Fabulous Freelancer Foodie Recipe: Apple and Sweet Potato Casserole Muffins

Whether for breakfast or an evening dessert, this recipe for apple and sweet potato casserole muffins is a must-try!

Note: this recipe is adapted from one by Gretchen McKay of Tribune News Service, as it appeared in the January 22, 2020 edition of The Salem News.

Ingredients:

  • Butter or nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 slices of thickly cut turkey bacon
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
  • ½ of a red onion, diced
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes that have been peeled and cut into ¼-inch chunks
  • ½ teaspoon of dried thyme, plus a little more for sprinkling.
  • Freshly ground black pepper, and salt
  • 6 lightly beaten eggs
  • ¾ cup of half-and-half or milk
  • 1 cup of low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Be sure that an oven has been preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat a six-cup muffin pan with butter, or spray with the nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Fry the turkey bacon slices in a large skillet over medium heat until they reach a crispy consistency.
  4. Drain the turkey bacon on paper towels, then crumble the slices into large pieces.
  5. Clean the skillet pan and then add the apples and the onions to it, cooking them over medium heat, occasionally tossing, until the apples become softened (about 5 minutes).
  6. Add the potatoes to the skillet pan, stirring them periodically and cooking them until they become tender; this should take 10-15 minutes.
  7. Stir in the turkey bacon crumbles, and season the mixture with the salt, pepper, and thyme.
  8. Divide the seasoned mixture amongst the six muffin cups.
  9. Stir the milk and eggs together in a medium bowl.
  10. Pour this additional mixture on top of the mixture already in the muffin cups, then top each with cheese and a sprinkling of thyme.
  11. Bake the casserole muffins for 25 minutes. Test by inserting a toothpick or butter knife into the center of each – it should come out cleanly.
  12. Allow the casserole muffins to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from the cups and serving warm.

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