Dom leaves the house by 6:30 most weekday mornings. Now I love him dearly; but I’m not a morning person. Not only do I not get up to make him breakfast, I usually only grunt and roll over when he comes in to kiss me goodbye. (Yes, he always comes in to kiss me goodbye before he goes. Such a good husband, he doesn’t even mind my surliness. Or at least he does such a good job of pretending that I haven’t yet caught on.)
Anyway, this means that most days Dom is grabbing a couple of nutrigrain bars on the run or a bagel and cream cheese for breakfast when he gets to work. He’s not stopping at Dunkin Donuts anymore cause that’s just too pricey. I’ve recently got pretty good about packing his lunch for him, usually leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. But not so good about the whole breakfast thing.
Then recently while perusing a copy of Cook’s Country magazine (a great publication by the same people who brought us Cook’s Illustrated Magazine and America’s Test Kitchen) he saw a recipe for sausage and cheese muffins that was a runner-up in their recent muffin contest. “That sounds good,” he pointedly said. And since he doesn’t ask for much very often, I made a note of the recipe and determined to try it out soon.
On Thursday I planned to have leftovers for dinner and so had some free time in the late afternoon for some creative baking and I threw together the muffins. I wish I could share the recipe; but you’ll have to get a subscription.
I have to confess the idea didn’t appeal to me when I first saw it. I was imagining chunks of sausage and cheese. But the final product was quite tasty. You pulverize the meat and the cheese along with some red bell pepper and onion in the food processor so it’s not chunky at all. I can’t think of exactly what they remind me of it’s somehow familiar but I can’t put my finger on it… Dom says it’s maybe a little like stuffing, though that’s not quite it either.
I’m so glad to finally be able to offer my husband a healthy, homemade alternative for breakfast, something that will fill him up and keep him going until lunch. The only problem may be keeping a stash of them on hand. They’re so tasty it’s tempting to have one for a snack. And Isabella likes them too!