These freezable cheesy muffins are a real Christmas miracle
Treat yourself this Christmas to quick-time canapés that will have you feeling like the big cheese. We’re talking oozy, melt-in-your-mouth, cheesy mini muffins, perfect for a light bite (or three).
Mastering the Christmas hors d’oeuvres has long since been a delicate art. These delightful morsels of savoury goodness are a staple of cocktail dos around the world, and nothing says you have your festive spirit together than a well-prepped spread. Freeze them after baking for an extra layer of time-saving.
For our one-bite wonders, we’ve added heaps of melty mature cheddar to get that unbelievably gooey centre. With a creamy, rich buttery filling, spiked with cracked black pepper, these easy-to-bake treats bring the festive magic with only a few cupboard staples. Plus you can get your little Christmas elves involved to help mix the batter.
Impressing your guests has never been cheesier.
Want to save even more time? Little Dish kids’ meals are packed with veg, taste just like homemade and are ready in 2 minutes. Available on Gousto Market now.
Cheesy Mini Muffins
Makes 24 mini muffins
Total time 40 – 60 minutes
- 200g self raising flour
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 100g mature cheddar cheese, grated
- 60ml natural yoghurt
- 60ml milk
- 90g butter, melted
- 1 large egg
Step 1 Preheat your oven to 180C/160C fan, then grease and flour or line a mini muffin tin with paper liners.
Step 2 In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, black pepper, and grated cheddar cheese.
Step 3 In a separate bowl, whisk together the yoghurt, milk, melted butter, and egg until well combined.
Step 4 Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and gently fold them together using a spatula.
Top tip: Be careful not to overmix; it’s okay if there are a few lumps. This will keep your muffins light and fluffy
Step 5 Using a spoon or a small ice cream scoop, fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with the batter.
Step 6 Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.
Step 7 Take the muffins out of the oven and let them cool in the tin for 5 minutes. Then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Did you know? These muffins can be eaten straight away, or stored for up to 3 days in an airtight container. If you’re freezing, place them in a single layer on a tray in the freezer overnight to stop them sticking together then transfer to a freezer safe container. To defrost, leave at room temperature for a couple of hours until thawed through.
Turn these cheesy muffins into a Christmas showstopper with one of these tasty toppings.
Roasted grape and Goats’ cheese
Add a handful of red grapes to a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in the oven alongside your mini muffins (these will also freeze). Spread each muffin with a dollop of Goat’s cheese and top with a single roasted red grape.
Blue cheese, walnut and chutney
Choose a soft creamy blue cheese, spread a layer over the top of your muffin, followed by a small dab of a sweet fig chutney then finish with a walnut half.
Brie, date and thyme
Add a slice of brie to the top of your muffin then garnish with a slice of medjool date and a small sprig of thyme.
What is Gousto?
Dinner, but not as you know it. Our big red recipe boxes will help you whip up wholesome, impressive meals no matter your skill level, with all of the flavour and none of the fuss.
From everyday favourites and 10-minute meals, to global cuisines and healthy choices, you’ll have over 75 recipes to choose from each week from our menu. We’ll send you step-by-step recipes and all the fresh ingredients you need too. Just pick what you fancy for dinner, and leave the planning to us.