My mother always used to tell me, "don't play with your food". Sadly that was the only piece of food advice I chose to ignore. Cooking should be fun and playful hence this delicious muffin recipe. Curiously they are suitable for vegetarians!
Makes: 12 savoury muffins
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
splash of milk
1 pinch of salt
1 packet of vegetarian sausage mix
1 teaspoon mustard powder, optional
125g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
150g softened butter or margarine
3 eggs, well beaten
100g grated Cheddar cheese
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Sausages: Either boil the potatoes or put in microwave until soft. Mash well with a little milk and a hearty pinch of salt to taste. Put to one side.
I find the sausage mix a little coarse for this recipe so I blitz it in a blender first. Mix as per packet instructions, there will be some mashed potato left, put this aside. I usually add the mustard powder to boost the taste.
Roll the mixture into 12 tiny sausages. Fry gently in a little oil until nicely coloured.
Potato Muffins: Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and pepper together then rub into the butter.
Add the eggs, 3 tablespoonfuls of the mashed potato and 6 of the sausages sliced.
Divide into 12 muffin cases and bake in the preheated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Put aside to cool.
To Decorate: When the muffins are cool use a piping bag with a largish star nozzle to pipe the reserved mashed potato over the top. Cut each remaining sausage in half and push into the topping.
Vegetarian Sausage Mix
Vegetarian sausage mix can be found in some supermarkets or at vegetarian specialty stores.