Ham & Cheddar Apple Muffins

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Chances are, if you are baking up a ham for dinner today, you will find yourself with quite a bit of leftover meat.  How about using some in these sweet and savory muffins?  Ham and cheese are a natural pairing but when you add some apples you have the perfect trifecta.  There are many types of ham out there but this recipe works best with a spiral cut honey ham since its sweetness is the perfect contrast for the sharpness of the Cheddar cheese.  If you find yourself with a boiled ham, increase its sweetness by tossing the ham in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar before adding it to the batter.

HAM & CHEDDAR APPLE MUFFINS

3 cups flour

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup plain yogurt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

3/4 cup diced cooked ham

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 medium apple, shredded (I prefer Macintosh)

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cooled

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt and eggs.
  • Fold the yogurt mixture into the flour until just combined.
  • Add in the ham, cheese and apples and fold until just combined.
  • Gently stir in the melted butter.
  • Evenly divide the batter amongst the muffin cups.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes then allow to sit for 5 minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and cool an additional 10  minutes before serving.  These muffins are best served warm.

Yields:  12 muffins

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