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50+ scrumptious savoury muffins

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As everyoneSavoury muffins ... yummy muffins kids love that are perfect for hiding veg for picky eaters seemed to like my list of 100 fruit muffins so much, I thought I would also share my list of savoury ideas.

Savoury muffins are just as popular in our house as the sweet ones and they are a great way to use up small amounts of leftovers and to smuggle veg into fussy eaters.

As with my fruit muffins, I use as a starting point a recipe from my big fave River Cottage cookbook  I then tweak it depending what else is going in – inevitably there’s a bit of trial & error …

The recipe is half plain and half spelt flour and I do think the spelt makes them special … it’s much lower GI than normal wheat flour and more gut friendly if you’re gluten intolerant. AND it’s super tasty!

Savoury Muffin Recipe

  • Mix together in a large bowl 125g (half a cup) plain flour / 125g (half a cup) spelt flour with 2 tsp of baking power, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda / bicarb and a large pinch of salt
  • Whisk together in a jug 2 eggs, 80g (a third of a cup) of melted butter, 125ml (4.3 fl oz) plain yogurt and 125ml (4.3 fl oz) milk (or all yogurt or butter milk)
  • Mash, finely chop or zest ~ 200g (4/5ths of a cup) of savoury ingredients
  • If you’re trying to hide the veg blend it with the whisked liquid
  • Fold the liquid into the dry ingredients
  • Then fold in any unblended savoury ingredients
  • Bake for just under 20 minutes at 180-200c

If you’re making savoury muffins regularly it is worth getting a 24 cup muffin pan as I find, although my daughter totally loves them, she struggles to get through a full size muffin which means lots of waste or me eating her leftovers … which is not a good thing!!


50+ Savoury Muffin Ideas

Here goes with the list which I’ve divided between cheese, meat, fish – I really want to try the crab ones! – and veg based ideas …

Cheese based

  • Blue cheese & brandy (had to start the list with that one!)
  • Feta cheese & black olive
  • Feta cheese & spinach
  • French soft cheese & chives
  • Goats cheese & rosemary
  • Gruyere with apple & sage
  • Parmesan & herb
  • Ricotta & basil

Meat based

  • Bacon & cheese
  • Bacon & leek
  • Bacon & sweetcorn
  • Chicken & green chilli
  • Chicken & parmesan
  • Chicken, cheddar & apple
  • Curried chicken
  • Ham & broccoli
  • Ham & courgette
  • Ham & leek
  • Ham & pea
  • Sausage & cheese
  • Turkey meatloaf

Fish based

  • Crab, polenta & sweetcorn
  • Salmon, pesto & cheese
  • White fish with spring onion, garlic & red pepper

Vegetable based

  • Butternut squash & spice
  • Broccoli & cornmeal
  • Carrot & apple
  • Carrot & cinnamon
  • Carrot & date
  • Carrot, spinach & cumin
  • Carrot & pineapple
  • Courgette (zucchini) & chard
  • Courgette & cheese
  • Courgette & pine nut
  • Courgette & sesame seed
  • Courgette & feta cheese
  • Courgette & red pepper
  • Leek, prosciutto & brie
  • Onion & walnut
  • Pea & smoked cheese
  • Pea & cumin
  • Potato, bacon & sweetcorn
  • Pumpkin & apple
  • Pumpkin & chocolate (!)
  • Pumpkin & cranberry
  • Pumpkin & rosemary
  • Red pepper & parmesan
  • Red pepper, spinach & feta
  • Red pepper & aubergine
  • Red onion & cheese
  • Spinach, red pepper & feta
  • Spinach & pesto
  • Spinach & parmesan
  • Sun dried tomato & cheese
  • Sweet potato & walnut
  • Sweet potato & pecan

What about you? What are your fave savoury muffin combinations?

And if you’re looking for more ideas do check out our other picky eater and cake posts …

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Liam Hallam

Thursday 11th of July 2013

Loving these ideas- I'm thinking of trying some cheese and bacon savoury muffins so will report back once I've come up with some.

Laura Foster

Sunday 16th of June 2013

Just tried onion and walnut - fantastic, thanks!


Tuesday 26th of March 2013

Hey--found this on party at Elizabeth & Co--nice recipe! Great suggestions on how to flavor too- Thanks!

The Tablescaper

Monday 25th of March 2013

So many wonderful ideas! I can't wait to put them to work.

- The Tablescaper


Friday 22nd of March 2013

Oh, what a great list! So many delicious ideas. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!