Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sweet Melissa Sundays - Caramelized Onion, Sage and Cheddar Muffins

This week's recipe was Caramelized Onion, Sage, and Cheddar Muffins. It was chosen by Hanaa of Hanaa's Kitchen.


I have to admit I wasn't going to do this one. I am not much on savory muffins. I like my muffins sweet and fruity. Onions? Sage? Cheese?? In a muffin? But, I decided to pull some chili out of the freezer for dinner tonight and figured I might as well try the muffins. Thought they might go well with the chili. I cut the recipe in half, because I didn't want to have a dozen muffins I didn't like sitting around the kitchen. Silly me!


These muffins were delicious!! And, they were so easy to put together. I think I had them in the oven in under 30 minutes, and that included frying up the onions. I followed the recipe just about word for word, omitting only the cayenne pepper. My hubby isn't big on pepper of any kind. I left in the black pepper, but cut it back a bit.  I fried up one white onion in some olive oil until the peices were nice and brown and caramelized. Love the smell of onions cooking. Should have know these would be good just because of the onion. I chopped up some fresh sage and tossed that in with the onions and 1/2 cup mild cheddar cheese. (Didin't have any sharp on hand). Filled my muffin papers up with the batter and tossed them in the oven to bake for the 30 minutes.


The smell of them baking was wonderful! After 30 mintues I took them out of the oven and put them on a rack to cool. They puffed up and you could see little pieces of onion and cheese peeking out through the crusty top. I let them cool for about 30 mintues or so and then tried one.


As I mentioned earlier in this post, they were delicious! I think I would kick up the sage a tiny bit and also the cheese. I cut the recipe in half, but think while the onions were about perfect as far as flavor went, the other two flavors were almost overpowered by the onions. But, still, the texture was perfect, nice crusty top and moist and tender inside. The flavor combination was great and I think they will go wonderfully with the chili later. I am thinking about trying the Bosc Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut ones next. I have to say this recipe certainly changed my opinion about savory muffins.

Head on over to SWS to see what the other bakers thought.

14 comments:

  1. I loved them too. It was one of those recipes I was on the fence over too. Im so glad I went for it. They are delicious and go so well with soup! Your muffins look perfect!

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  2. Your mufffins look wonderful. I didn't bake this week and now I wish I had!! They will be wonderful with soup!

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  3. wow only 30 minutes...I'm impressed!

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  4. Were these not delicious?! Very nice to hear you enjoyed them and I love how you pulled chili out of the freezer to have with the muffins. I am notorious for making extra meals or putting leftovers in the freezer for later and forgetting about everything until it is almost to late.

    Your photos are beautiful!

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  5. Your muffins look great! I love spicy food so i upped the peppers.

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  6. I loved these too. Perfect recipe to have under the belt heading into soup season. I'm sure I'll be making these again.

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  7. That's so funny. I cut the recipe in half too and ended regretting it, because they're so tasty. With soup season around the corner, I think these are perfect. They should freeze really well too, if you decide to make a big batch.

    Thank you so much for baking with me this week!

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  8. Hey Susan, good to hear your a savoury muffin convert ;) Here is one of my favourite savoury muffin recipes, with bacon, onion, cheese and tomato - http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/16411/recipe-savoury-muffins

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  9. Glad to hear they were a pleasant surprise for you! They look wonderful :) I'm not a big fan of savory muffins either but I enjoyed these too. I bet they were great with chili.

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  10. You guys are killing me with these muffins! Caramelized onions and sage? That just sounds so good.

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  11. The muffins look fantastic; I'm glad you participated and enjoyed them. I added extra sage to mine and a very generous half-cup of cheese to the half recipe I made, and they really had a lot of flavor.

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  12. They look great. Congrats on your first tri!!!

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  13. I'm glad you liked them! I like savory muffins/breads more than sweet, so I was excited to try these!

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  14. These look divine!! I am going to HAVE to make them soon! Love the flavor combo!

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