Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Stove Top Stuffin' Muffins


Searching the Internet for Thanksgiving recipes, I've come across numerous ideas for muffins made of (turkey) stuffing, or should I say, turkey stuffing made into muffin shapes.

Wandering through Wegmans, I noticed boxes of Stove Top Stuffing on sale. Decided to give the muffin idea a try with this inexpensive product. Easier than fixing a huge pot of real stuffing that would take forever to eat by myself.

One thing I noticed about several of the recipes I found online was that the stuffin' muffins tend to fall apart when removed from the muffin tins. I added an egg in hopes that it would help hold the ingredients together. It worked. I also found that the more they cooled, the better they remained in one piece.



STOVE TOP STUFFIN' MUFFINS

Ingredients...
6-ounce box Stove Top Stuffing Mix for turkey (there are other varieties which should work just as well)
1-1/2 cup water
1/4-cup unsalted butter
1 beaten egg
1/4-cup chopped walnuts
Spray olive oil



Directions...
1. Preheat oven to 375-degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a medium-sized saucepan, heat water and butter to boiling.
3. Stir in Stove Top Stuffing Mix. Cover and remove from heat.
4. Let sit 5 minutes then stir with a fork.
5. Transfer to a large bowl and cool, stirring once or twice.
6. Again with a fork, stir in the beaten egg and the walnuts.
7. Spray muffin tin.
8. Loosely spoon stuffing mixture into the muffin tin, filling eight sections for larger muffins or up to 24 smaller ones. Lightly pat them down with wet fingers.
8. Bake 20-25".



These were so easy to assemble and cook (even when setting up for and taking photos!). I did forget to get a picture of them in the muffin tin, before or after cooking, so you'll just have to use your imagination.

I ate four (egads!) for lunch along with Roasted Brussels Sprouts. I'll be posting the recipe for these scrumptious Brussels sprouts soon. Even if you're not a Brussels sprout fan, how can you resist them with pancetta, chicken tenders and dried cranberries?

For a smaller family: Stove Top Stuffin' Muffins will be a delicious change AND the kids will enjoy being able to pick them up. Plus, if you want, you can make them the day before.

Leftover homemade stuffing never seems the same after turkey day. So, this might be a good way to use up leftovers. Again, the kids are apt to love them.




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