Friday, June 15, 2012

Savory Herb Cheese Muffins

I made these yummy muffins for my Bunco Salad Supper next week.  They're sitting in the freezer, until Monday.  Muffins freeze beautifully.  I wanted to make a savory muffin as well as a sweet one, because I have a lot of herbs growing on my patio, basil, sweet oregano, mint, thyme, rosemary, and cilantro, and chives We use a lot of herbs in our low sodium cooking, because if there is so much flavor from the herbs, who needs salt, right?  It is so much fun to step out onto the patio to go "shopping" for my herbs. Just remember, if you are using fresh herbs you have to use more almost double the amount of fresh herbs, than the dried herbs in the jar. Then I added a little cheese, even though I'm not a fan of cheese.
These muffins turned out so well, moist and bursting with lots of flavor from the herbs I used, basil, chives, rosemary, and oregano, in addition to the cheese. You can see the speckled herbs through out the muffins  My oregano plant on the far left, isn't doing too well, and the leaves were so small, that I had to supplement the oregano with some dried oregano, as well. Of course, I had to sample these little babies hot out of the oven, and was not disappointed. I do think that they would taste better warm, however, to get the full flavor of the herbs and cheese.

I finally got to meet The Mom Chef and Dudette, aka Christiane Bilezikian Potts and Sophie, who came to visit family. she grew up about 20 miles from me. It was such a pleasure to meet them, and go out to breakfast with them. Thanks, Christiane and Sophie, I had a great time.

Savory Herb Muffins Adapted from The California Culinary Academy and Once Upon a Plate

Makes 12 regular size muffins or 24 mini muffins

2 cups Whole-wheat pastry flour, or unbleached white flour
1 tablespoon Baking powder
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (I didn't use)
1 Tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped ( or 2 teaspoons dried oregano)
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme)
1 Tablespoon fresh basil, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried basil)
1 Tablespoon fresh  chopped chives
2 Eggs
1 Egg white
1 cup Nonfat buttermilk or sour milk
2 tablespoons mildly flavored vegetable oil (I use canola)
2 teaspoons sugar (or 1 Tablespoon honey), less if you like.
1/ 3cup Grated Parmesan cheese (I used Colby Jack)
** You can any combination of fresh or dried herbs that you wish.


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil or spray a 12-cup or mini muffin tin

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, oregano, thyme, and basil, and chopped chives in a large mixing bowl.

In another bowl combine eggs, egg white, buttermilk, the 2 tablespoons oil, sugar,

Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture, stirring briefly, then spoon into prepared muffin cups. Do not over mix, filling two thirds full.

Bake for 25 minutes (For mini-muffins begin checking at 12 minutes, ovens vary. Mine usually take between 12-15 15 and 18 minutes.) Let cool slightly, then remove from tins.

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  1. Love all those fresh herbs. I have mine all in one big pot! love the mint, rosemary and basil my favorites. I have lots of oregano, but have to dry that its way to strong raw. These muffins are lovely with savory flavors cant wait to try them!

    1. Claudia,
      The first year we planted the herbs, we tried them all in a big pot, but the cilantro took over everything. Now have them in separate pots. Works out much better.

    2. Yummy!!! I have no skill in cooking, hence your sharing is so interesting and I love it. I always find food & beverage coupons and this is a great way for me to enjoy delicious meals and save my budget.

  2. These little muffins look tasty and I love all the herbs in there fresh from your garden. My oregano is doing pretty well this year. Some years seem to do better than others. Have a lovely weekend.

    1. Suzi,
      This is the first year for Oregano for us. We'll see you it goes. The herbs add so much flavor to the muffins.

  3. This is a nice change from the usual sweet muffns i make! And your photograph looks beautiful.
    I am so happy to be back to blogging and i am catching up with your old posts...hehe :)

    1. Abeer,
      I had never made savory muffins before these, but they have so much flavor with the herbs.

      I'm glad to see you back blogging, but you had a good excuse, your Baby Boy!

  4. These will be perfect for our bbq party this weekend! Thank you!

    1. These muffins would be good for breakfast,BBQ or brunch.

  5. Oh, that's so sweet, Becky. You got to meet each other in person. I love to meet fellow food bloggers in person. The only chance I got, was at the foodbuzz food festival last November!

    Love the savory muffins, pretty presentation, and so nice, isn't it? when you can grow your own herbs!

    1. Elisabeth,
      It was such a pleasure to get to meet Christiane and Dudette. I have never been able to go to festival.

      It is nice to go"shopping" for herbs in your back yard.

  6. Love those muffins and all your fresh herbs! I have to try this. Have a good weekend, Becky! Pam

    1. Pam,
      these muffins are so good with the fresh herbs. If you make them, let me know how you like them. Enjoy your weekend!

  7. These look SO muffins with buttermilk in them!

    1. Betsy,
      I made sour milk, because I didn't have buttermilk on hand. Sour milk works the dame as buttermilk, and gives the muffins a nice flavor.

  8. cheese and herbs are such a lovely combination - these muffins look and sound delicious!
    Mary x

  9. These savoury muffins look insanely delicious :D

    Choc Chip Uru


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