Hi there! Happy Thursday to you. I am so incredibly exhausted today. I cannot wait to go to sleep tonight. I also have a very bad headache which I’m hoping will go away. I didn’t sleep very well last night so I’m hoping I will get more sleep tonight or I will catch up this weekend. The weather is supposed to be incredibly bad today. I’m kind of nervous about that. I keep hearing torrential rain, hail, and even the possibility of a tornado. That really scares me!
Anyway, I’m kind of shocked that no one has entered my giveaway so before I talk about anything today, I’m going to remind you to enter my giveaway to win three coupons for free Stubb’s products! You will find the rules on how to enter at the bottom of my post from yesterday. So definitely enter and spread the word! The giveaway is going on until next Tuesday. I’m hoping people enter. They really have wonderful products that I think a lot of you would enjoy.
Moving on to something else, I’ve been trying to cook more recipes that I have been pinning on my Pinterest boards. I pin so many amazing sounding recipes and then I never try them. So I have printed out several recipes that I am dying to try to this is the first one that I tried making last night.
Mini-Chicken Parmesan Cupcakes from here
Makes around 16 give or take
1 cup panko
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground chicken
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper (**did not use this because I didn’t have it)
1/2 cup diced white onion (** did not use this because I didn’t have it. I used 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder instead)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
6 fresh basil leaves, torn (**did not use this because I didn’t have it)
1 pinch salt and pepper
16 small mozzarella cubes, cut from a block
2 cups tomato sauce
Preheat oven to 400 F.
In a small bowl, combine the panko, half of the Parmesan cheese, and the olive oil. Using your fingers, combine the mixture until it’s evenly coated. Set aside.
In a large bowl, lightly beat the egg. Then add the chicken,
red bell pepper, onion powder, garlic, oregano, the remaining Parmesan, basil, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well with your hands.
Lightly coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Place a couple of tablespoons of the chicken mixture in each well.
Nestle a cube of mozzarella in the center of the mixture. Pat the chicken over the cheese to completely cover it.
Sprinkle the panko/Parmesan mixture on top of each chicken mound, lightly pressing it into the meat.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the panko is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. If needed, you may broil the panko to further brown it.
Let rest 5 minutes. Then using a knife, lightly loosen each cupcake from the muffin tin.
In the meantime, warm the sauce in a small saucepan.
Serve meatloaf cupcakes with warmed sauce.
I didn’t warm the tomato sauce because I mixed some of the sauce in with the pasta that I was making and then I just poured a dollop as you can see by the mess on the cupcakes. They turned out incredible! I loved the surprise of mozzarella cheese in the center after you take a bite. It really does taste like a mini chicken parm! It’s a lot healthier too because it’s baked and not fried. I was surprised how much flavor the ground chicken had especially since I didn’t have some of the ingredients. The onion powder, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper really did work well. I don’t even think it needed the onion, pepper or basil. I mean I would probably like to try it with it the next time.
I ended up making 12 big cupcakes instead of the 16. I didn’t feel like making another muffin tin dirty for only 4 more cupcakes. So I just made a few of them extra big for Mike. He didn’t mind. I really thought this was a unique idea to make it in a muffin tin. I’ve never made something like this before and I’m glad that Pinterest inspired me to try it. I like trying new things and I’m excited to try some of the amazing things that I have been pinning.
I tell ya, Pinterest really is addicting! I only wish they would stop changing around the format of the app on the iPhone. It’s really irritating how they keep changing what you have to do to pin something. I wish they would just keep it the same. You get used to one way and then they change it. It’s enough with the changing.
Have you ever tried making something savory in a muffin tin? Would you?
Alright, well don’t forget to enter my giveaway and I’ll see you tomorrow! Have a great day and stay dry and safe!