Muffin Tin Mastery

February 7th, 2017

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Break out your trusty muffin tin for these perfectly portioned recipes that are quick and easy. Often during the week there is not much time for cooking. Using muffin tins allows you to cook in bulk when it’s convenient for you and enjoy home cooking during the busier days. It also allows for cute presentation and perfect portions.

Breakfast Bites

Soufflé Cups

Muffin tins create perfect portions and portability when it comes to breakfast. By combining your favorite ingredients along with eggs, you can make delicious soufflé cups. This recipe is great for family gatherings or special brunches.

Ingredients
6 sliced Broadbent Bacon, cooked and chopped
½ c. green onions chopped
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp salt
6 Eggs, large
4 Egg whites
1 c. low-fat milk

Directions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine bacon, onions and pepper. Whisk together eggs, egg whites, milk and salt in a bowl. Coat your muffin tin with cooking spray (use muffin liners if you prefer). Pour eggs mixture even among the 12 cups, then top with bacon mixture. Bake until tops begin to brown around 25 minutes.

Mini-Pancakes

These mini-pancakes are perfect for small children or to take in the car. You can customize them and make them different flavors or all the same. These also freeze well after baking and can be reheated throughout the week.

Ingredients
Broadbent Pancake Mix
Water
Toppings (chocolate chips, blueberries, strawberries, etc)

Directions
Mix your pancake mix with water until you reach the desired consistency (per the package directions). Pour into your greased muffin tins and fill ½-3/4 way full, then put your desired toppings on (press them in slightly). Bake around 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

The sizes are perfect and any of your breakfast favorites can be basically be baked into muffin tins including other favorites such as oatmeal, breads and stuffed biscuits. This is a great way to use up what you have on hand, even if there isn’t enough to feed everyone in one sitting.

Lunch & Dinner Delights
Soups
Make up a big batch of your favorite soup(s) on a day when you’ve got time on your hands. Once it has cooled to room temperature ladle it into your muffin tin, then place directly in the freezer. I recommend a few hours depending on your freeze (deep freeze is usually quicker). Once they are good and frozen pop out the individual soups and store in a freezer safe bag.  Then when you’re ready to eat, pop out as many you want and heat them up in the microwave. This can be great for kids who are old enough to reheat their own foods as a simple snack, or to keep waste down. You can also always use this trick to save left overs for longer than a day or two.

*If you freeze soups with pasta in them, the pasta may break in the freezer but it won’t affect taste.

BBQ Bacon Burger Bites
Ingredients
1lb. ground beef (lean)
½ c. Broadbent Hickory Bacon, cooked & chopped
½ c. biscuit mix
1 egg
1 tsp BBQ seasoning
¼ c BBQ sauce
3 slices sharp Cheddar Cheese, quartered

Directions
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray your 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. In a large bowl combine beef, bacon, biscuit mix, eggs and BBQ seasoning. Divide it evenly among all 12 cups. Press down to create a firm connection. Bake 14-17 minutes or until the beef has been cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Then brush with BBQ sauce, top with cheese. Bake a few moments longer allowing cheese to melt.

*If you wanted to freeze these simply stop once the meat is cooked, and add cheese with a touch of BBQ sauce during the reheating process.

Try these recipes to fill your freezer and keep your weeknights full of flavor. Try making your family favorites using muffin tins. I love how they create customizable portions and can let children feel more in charge. Be sure to customize recipes for your families likes and dislikes. Share below any recipes or items you know freeze well.

Written by Laura Oberle

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