Savory Rosemary & Chevre Muffins


My darlings! I'm sorry about my long absence. I didn't even realize it had been so long. One moment I was throwing up my hands and giving up half-way through NaBloPoMo and then next thing I knew I was sitting on my parents couch with my boyfriend and family surrounded by piles of wrapping paper and shiny bows. Just like that it went from mid-November to a couple days before New Years. Funny, huh?

I hope Christmas was good to you. Or if you don't celebrate Christmas then I hope you at least enjoyed a few days off work and maybe even got to snag a slice or two of that yummy cake they were passing out at work the other day. 

Santa was very good to me. He brought me a gorgeous new set of red KitchenAid pots and pans , a beautiful new spice rack, and a long-lusted for trio of Wusthof Le Cordon Bleu knives (it seems Santa shops at Williams Sonoma). Santa and my boyfriend conspired and brought me this INCREDIBLE squooshy chef's mat for my kitchen floor. If you don't have one, I highly recommend it if like me you spend hours in the kitchen barefoot. I always used to end the day curled up in pain from my aching lower back, but not anymore. Also (bonus!) anything that falls on it seems to bounce. I've already inadvertently tested this with a wine glass, an egg, a glass measuring cup, and one porcelain ramekin. You might have to try it out to believe it, but the difference really is amazing. I would even recommend it for hair stylists or doormen or restaurant hostesses. Basically anyone that has to stand in one spot for loooong periods of time.  

I also got an assortment of whisks and pinch bowls and a cookbook, and my brother signed my boyfriend and me up for a Wine of the Month club membership that will deliver two tasty wines a month to our apartment for the next six months. Anyway, I think we made out like bandits.


New kitchen toys plus free time equals lots of fun new recipes that I'm excited to share. First on deck are these ridiculously easy and tasty savory muffins, which I've stuffed with chunks of fresh chevre, sauteed red onions, and sprigs of rosemary. I made these for our Christmas party this year. The theme was "breakfast at night," and I served an array of breakfast-themed canapes including little omelettes, potato and zucchini latkes, and mini waffles with different toppings. 

The savory muffins were a snap to make and they replaced the usual bread and crackers. They're perfect to serve alongside a cheese plate to keep your guests entertained while you finish up dinner (or your makeup). They also freeze well and can be made well ahead of time. Serve them warm straight from the oven or at room temp. Also yummy with eggs the next morning!

If you're not a goat cheese (or rosemary or onion) fan, these are really easy to modify. Try a version with roasted garlic and cream cheese or fontina and roasted red peppers. The combinations really are endless. Let me know what you come up with!


Savory Rosemary & Chevre Muffins
Ingredients
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering tins
1 small red onion, minced
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
1 teaspoon kosher salt 
2/3 cup fresh chevre goat cheese (plain or herbed), broken into small 1/2" chunks 
 4 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, plus 24 small sprigs for garnishing (garnish optional)

Directions
Begin by melting the butter in a small saucepan and sauteing the onion in it for about 5 - 8 minutes, or until soft and just slightly caramelized. Allow onions to cool.

Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Grease your mini muffin pan well with oil or pan spray, or line with mini muffin liners.

Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Beat one egg, then whisk it together with the milk and sour cream or yogurt.  Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently just until combined (don’t mind if there are a few small lumps).

Gently fold in the cooked onion, goat cheese, and chopped rosemary into the muffin batter. (Reserve the sprigs).

Spoon the mixture straight into greased mini muffin tins until it just about reaches the top (you can also use mini muffin tin liners, if you'd like).

Beat the second egg with a tablespoon of water and brush each of the muffin surfaces, then insert a small sprig of rosemary in the center of each one.  (this step is totally optional; sometimes I skip it)

Bake about 20 minutes or until risen and just slightly golden and a tester inserted into the largest muffin comes out clean (a bit of melted goat cheese may stick to the tester, but no batter)

Let cool for two minutes before gently removing to a rack to continue cooling.

Serve warm or room temperature. If you want to store, freeze the muffins and then let defrost at room temperature for two hours before serving. You may also reheat briefly in a 350 degree oven. 

12 comments:

  1. I'm glad you came back. :) I kept checking the site hoping for new posts to no avail.

    And what a great recipe to come back with, the muffins look great. Can't wait to see what else you whip up with your new kitchen gadgets.

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  2. Oooh, Santa was nice! These are adorable little muffins, at first they looked like mounds of mashed potatoes. They sound delish!

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  3. These look great. I can almost smell them cooking!

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  4. All the people I cook for are goat cheese fanatics and lucky for them with these muffins!! They look so very yummy. Thanks for the posting.

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  5. Love the idea of the savory muffin!

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  6. I got a rosemary bush for Christmas... which pretty much makes me the luckiest man on the planet. I may have to make these muffins to prove it.

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  7. Ohh... I can just taste these little pretties, still warm from the oven...

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  8. I made these last weekend to go along with some chicken piccata and they were very tasty. Thank you!

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  9. I want to serve these as an appetizer before Thanksgiving dinner so I did a test run tonight..delish! After they were in the oven I realized that I had not added the sour cream...can you tell me when it gets added to the recipe, as I don't see it in the instructions? Thanks

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  10. Hi Elspeth,

    I'm so excited that you liked them! Honestly the sour cream step is totally optional, although I think it adds just a smidge more moisture. If you do decide to add it, just whisk it with the eggs and the milk in that step then proceed as in the recipe. Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

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