Sharing Mountain Recipes
by Randi Lee Levin
Personally, I think that these muffins are a perfect accompaniment to a howl of soup or chili. However, many customers would grab these out of my delivery basket early in the morning. They used to tell me that the cheesy taste and moist texture, in addition to a few vegetables, made these a great food to start the day with. A versatile recipe, whereby one can add different vegetables, meats or fruits and a variety of seasonings according to what the muffins are accompanying, making this an exceptional addition to all recipe collections.
Makes 4-5 large muffins
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) melted butter, margarine or canola oil (I use margarine)
• 2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
• 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons flour
• 3 diced scallions
• 2 eggs or equivalent liquid egg substitute
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
• 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar or Swiss cheese
• 2 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
• 3/4 teaspoon dill (optional)
• Salt and pepper optional
Preheat oven to 375° F
1. At slow speed, mix all of the ingredients until thoroughly combined.
2. Grease 4-5 large muffin sections. .
3. Fill each muffin section 7/8 full with the batter.
4. Bake 25-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean but moist. Serve warm for best flavor.
Cheddar Apple Muffins: Leave out scallions, dill, and garlic powder, and add % cup chopped apples, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the batter. One half cup of raisins or chopped nuts can also be added.
Spinach Cheese Muffins: Add 3/4 cup cooked and chopped spinach.
Bacon Cheese Muffins: Add 3 large slices of crumbled bacon or 2/3 cup of diced ham.
Jalapeno Cheddar Muffins: Add 2 drops of hot sauce, 2 teaspoon chopped, diced jalapenos and 1/4 cup diced green pepper. With this combination, use cheddar or pepper jack cheese.
Cheddar Broccoli Muffins: Add 3/4 cup chopped broccoli, cooked and drained to the batter.
High Altitude Only: If doubling this recipe, add an extra egg, bringing the total to 5 eggs. If tripling, add two extra eggs, bringing your total to 8 eggs.