We enjoy savoury muffins more than sweet. These are perfect for breakfast or for a picnic.

The goat cheese makes it truly scrumptious. Feta, which is usually made of sheep’s milk, works too, though the end result will not be as creamy. If using feta, try and find the less funky Bulgarian or French variety. Cream cheese works, too.

The roasted red peppers can be replaced with greens or zucchini.

If using spinach or swiss chard, dunk the greens in hot water for 30 seconds, then cold water, and squeeze out all the water, then measure out 10 ounces and chop. If using frozen, use one 10-ounce pack, thaw and squeeze out the water.

If using zucchini (courgette), grate, squeeze out all the liquid. Add the liquid to some other dish, and measure out 1.5 cups of zucchini.

2 tablespoons of tapenade/olive paste/pesto can be added to these muffins. Reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp. if using any of these. The cheese usually has a lot of salt.

To roast red peppers, we find the broiler most convenient.
Watch this video, but please ignore the bit about ‘placing the pepper directly on the oven rack”. We place our peppers on a baking sheet, ‘cos we don’t have all day to clean burnt pepper juice from the oven.

Or use a readymade jar of roasted red peppers as we did. Make sure to pat them dry before using.

ROASTED RED PEPPER AND GOAT CHEESE MUFFINS

Makes 12 medium muffins

1 cup spring onions, chopped (both green and white parts)
4 egg whites (or 2 whole eggs – half cup)
3/4 to 1 cup milk
2 cups wholewheat pastry flour (or all purpose flour)
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp. dry crumbled oregano
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 cups skinned and chopped roasted red peppers
7 oz. goat cheese, in little bits
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp ajwain (bishop’s weed) or cumin seeds
1/4 tsp cayenne powder or red pepper flakes
lots of freshly cracked black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Grease a muffin tray or add paper liners.

2. In 2 tbsp. of the oil, add the ajwain/cumin, stir for a couple seconds, add the garlic and onions (white part) and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

3. Let cool. (Pour cold milk over them. Start with 1/2 cup milk)

4. Beat eggs until foamy; blend in remaining oil, milk and onions. Add the chopped onion greens.

5. Add flour, baking powder, oregano, salt, black pepper and cayenne/pepper flakes. Mix gently until there are no floury lumps.

6. Stir in chopped roasted red peppers and cheese. Add more milk if you need to. Check the salt and other seasonings.

7. Spoon into 12 greased muffin tins. If you have one empty spot, fill it halfway with water.

8. Bake 20 to 22 minutes. Test the muffin in the middle with a toothpick. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Let the muffins cool for 10 minutes on a rack.

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43 Comments

  1. Eskay says:

    Jai & Bee, this looks Yum!!! Cant wait to try it out.
    Cheers
    Eskay

  2. Ohh we too love savory things compared to sweet. They look yumm. I will have to try them soon…Thanks J & B.

  3. kribha says:

    Ooo..That looks so good. First look at the 1st pic made me think that it’s the cover of a cookbook. Beautiful. Bookmarking the recipe.Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anh says:

    I always like savoury muffins. And these look and sound very good.

  5. Mansi says:

    Very different and a nice way to enjoy the veggies…we love goat cheese too…my husband would be delighted to have his hand on one of those! might have to try them soon:)

  6. Asha says:

    Goat cheese and Blue cheese are acquired taste, we don’t fancy that much.Feta and cottage cheese are lot better!:)
    Looks great. I see Muffins didn’t rise well on top but with little wet cheese stuffing inside, that’s how you get them. I love the photos! Very good!

  7. Mythili says:

    That sounds really delish!!! I have some red peppers handy. Will try this out.

  8. saju says:

    yum yum yum goat cheese is one of my favs. Thank you :)

  9. Great entry for the event…What a photograph…Excellent :-) )

  10. Smita says:

    Yum! This could just be me – but those chillies look like the’re smooching :love:

    Smita

  11. Rajitha says:

    wow…i may try it with goat-cheese….they do taste good with roasted peppers….

  12. pam says:

    I love the combination of goat cheese and roasted red peppers. I would have neve thougth to combine them in the muffin. I can’t wait to try this!

  13. Hellooo, thank you for your entry!
    Those muffins look impressive and yummy… Margot

  14. siri_me says:

    Rocking Muffins J&B :yes: Love the first pic.. its so romantic :embarrass :embarrass

  15. You can also burn peppers over gas and then place them in the plastic bag for 10 minutes, then remove the skin :D

  16. Namratha says:

    Looks great, would love to try it!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Any easy substitute for eggs :(

  18. Suganya says:

    Love savoury muffins. But they don’t rise as much as the sweet ones.

  19. Nags says:

    looks lovely, as usual. But somehow, goat cheese grosses me out a lil bit..

  20. Srivalli says:

    Looks wonderful!

  21. sra says:

    It looks really nice, don’t think I’ve ever tasted goats cheese, though.

  22. Nirmala says:

    Wonderfull…a must try…will get back after my experiment!

  23. Cinnamon says:

    Looks wonderful…

  24. Rachna says:

    aww looks so yummy…me too love feta… in comparison to goat cheese….

  25. anjali says:

    The look lip smackingly good.

  26. Raaga says:

    they look yummy… only the cheeses they demand are unavailable or prohibitively expensive!! :-)

  27. mandira says:

    Looks delish, I am going to try this soon. Great first “click” event and a wonderful theme for the next one too!

  28. Laavanya says:

    I’m all for savoury muffins too… sounds like a lovely combination though i’ve never tasted goat cheese.

  29. shivapriya says:

    WOW, Can I have one. Even I don’t like sweet muffins but I can manage to eat 1 or 2 small ones. I’m sure going to try these.

  30. Sneha says:

    wow! thats new to me! never thought of savory muffins! Have to try this for sure! Thanks!

  31. Bri says:

    Yum! Savory muffins are a great idea. I just flew across country and had to bring food on the plane with me. These savory muffins would have been a filling, tasty thing to break up the monotony of PB&J sandwiches. I love roasted red peppers and goat cheese keeps things moist and has such a wonderful flavor. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. Sig says:

    Oh yummy… I too love savory stuff more… never had this combo in a muffin though!

  33. Raji says:

    Savoury muffins are so much a better idea than the sweet ones! – great idea and would love to replicate this for a dinner Saturday evening….few doubts if you can help me out…

    1.would this be possible to make as a single crustless quiche kind of thing, instead of individual muffins?if so, any adjustments needed?
    2.Roasting the pepper – can it be done under the grill in a stand alone oven – I’m assuming the broiler function is available only in gas range ovens?
    I have previously roasted eggplants under the grill, but am wondering whether the thinner skin might be a problem?
    Or would directly under a gas flame be a better idea?
    3. If I increase the proportions, will the eggs also increase proportionately? (dont want a completely eggy smelling thing!) what about the baking powder and baking soda – would they also increase proportionately?

    Thanks!

    Raji

    you can make it as a single thing by increasing the baking time and increasing the propostion of everything. it does not smell eggy at all, not if you use whites. you can grill the peppers. i guess the baking powder and soda do not have to be increasing proportionately. you can use 75%. – b

  34. Raji says:

    Thanks a ton Bee for the prompt reply, will update you on how it turned out! :)

    Raji

  35. viji says:

    It’s very interesting bee. Viji

  36. Raji says:

    I made this on the weekend and it turned out delicious! Thanks so much J&B :)
    Raji

  37. seena says:

    Looks like very tasty, haven’t tasted one yet.. :tongue:

  38. arundathi says:

    Goodness. It just came out of the oven and I’ve already eaten 2. Was so amazing. Thanks much!

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  43. Sunshinemom says:

    Looks very very yummy! I just saw them in Arundathi’s blog!



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