Recipe: Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins

Recipe: Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins

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Christine Gallary
Jan 26, 2018
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

If you're searching for a grab-and-go breakfast that's full of all the delicious things you would put in on omelet on a leisurely weekend morning, look no further than these breakfast muffins. Loaded with breakfast sausage, wilted baby spinach, tart apple, and sharp cheddar cheese, these savory muffins smell like a freshly baked quiche and make sure you get in some protein, fruit, and even greens for breakfast.

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

The sausage and spinach for these muffins need to be cooked first, so do the sautéeing before you even turn on the oven or measure out the other ingredients, then you can multitask and take care of those things while the sausage cools down. And while paper muffin liners usually make cleanup easy, I don't recommend them for this recipe; just generously greasing the tins means the muffins will pop out easily with a nice, tasty golden-brown outside.

A batch of these muffins in your refrigerator or freezer means that you won't be tempted to grab an expensive, sugary muffin at the coffee shop on the way to work.

Loaded Savory Breakfast Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

  • 1 tablespoon

    vegetable oil

  • 8 ounces

    uncooked breakfast sausage, casings removed

  • 3 cups

    baby spinach (about 3 ounces)

  • Cooking spray

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons

    baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon

    salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 tablespoons

    unsalted butter

  • 1 1/4 cups

    buttermilk

  • 2

    large eggs

  • 1 cup

    shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)

  • 2/3 cup

    small-dice apple

  • 1 tablespoon

    finely chopped fresh chives

Heat the oil in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the sausage and cook, breaking up the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until wilted, about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 375°F. Coat the wells of a standard 12-well muffin pan generously with cooking spray; set aside. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and set aside. Melt the butter and place in a medium bowl to cool to room temperature.

Add the buttermilk and eggs to the butter and whisk until combined. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until just combined; some lumps are fine. Add the sausage mixture, sprinkle with the cheese and apple, and fold until just combined. Divide the batter among the muffin wells; they will be very full. Sprinkle with the chives.

Bake until the tops just begin to brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes. Place the pan on a wire rack and cool for 5 minutes. Run a thin knife around each muffin to loosen, then transfer to the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or in the freezer for 3 months. Reheat cold or thawed muffins in a 300°F oven for about 10 minutes before serving if desired.

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