Parma Ham, Leek & Cheesy Muffins

After the chocolate fest of Easter, perhaps it’s time for something savoury! This is a favourite of mine, a great tea-time snack and something which you can pack in your lunch box the next day.

savoury muffiinsThe original recipe (courtesy of my Dairy Diary) says use a handful of chopped spinach leaves, but I have found finely chopped leeks a great substitute and I am guessing that as long as you keep the basic proportions the same, you could use any suitable vegetable!

To make the savoury muffins, you will need

  • 6 slices chopped parma ham
  • Handful of finely chopped leeks
  • 250g(9oz) plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsb crushed black peppercorns
  • 50g(2oz) grated Parmesan cheese
  • Handful of finely chopped leeks, or chopped spinach (remember to wash well first)
  • Handful chopped basil leaves, or other herb
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 275ml (10fl oz) milk
  • 75g (3oz) melted butter (I melt on a very low setting in the microwave)
  • Pinch of salt.

Making the muffins is straightforward, although I “cheat” and use a muffin case rather than oiling the muffin tin…it makes it much easier to get them out and comes in useful if you are using them for a packed lunch the next day.

  1. Ensure all ingredients ready, as set out above. (Don’t forget to chop the veggies and melt the butter!)
  2. Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas Mark 5, line the muffin tin with 12 muffin cases.
  3. In a pan, dry-fry the parma ham for 1-2 minutes until it is crisp.
  4. Fry the leeks in a little oil if using until they are soft. (You can use the spinach uncooked).
  5. Sift flor, baking powder,
  6. Stir flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, and a pinch of salt (according to taste) in a large mixing bowl.
  7. Add the parma ham, crushed peppercorns, Parmesan, spinach/leeks and herbs.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter, milk and egg. Fold into the dry ingredients.
  9. Divide the muffin mix between the cases and bake for 20-25 minutes until well risen and golden.
  10. Cool on a wire rack and serve with cheese, Parma ham and a green salad if desired.

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About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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8 Responses to Parma Ham, Leek & Cheesy Muffins

  1. I have to say these sound rather yummy. Much more interesting than a sandwich in a pack lunch.

  2. oana79 says:

    I am all for savoury muffins and yours sound delish!

  3. these would make a great snack!! #TastyTuesdays x

  4. These look lovely, I remember discovering savoury muffins when I was living in France. I’m pinning this now so that I remember to come back and make them later on.
    #Recipeoftheweek #TastyTuesdays

  5. Honest Mum says:

    Craving exactly these right now, delicious, filling and just what my tired body needs after a house move! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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