Spicy Southwestern Muffins

I had many compliments on the food from the shower.  I had to laugh and tell everyone that the “goodness” of the food was based souly on faith and prayers.  I hadn’t tried either recipe prior to the party, but felt comfortable enough with the ingredient combinations that I felt safe with my choices.

I thought I’d share the recipes with you because they were SO simple and REALLY delicious.   

(I apologize for not having a better picture, but by the time I grabbed a plate I wasn’t really thinking about taking a picture.  I wanted to EAT!!!)

Today’s recipe is even one that can be made in mass quantities and frozen and pulled out individually for a quick on the go meal.

Spicy Southwestern Muffins

1/4 lb. pork sausage (spicy if you’re so inclined)

1 8 oz. can Pillsbury crescent rounds or 1 can regular crescent rolls cut into 8 sections like the rounds.

1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1 egg

1 tbsp. milk

1/2 tsp taco seasoning

1/2 cup shredded Pepper Jack cheese

Salsa

Sour Cream

Heat oven to 350°.  Spray 8 regular sized muffin cups with cooking spray.

Cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Press one crescent round or cut section into the bottom of each muffin cup and spread up the sides.

In a small bowl, mix sausage and 1 tbsp cilantro.  In another small bowl, beat egg, milk and taco seasoning with fork until blended.  Spoon about 1 tbsp of the sausage mixture into each one of the muffin cups.  Divide the egg mixture evenly among cups.  This equals about 1 tbsp as well.  Sprinkle with a small amount of cheese.

Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until the egg filling is set and the edges are golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes.  Run knife around the edge of the cups to loosen, remove from pan.  Top with a dab of salsa, sour cream and cilantro if desired.  Serve warm.

These were a HUGE hit!!!  They were the perfect brunch dish as they weren’t too much and were easy to grab.

The numbers:

Calories (per muffin) 185, Total Fat 12 g, Sodium 356 mg, Total Carbs 12g (dietary fiber 0g), Protein 7g.

While the individual serving calorie count doesn’t seem bad the reality is that only one of these is NOT going to be enough to fill anyone up.  So you can make a few changes to make them quite a bit healthier and less of a calorie punch.

I would recommend omitting the sausage all together or exchanging it with turkey sausage.  Crumbled bacon could even be a lower calorie option, as well.  If it were me, I’d saute red peppers and onions in non-stick cooking spray until the onions are nicely carmelized and spoon a tbsp of those in instead of the sausage.  I would also use the reduced fat/calorie crescent rolls rather that the fully loaded version.  Just these simple changes could drastically change the health factor of this meal AND give it a great twist!!  If you’d like to offer your guests a variety this would be a VERY simple way to do it.

 

 

Peace, love and muffin heaven!!

 

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2 thoughts on “Spicy Southwestern Muffins

  1. AND they freeze well and reheat well!!!!! Soooo good! Now we can serve another huge breakfast after Charlie gets here!

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