The other night I was planning dinner and decided on a quick soup. But, in my mind, soup isn't quite complete without bread, so I added, "hearty bread" to the grocery list as well. Mid-shopping-excursion, I decided, "I can make something instead of buying something. Maybe a savory muffin of some sort." And, with that spontaneous decision, I crossed "hearty bread" off my tattered list and begin cooking up an ideal muffin in my head....multiple kinds of flour, some cornmeal, nice and moist texture, a crispy top. When I got home, I knew that a recipe of some sort was needed to back up the vision I'd concocted. So, I did a quick search of allrecipes.com and found a simple, no-frills recipe for a Peppery-Cheddar Muffin that suited us and our soup dinner just fine. I made a few substitutions to attempt to align the muffins with my mental creations, but generally stuck with the original recipe.
Most importantly, a quest for delightful savory muffins was born that day. I've long been a lover of the sweeter types of muffins: pumpkin muffins, berry muffins, lemon-poppy seed muffins, even bran muffins. But, I never thought to dabble in muffins any more savory than a corn muffin. Now, my newfound mission has been leading me to all sorts of interesting creations, most excitingly a recipe that my sister immediately dubbed "odd": Spinach, Feta, & Roasted Pepper Muffins. Turns out that you can't judge a recipe by its ingredient list. These muffins are fabulous, unique without being over-the-top weird, and a perfect companion to a bowl of potato soup. Trust me. We've been eating (and loving) this combo for the past two days.
Just set aside your preconceived notions of what a muffin is, and say hello to this little fella. You'll be glad you did.