Monday, January 20, 2014

Caesar Mini Muffins #AppetizerWeek #OXO #Giveaway #MuffinMonday

Savory muffins make perfect nibbles for any party.  These Caesar mini muffins have all the things that make us love Caesar salad, except the romaine!  Garlic, anchovies, lemon juice and Parmesan! 

I was awake in the middle of the night last week, thinking up muffin flavors and pondering what goes good together.  And suddenly inspiration hit.  What goes better than all the ingredients that make up my favorite Caesar salad dressing?  And even better, it occurred to me that a little savory muffin is perfect for that start of #AppetizerWeek, which, if you have been paying attention, is also my birthday week and the party continues!

So, without further ado, welcome to Day 1 of Appetizer Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Kristen from Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker.  With the big football game coming up, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your game day spread.  Each day we will be dishing up a different set of appetizers.  We hope you enjoy this fabulous group of recipes.  Tune in every day starting today, Monday, January 20 and ending on Saturday, January 25.  Lots of great prizes will be up for grabs so you do not want to miss one single day. Follow #AppetizerWeek on Twitter to keep up to date with all our amazing recipes and giveaways!  And, of course, we have a Pinterest board!

Ingredients - 36 cocktail muffins
2 cups or 250g all purpose flour
1 cup, grated, or 90g Parmesan cheese (plus a little extra for after baking, optional)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup or 60ml fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup or 180ml milk
1/4 cup or 60ml olive oil (For added flavor, I like to use the oil from the anchovy can then top up with more olive oil to make the required amount.)
2 eggs
1 small can (46g net weight, 25g drained) anchovies in olive oil
1 large clove garlic

Method
Preheat your oven to 350°F or 180°C and liberally grease some 36-cup combination of mini muffin pans.  I have three pans that make 12 mini muffins each.

Grate your Parmesan, if not already grated, and mince your anchovies and garlic.


Grind your half teaspoon of black pepper.  (A set of OXO grinders just like mine are in the giveaway today!  I bought them myself last year and love them.  You WANT to win these, so scroll down and enter.)

Set your measuring spoon on a plain piece or paper and start grinding.  When you think you have just about enough, fold the paper in half and finish filling the spoon.  Voila!  Mess-free, measured, fresh ground pepper.

In a large mixing bowl, combine your flour, baking powder, baking soda, black pepper and Parmesan.


In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk your eggs, milk, oil, lemon juice, garlic and anchovies.



Pour your liquids into the dry ingredients and fold until just mixed.




Divide the batter between the prepared cups in the muffin pan.



Just for fun, I made the last batch in my (well-greased) little madeleine pans.  They came out so cute!



Bake in your preheated oven for 15-20 minutes or until the muffins are lovely and golden.  Sprinkle on a little more Parmesan, if desired.  More cheese always equals better in my book.

The heat of the muffins should melt the cheese sufficiently for it to stick to the tops but if you need to put the pans back in the oven for just a couple of minutes, that works too.  After all, it’s probably still hot enough without turning the oven back on.

Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes then remove to a wire rack to continue cooling.  If the cheese sticks to your pan, just run a knife around the muffins to loosen them.



These are fabulous warm and go great with a glass of wine or whatever cocktail you are serving.

Enjoy!


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6 comments:

  1. I love the idea of a Caesar salad (sans Romaine) in a mini muffin form - yum. I can definitely see me enjoying these with a glass of wine, or two ;)

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  2. I have so many OXO gadgets that I love. I guess the cutting board with the scooper.

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  3. These would be perfect for lunch at work! My favorite OXO product is the salad spinner - it's Andy's too! :)

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  4. What a great idea…the muffins sound great. It seems I'm not the only one who thinks about recipes in the middle of the night. :)

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  5. These are so creative! The title caught my eye, and they look so tasty!

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