in your new house!

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  43. Bring it on with the cheese, delicious!!

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  44. I'd eat these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack in-between. Wow!

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  45. wow, i can barely smells and taste the cheesy savoury muffins!!!
    the first photograph issimply WOW, Awesome!!!

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  46. I would not want a kitchen that small, but I'm sure you'll make it work! These muffins look fab - that first picture alone is enough to have me reaching for my muffin tin!

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  47. These little puffs look so good! Just what we need in this cold weather :-)

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  48. These sound so perfect for a quick lunch too! I love that you packed the maximum amount of cheese into these. Yum :)

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  49. Paula! how did I miss this post? I don't think it came through in my email?! I just came here on a whim and here's a new recipe! I have had savory breads and rolls on the brain lately so these look absolutely fabulous!!! and hey, now when I click on links, a new window opens!!! HOORAY!!! :) and I actually think it's nice that you can't let dishes sit in your kitchen. . If you do, like I do sometimes, the pile up just gets out of hand and crazy. I've love to bake with you in your tiny, 100 sq.ft. kitchen. I'm sure it's charming and brilliant. nice to see a post from you! :)

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  50. Wow! These look really REALLY good. They look great for breakfast time! My mouth is watering just thinking about them! Thanks for sharing, I need to try this recipe out!

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  51. Gosh! Those savory muffins are to die for! I am so going bake these. I love baked savory stuff and this one is calling my name.

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  52. Paula, what an incredibly delicious ham and cheese muffins you've made...I have made bacon and cheddar cheese muffins in the past; but it does not compare to these amazing, and yummylicious ones! Bookmarked to want to make these real soon. Your photos are superb! xo

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  53. These just sound amazing! John would love them for breakfast or lunch!

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  54. Your first photo with the cheese stretched between the two halves is terrific. I know that the muffins have to be as good as they look and then some.

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  55. These muffins look phenomenal, Paula! So cheesy, yum! And the pictures are simply stunning :)

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  56. Your ham muffins sure look wonderful. An all in one grab to go breakfast.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  57. I don't know how you got the cheese to look so stringy and delicious! I want a bite and my tummy is grumbling!!
    Gourmet Getaways

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  58. these muffins look great! i tried a ham and gouda muffin before but it's been a while!

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  59. These are a perfect freeze and heat later lunch, thanks for sharing

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  60. Mmmm I love these kind of treats and lunch you are right! A pan of these with a salad and fruit and I'm more than happy!

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  61. I must say your cheese and ham muffins look over the top delicious! The photos are speaking the right language to me:D

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  62. These look fantastic Paula, a must try!!!

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  63. Cheesy....Savory....Muffins.... three of my fav words :) Your recipe got my soul dancing and singing :) Many thanks for an easy-to-execute recipe. Love.

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