I successfully married pork and boxed stuffing into a cute little … muffin!
I know, right?
Pork – meaty, savory, porky, protein rich. Muffin – bready, moist, and good with strong coffee. Separate, they are wonderful. Together? Umm, initially, it took me a bit to wrap my sweet head around it. I mean, come on’ – What do you call it?
A Pork Muffin?
Regardless of what one might call it, – it’s strange. But hey, how can you go wrong? Pork, and stuffing. Who doesn’t like that combination, and besides, we ALLL know what strange means to me.
It means I gotta try it.
So… without further adieu, I give you………. a porffin?
Here’s what you need to make this wildly creative, culinary masterpiece:
That’s right. A muffin tin, two eggs (three, actually. I’ll explain later), ground pork, and a box of good ole’ prepared stuffin’. It’s always nice to try and match the flavors for this extravaganza. I mean, if you get ground pork.. try and used boxed stuffing for pork. If you get ground turkey, (which is perfectly acceptable protein choice in this situation for all you turkey lurvers out there), use the the stuffing for turkey.
I know, I know….. Thank you for pointing out the fact that I combined ground pork and turkey Stove Top Stuffing. But ground pork was what my freezer had, and turkey boxed stuffing was what the store had. No big deal. I’m comfortable flying that kind of flag out there for everyone to see.
You know, the REBEL flag, and if you’re comfortable with it, you should too!
Ok, so, because I can’t just be normal and go along with direction, I like to “doctor” things up. That would the boxed stuffing that I’m talking about. If you have extra “aromatics” in your fridge folks, doctor it up! I started sauteing celery (and lots of it because celery and I have had an intense love / love relationship for many years), and onion with a touch of garlic. That particular day, I decided to live on the edge and add some hot chili flakes to the party. I added about a tablespoon and half.
Turns out I’m not as edgy as I thought.
Dial down the chili flakes folks. Don’t go crazy here. Learn by my mistakes. Especially if you’re not too adventurous on the whole spicy thing. Start with half a teaspoon.. or maybe even a pinch.. you can always add more. So at this point, when the aromatics are soft, make the stuffing according to the box instructions. Once that’s finished, and slightly cooled, add your pound of ground pork (or chicken, or turkey) and THREE eggs. I realize I had previously said two, and I actually did only use two, but I found the finished product SLIGHTLY crumbly, so an extra egg would hug up all those ingredients and make them stick together much better.
Mix it up well, but not TOO well. You don’t want to over mix it and the combination to go all…. gloopy, so mix it until it’s just nicely incorporated. Then, spoon it into your greased muffin pans. If you are of the regular human race, I can say that normal muffin pans are the perfect size. However, apparently I was making them for GIANTS, because I was using the large muffin pans and got only six from the whole lot. Again… learn from my mistakes. Spoon them into the tins at the fullness that you want as they don’t puff up, obviously, like a cake muffin would.
Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. (All depending on what size of muffin tin you used. I used a longer cook time because of the muffins for Giants that I was making.) Use your logic okay? We are dealing with ground pork (or any ground meat), so it’s imperative that it’s thoroughly cooked. If in doubt, use a thermometer and cook them till you have an internal temperature of 160 degrees for pork and 165 for turkey or chicken.
FYI – At the very end of cooking time, turn on your blast broiler for a minute or two. It creates this mildly crunchy top that is FANFREECKENSTASTIC!
These puppies are awesome with a side salad for a lunch, or even for a quick breakfast heated up in the microwave. Ok, listen, you can have them for ANY meal really, because they’re just that good. Lastly, these freeze like champions!! Give them a try and tell me what you think! What changes did you make to “doctor” them up?
PORK AND STUFFING MUFFIN - THE PUFFIN!
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 box prepared dry stuffing mix
- 1/2 C celery chopped
- 1/4 C onion chopped
- 1/2 tsp garlic minced
- 3 eggs
- as desired chili flakes
Preheat the oven to 350
In a fry pan, sautee the celery, garlic, onion and chili flakes until soft and translucent
Add the boxed stuffing and prepare according the directions on the box.
When slightly cooled, add the ground pork and eggs. Combine thoroughly.
Spoon mixture into a greased muffin tin and bake for 30 - 35 minutes
HINT: In the last minute or so, turn the oven to broil to crisp up the tops and make them a bit crunchy!