Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sunday Eats on Saturday

Hi - It's Abby the Labrador here.  Since  my Mom will be busy on Easter as we will have someone from church with no family in the area join us,  here's this weeks "Sunday Eats" recipe.  I am saddened to tell you I did not get one as it has garlic in it and Mom said garlic can make doggies very, very sick and it's dangerous for me to eat.  So I got a little piece of th bacon and a slice of apple with the seeds all removed with a smear of peanut butter on it. Yum!

So I can't say how these tasted but all of the muffins on the plates were gone before anyone even touched the yummy braised pork with apples.

Bacon Basil Pesto Muffins. They're NOT low fat but they're made with healthy extra virgin olive oil and have NO sugar.  They're savory instead of sweet, Mom says, and pair well with meats or Italian dishes. Mom has also made these with King Arthur Gluten Free flour plus 1/2 teaspoon plus a pinch of Xanthan Gum for her friend with Celiac and they were a hit.

Preheat Oven to 350 F.

Cook 6 large strips of bacon , chop and set aside (or use "veggie" bacon, thawed and chopped for our friends who are vegetarian).

Spray a 12 muffin pan with non-stick spray

In one large bowl mix:

2 and  1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
click to enlarge picture - I double-dog dare ya

In small bowl whisk:

2 large eggs,
3/4 cup milk (not skim)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

In a third, medium sized bowl, combine:
1/2 cup MINUS 1 teaspoon jarred Basil Pesto with garlic
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and chopped
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan (not the green can kind, grate it fresh from a block - it's SOOO much better)
2 generous teaspoons minced garlic
tiny pinch of red pepper
the bacon

Make a "well" in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients.  Stir until moistened but not so much that it gets smooth (that makes a tough muffin).

Fold in contents of the pesto bowl ingredients

Scoop into muffin tins with an ice cream scoop or a 1/3 cup measure.  Can be  drizzled with a couple of teaspoons of EVOO and topped with pine nuts and course sea salt (optional) if you want to go all fancy for company. If so, make sure you hold your pinky just so when drinking your tea as you mutter.  "So Jeeves, bring the car around, we need to take Madam Abby for a  Ride".
Bake for 20-24 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and a toothpick inserted inside one comes out clean.
Even better you can slice them the next day, add ham and muenster cheese and heat for yummy little snacky sandwiches.
One for Mom
One for Dad.
Try and look sad and hungry.  "I am so abused, please give me a piece of ham"


  1. oh my those muffins LOOK amazing! I can't make them because I would eat ALL of them! Happy Early Easter!! DakotasDen

  2. That looks super yummy! Hope you have a wonderful Easter!

  3. Mom is drooling all over the keyboard. Everything looks so good - we would love to score even just some of the bacon.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  4. YUMMERS!!!! Butts, sadly, garlic is dangerous for Ma too...not in the same way, butts none for her. she can, howevers, eats ham ~ and that looks FABulous!
    Ruby ♥
    pees: Abby, you lucky ducky! You gots a car ride??!

  5. Ooh, Momma saved that recipe and wants to make it asap! Yummy.


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