4 Fun Things To Do With Muffin Tins

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Muffin tins are good for a whole lot more than your average bran muffin (or red velvet cupcake) — the shape and size mean they're perfect for a many other fun, creative ways to serve up food.

Breakfast in a muffin cup

Two breakfast-in-a-muffin-cups sit on a plate. These ones have bacon, eggs, and grape tomato slices.

Take one slice of turkey bacon, cut it in half, and line one cup of a muffin tin with the two half-strips in an 'X' pattern (repeat for remainder of the muffin cups). Crack an egg in each cup, add chunks of tomatoes, fresh minced herbs and salt and pepper, and bake for 15 minutes at 350 F. Garnish with green onion and paprika for an easy, delicious breakfast on the go!

Party Frittata

Thirteen mini party frittatas are displayed on a plate. They are bright yellow and mixed with chopped herbs.

Pre-made party trays are often expensive to buy — so why not make them yourself? With a mini muffin tray (lined with silicone or paper muffin cups coated with cooking spray), some herbs and veggies, a little Greek yogurt and scrambled egg, you've got party frittata! Use 6 eggs, half a cup of yogurt, a quarter cup of fresh chopped herbs of your choice and a pinch of salt and pepper. Pour into tins right to the top. Bake at 375 F for 15 to 20 minutes.

Tortilla Bowls

Mini tortilla bowls hold salsa and chopped up lettuce.

Using a large cookie cutter, cut out a circle from a corn or whole wheat tortilla, and add it to the bottom of a regular-sized muffin tin. Bake at 375 F for about five minutes until hardened. Assemble tortilla ingredients — salsa, guacamole, shredded iceberg lettuce, refried beans and cheese — to create your tortillas bowls. Makes a fun dinner with kids, or even works at a birthday party!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse Cups

Little pink and purple mini-cupcake cups hold dollops of chocolate peanut butter mousse.

Mix together three-quarters of a cup of crunchy peanut butter, three-quarters of a cup Greek yogurt, two tablespoons of cocoa powder, three tablespoons of maple syrup and a pinch of salt. Transfer to a piping bag with a small star tip and pipe into a mini muffin cup–lined tray. Freeze. Chill in fridge for at least two hours or store in freezer. Garnish with icing sugar and fresh berries for a gourmet, healthy and delicious chocolate treat.

 

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