Monday, July 23, 2012

Three-Cheese Sausage Muffins for Muffin Monday



A wonderful savory muffin with loads of cheddar, Brie and Camembert cheese, pan-fried smoked sausage and just a little kick from the addition of cayenne pepper. 

Cards on the table:  I am not a sweet person.  (Although my friend, Shelly, assured me last night that I am.  Thanks, Shelly!) What I am trying to say is, I prefer savory dishes to sweet ones every time.  For the past few weeks, at least since I joined Muffin Monday, all of the muffins have been sweet so I had recipients in mind whenever I was baking.   This week it’s all about me! me! me!  I baked these last Thursday in preparation for posting on Monday and Friday morning I woke at 4:20 with a sense that someone was calling my name.  I believe it was these muffins.   Do you know how hard it is to go back to sleep with a muffin shouting your name?  Nigh impossible.  Through sheer will and earplugs I managed to get back to sleep, rising at 7 a.m. to let the dog out and silence the muffins.  I ate two in a row.  Revenge was sweet.  Or rather, savory.

The original recipe from The Pioneer Woman called for a generous amount of cheese already but because I am a fan of cheese platters, I always have little bits and pieces of leftover cheese in my freezer.  I added Brie and Camembert to the mix, along with some smoked sausage because when I don’t add bacon to something, I like to add sausage.  Fact.   Also, there is no such thing as too much cheese.

Ingredients
7 oz or 200g smoked sausage
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional but highly recommended)
12 oz or 340g cheddar cheese (The original recipe called for Colby Jack but I have yet to see that in Cairo, at least not at my little local store.)
2 3/4 oz or 80g EACH Camembert and/or Brie
1 cup or 240ml milk
1 egg
1/4 cup or 55g melted butter


Method           
Preheat your oven to 375°F or 190°C and generously grease your muffin tin.  I would suggest putting the batter into a greased tin rather than muffin cups because the cheese in these makes them bake up lovely and browned and crunchy all over.  You’d miss that in a paper cup.   I used non-stick cooking spray.

Slice 14 very thin rounds off of your sausage then chop the rest into small pieces.  



Gently fry the round pieces in a non-stick skillet until they are lightly browned on both sides and have just rendered their fat.  Drain on a paper towel.  We are going to use these to decorate the tops of the muffin so they will cook the rest of the way in the oven.





Tip the rest of the sausage into the pan and fry until they are brown and rather crispy.  Drain on a paper towel.




Meanwhile, grate your cheddar cheese and cut your Camembert and Brie into little chunks.



Whisk together your dry ingredients, then stir in the cheddar cheese.   Add in cayenne pepper if desired.



In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk, and butter together.  



Pour milk mixture into dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until it is just combined.



Fold in the Camembert, Brie and chopped sausage. 


Spoon the batter into your very well greased muffin tin.   Top each filled cup of batter with one of the 12 best-looking rounds of sausage.  Eat the two leftover ones.  Baker’s bonus.


Bake in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are looking browned and crispy and delicious and you can’t wait another second to eat them.


Allow the muffins to cool for a few minutes then use a non-pointy knife to loosen/remove them from the muffin tin.



Enjoy!




12 comments :

  1. Sorry to have missed this week's muffin...sounds like it was a keeper! Some of my favourite Muffin Monday recipes have been savoury. Glad you got to satisfy your cravings!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Missed you this week, Jasmine! I loved the whole idea of a cheese muffin so this was fun for me. Did you see the other two?! Mac and cheese and Asiago and rosemary muffins. I wanted them both!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Am I seeing Eckrich sausage? Those muffins are so inviting.

    ReplyDelete
  4. So close! Hillshire Farms. And, by the way, the jalapeño cheese sausage you bought us at the Bellville butcher did make it to Cairo! I was so overwhelmed by the weight limit of 50 pounds that I couldn't remember what I had taken out or left in Cecilie's suitcase. Can't wait to try it since the others were so tasty. Simon said it was all still frozen solid when it arrived.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow!!! That looks so amazingly good. I love the addition of not one, not two, but three cheeses!! And the sausage just takes it over the top. Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  6. I could feel my arteries clogging as I ate them, Kate! But sooooo worth it!

    ReplyDelete
  7. LOVE this! I'm not a savory muffin person, but your combination is just perfect! Even the sliced smoked sausage garnish on top--wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  8. No one EVER complains about anything being too cheesy!! Must try this one.

    ReplyDelete
  9. There is no such thing as too much cheese!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks, Carrie! A couple of Muffin Monday bakers last week had a slice of fruit on top and I thought, "Hey, sausage deserves as much credit!"

    ReplyDelete
  11. I am one who believes - there is nothing like too much cheese! Adding sausages for a great idea!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks, Anuradha! You came up with a winner this week!

    ReplyDelete

Where in the world are you? Leave me a comment! It makes me happy to know you are out there.