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Savory Smoked Ham and Cheese Muffins

Savory Smoked Ham and Cheese Muffins

Savory Smoked Ham and Cheese Muffins

I love a savory cake or savory bread especially when it's straight from the oven and accompanied by a tasty soup and big chunks of butter.
I can hear you now, sighing at the thought of so much cholesterol, but wait, it 'aint so bad and a little fat never hurt anyone especially if the rest of the dish is low in fat.

This recipe for Savory Smoked Ham and Cheese Muffins is a great one to have in your repertoire.
These can be batch made and frozen for use when you need them or, if they make it that far, they can be used to accompany salad at lunch and soup at dinner.

The centre of these little beauties will have pockets of melted cheese depending how you the cheese is cut (cubed vs grated) so don't be alarmed if the texture is dense, that's the way it's supposed to be.

In France they make a version of these muffins but they make it in loaf form so a slice can be eaten with breakfast or cubes can be cut to accompany an aperitif.
You can make this recipe in a loaf tin but the cooking time will be longer - approx. 40 - 45 minutes.

The flavor is best if the muffins are warm when eaten so re-heat in the oven or microwave.
Also, cheese wise, I use a combination of Parmesan for zestiness and Gruyere for the nutty flavor but you can use cheddar or even goats cheese if that's your thing.
Ham wise, smoked ham has better flavor for me but you could also use pre-cooked bacon bits or unsmoked ham.
Olives, are optional. I have a hard time with olives at breakfast but i'll add them in if i'm going to use them for lunch and dinner.

Finally, the healthy part. These muffins are quite filling and so work well with soups and foods that aren't too creamy.
I love these with fresh Tomato Soup and there just happens to be a recipe for one of those on my site - here's the link - Roasted Fresh Tomato Soup

Bon Appetit!

Savory Smoked Ham and Cheese Muffins

Best served warm with a blob of butter....

Savory Smoked Ham and Cheese Muffins
Ingredients: 

Makes 11 or 12 muffins

315g Plain Flour
2¼ tsp Baking Powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp Baking Soda
¼ tsp Fresh Ground Black Pepper
1 tsp Mustard Powder
70g Grated Parmesan Cheese
70g Grates Gruyere Cheese
145g Smoked Ham - cut into small dice
60g Black Olives - pitted and chopped into small pieces2 large Eggs
170ml Milk
4 tbsp Butter - melted

The Mix: 

Heat oven to 160ºc fan assist or equivalent

Grease your muffin cups

Sieve dry ingredients together into a bowl
Add cheeses, ham and olives and mix in well

Place Eggs, milk and melted butter together in a bowl and whisk until smooth
Add egg mixture to flour mixture and stir until just incorporated - be careful not to over mix, some streaks of flour are ok
The batter will be very thick, this is ok!

Divide batter between muffin cups and place in centre of oven for approx. 20 - 25 minutes
The muffins are ready when a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean
Let muffins cool for about 10 minutes in the tin then remove and allow to cool on a wire rack

Enjoy!

Drink This: 

Wine will depend on what you are eating the muffins with but if it is Roasted Fresh Tomato Soup try this Torrontés from Argentina

Torrontes

Comments

Savoury muffins are just so good and I never think to make them. Definitely going to try these out. I love the idea of a loaf cut into cubes with an aperitif too.

di's picture

Thanks Nicole - they are pretty good with a nice glass of rosé too!

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