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Ham-and-Cheddar Muffins

Yield 12 (3-inch) muffins or 2 1/2 dozen mini muffins

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 medium-size sweet onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • Poppy seeds (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat; add onion, and sauté 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.

  2. Combine baking mix and half of cheese in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.

  3. Stir together milk and egg, blending well; add to cheese mixture, stirring until moistened. Stir in onion and ham. Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans, filling two-thirds full. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Sprinkle with poppy seeds, if desired.

  4. Bake at 425° for 18 minutes or until golden. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes before removing from pans.

  5. NOTE: Substitute mini muffin pans for regular pans, if desired. Bake at 425° for 14 minutes or until golden. Makes 2 1/2 dozen mini muffins.

  6. Reduced-fat Ham-and-Cheddar Muffins: Substitute low-fat baking mix, fat-free or low-fat shredded Cheddar cheese, and fat-free milk. Reduce butter to 1 tablespoon; proceed with recipe as directed.

  7. Ham-and-Swiss Muffins: Substitute shredded Swiss cheese for Cheddar; whisk in 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard with milk and egg. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  8. Sausage-and-Cheese Muffins: Substitute 1 cup hot or mild ground pork sausage, cooked and crumbled, for chopped ham. Proceed with recipe as directed.

  9. Chicken-and-Green Chile Muffins: Substitute 1 cup finely chopped cooked chicken for ham and 2 cups shredded Mexican four-cheese blend for Cheddar; add 1 (5-ounce) can chopped green chiles. Proceed with recipe as directed.