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Pulled Pork Biscuit Muffins
Casey BarberWith just three ingredients, these pop-and-serve biscuits are a simple way to use up extra pulled pork—but if your fridge is sadly lacking in leftover pork shoulder, the soft, steamy biscuits are just as lip-smacking with leftover rotisserie chicken or shredded chicken thighs.
Get the recipe: Pulled Pork Biscuit Muffins
“Chip and Dip” Muffins
Casey BarberIf you’re the kind of person who lingers near the buffet table at a cocktail party, scooping up as much spinach and artichoke dip onto cracker rounds as you can humanly consume, this appetizer is for you. It cleverly combines chip and dip into one package, meaning you’re free to roam the party and still get all the creamy dip you crave.
Get the recipe: "Chip and Dip" Muffins
Pesto Risotto Muffins
Casey BarberRisotto goes from time-consuming to totally cute with these bite-size versions of the creamy, cheesy Italian classic. Top them with garlicky pesto, as shown here, smother ‘em with your favorite marinara sauce, or add a few handfuls of frozen peas when simmering for a pop of color.
Get the recipe: Pesto Risotto Muffins
Mediterranean Egg Muffins with Sausage
Casey BarberWho needs Egg McMuffins when you have a cupcake tin at your disposal? Bake up a batch of these cheese-and-sausage-stuffed rounds and stash them in your freezer for breakfast on the run or a healthy, hearty snack after a night out.
Get the recipe: Mediterranean Egg Muffins with Sausage
Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Mini Pies
The Illustrated Quick CookWith a sheet of puff pastry and a mini muffin tin, you’re ready to get all the buttery, flaky, gravy-filled goodness of a pot pie in one tiny package. Sub in your favorite vegetables to make this comfort food favorite all your own.
Get the recipe: Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Mini Pies
Crustless Mini Quiches
Courtesy of The Supper Club: Kid-Friendly Meals the Whole Family Will LoveThe old-school party classic gets a fresh and fast upgrade with these vegetable-packed apps that double as lunchbox-friendly snacks or brunch buffet bites. Bonus: they’re easily customizable, making it a snap to satisfy vegetarians, carnivores, broccoli-haters, or anyone else who’s coming to dinner.
Get the recipe: Crustless Mini Quiches
Mac and Cheese Muffins
Courtesy of The Supper Club: Kid-Friendly Meals the Whole Family Will Love
Ever told yourself “I’m just going to eat one more bite of this mac and cheese!” only to find yourself staring down an empty casserole dish? We’re not going to promise you won’t end up eating a half-dozen of these crunchy-crusted muffins—but it’s a lot easier to get away with sneaking just one more!
Get the recipe: Mac and Cheese Muffins
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“It just adds a cool twist to the same old slice” to cook your pizza in muffin tins, says Catherine McCord of Weelicious. Use homemade whole wheat dough, as she does in this recipe, or grab a batch from your neighborhood pizza shop if you’re pressed for time.
Get the recipe: Pizza Muffins
Corn Dog Muffins
It must be a stroke of genius that inspired Kristin of Iowa Girl Eats to bake hot dogs and corn muffins together for salty-sweet bites of state fair-worthy fun. They’re one of her Super Bowl Sunday favorites, but we think they’re just as perfect for summer cookouts, especially with a cold beer in hand.
Get the recipe: Corn Dog Muffins
Joy the Baker calls these “Too Much Cheddar and Jalapeno Muffins,” but honestly, we don’t think it’s possible to have to much of such a good thing! Ridiculous amounts of cheddar mixed with jalapeno make each muffin a spice bomb that soothes your taste buds with creaminess simultaneously.
Get the recipe: Cheddar-Jalapeno Muffins
Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
With so much flavor in these meatball-sized muffins, even picky eaters will be hard-pressed to realize they’re chowing down on healthy turkey instead of beef. As Aggie’s Kitchen says, “My kids would normally groan if I said we were having meatloaf for dinner. However, meatloaf muffins got a different type of response!”
Get the recipe: Cheddar-BBQ Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
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