The Muffin Pan: It's not just for muffins anymore.
It took making this week's Pepperoni Pizza Puffs for me to realize that I'd been completely underutilizing this splendor of a kitchen tool. In both mini and regular-size versions, these pans are nonstick, portioned perfectly and make for some really adorable plating.
Here are 5 Non-Muffin Things to Make in Your Muffin Pan (and cupcakes don't count, either!):
5. Single-Serving Pastas
Baking a rich, gooey lasagna or decadent macaroni and cheese in single-serving portions can stop you from overindulging. Plus, no one has to fight over the crisp, bubbling top -- everybody gets it. Serve these with a simple side salad and you'll have all the pleasure with only a cupcake-size guilt.
4. Classic Dishes Miniaturized
Truly, anything goes. Ex: Somehow, despite the name, even these beef cups sound good.
3. Miniature Desserts
Miniature desserts are all the rage these days. Make smaller portions of your favorite tarts or try tiny versions of classics like apple pie or rich, creamy bread pudding. They're small, so go ahead and add that scoop of ice cream. No one's looking.
2. Individual Sides
Rachael Ray may have started the trend with her Stuffin Muffins, but others have taken that idea and run a marathon with it.
But even better? Serve a side salad in its very own bacon cup.
Speaking of bacon cups...
1. Baked Eggs
There's nothing like a perfectly cooked, runny yolk...and baking eggs is a great way to achieve that perfection. Start with these bacon, egg and toast cups, then let your imagination run wild. I'd switch the bread for a croissant roll, substitute prosciutto for the bacon and add some nutty gruyère and chopped zucchini.
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Anything goes, so don't be afraid to get creative. Enjoy!