Vidalia-Cheddar-Pecan Muffins

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Southern Living

Recipe Time

Prep: 10 Minutes
Bake: 20 Minutes
Cool: 8 Minutes


3/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons butter
1 large Vidalia onion, chopped (1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose baking mix
1 1/2 cups (6 oz.) shredded Cheddar cheese
3/4 cup milk
2 large eggs


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring once halfway through.

2. Meanwhile, melt 3 Tbsp. butter in a medium-size nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; add Vidalia onion, and sauté 6 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender and begins to caramelize.

3. Remove pecans from oven; increase oven temperature to 425°.

4. Combine baking mix and cheese in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture. Whisk together milk and eggs; add to cheese mixture, stirring just until moistened. Stir in onion and pecans. Spoon into a lightly greased muffin pan, filling almost completely full.

5. Bake at 425° for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 2 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and let cool 6 to 8 minutes. Serve warm.

Vidalia-Cheddar-Apple Muffins: Omit pecans. Preheat oven to 425°. Toss 1 peeled and chopped Granny Smith apple with 2 tsp. sugar in a small bowl. Prepare recipe as directed, stirring apple into batter with onion in Step 4. Bake: 14 min.

May 2009
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