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The Savory Muffin: Butternut Squash and Feta


Butternut Squash Feta Muffins

Now, when I first came across savory muffins, I was skeptical. Muffins are supposed to be sweet, tender little treats that are acceptable to eat for breakfast, but should probably qualify as dessert.

But when I had to make and photograph these butternut squash-based muffins for work, I sucked up my preconceptions and baked up a batch. And boy were they fantastic.

This recipe is a combination of a Cheesy Butternut Squash Muffin from Food52, and a Pumpkin Feta Muffin from 101 Cookbooks. I liked elements of both, so I combined the two for my batch!

Butternut Squash and Feta Savory Muffins

Butternut Squash Feta Muffins

Makes 12

What You’ll Need:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups baby spinach, chopped
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2 teaspoons Grey Poupon mustard
2 eggs
3/4 cup non-fat milk
2 cups flour (I used gluten-free flour from Bobs Red Mill)
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper

*Note: I often find when baking with gluten-free flour that I need to add a little extra liquid to get the batter or dough to the right consistency. So, when throwing these together, if the batter looks a little too sticky, don’t be afraid to add a little extra milk — I did (probably about 2 tablespoons). 

What to Do:

Heat the oven to 425F.

On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the diced squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange in a single layer.

Stick in the oven, and roast until tender, about 20-30 minutes. (Be sure to stir ’em up every 5-10 minutes). They should be slightly browned, but not burnt! Remove from oven and set aside to cool.

Turn down the oven to 400F, and grease a muffin tin with a bit of EVOO.

In a large bowl, combine 2/3 of the squash, the spinach, parmesan, and 1/2 cup of the feta.

In a small bowl, beat eggs. Add milk and mustard, and stir until combined.

Add the wet ingredients to the larger bowl, and stir.

Add in the flour, baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Gently stir until evenly combined (but not over mixed!)

Spoon the batter into the muffin pan. Top each muffin with the leftover squash and feta, and sprinkle with a generous grind of black pepper.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the muffins are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of  one muffin comes out clean.

Remove, and let cool. Enjoy alongside soup, crumbled over a salad, or as a savory breakfast or snack!

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