MEAT MUFFINS! (and other muffin pan dishes)

Today, my friend Stefeny sent me a link to a very cool recipe site: Do You Know The Muffin Pan? Such a cool idea – all recipes that can be made in a muffin pan! Sadly, I had this idea years ago! I wish I’d thought to extend my idea to create more recipes.

Many years ago, I was in a co-ed Bible study with a group of friends. Each week, we took turns cooking for the group of ten or so of us. My week was coming up, and I had no idea what to make. I asked Becky what she was in the mood for, and she suggested meatloaf. I don’t know how the idea came about, but at some point I decided I could make personal-sized meatloaf using a muffin pan. All I did was use an established meatloaf recipe, but divided the recipe in the muffin pan cups and baked. MEAT MUFFINS! were born.

(At this point, I must explain the all-caps of the MEAT MUFFINS! You cannot just say meat muffins. There’s a very specific way you need to say it. It’s a kinda screechy MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET MUFFINS!)

Since then, I have made only one other dish in my muffin pans (other than cupcakes or muffins, of course) – egg scrambles. It’s actually extremely simple. In a bowl, scramble eggs with a little bit of water or milk the way you would if you were making scrambled eggs. 1 egg equals approximately one muffin cup (depending on how much stuff you add too it). Add whatever extras you’d like. I recommend cheese for sure, but you can also add ham, sausage, peppers, bacon, veggies, etc. (a good recipe can be found here, but feel free to add what you’d like). Combine it all in a bowl. Spray your muffin pan with a non-stick spray, or, you can use aluminum or silicon muffin pan liners. Divide your mixture between the muffin cups and bake. I bake mine around 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. They are done when the tops are slightly browned, and a toothpick comes out clean.

Cooking in a muffin pan makes for great personal-sized meals. They are easy to freeze, and easy to bring to work for lunch. And they make for great conversation starters at parties!

I would love to hear your ideas of what else you have made in your muffin tins!