Over the years, I’ve really gotten good at making what I call “man food.” This isn’t just food that appeals to men (fried chicken, meaty/cheesy casseroles, meatloaf, etc.), but food that comes in the right portions and quantity that men prefer. I got all of this experience through feeding Rob, of course, and then add in all of his friends that we have had coming over for years to have dinner at our place. I won’t name names here, but there are a few friends that I need to specifically plan for 2 people eating, instead of just one man-sized appetite. I learned that leftovers were something to be praised and that they will not be forgotten at the back of the fridge. This is also about the time that I learned that there is no such thing as too much garlic bread.
Rob isn’t big on sweets, but I definitely love to bake – so I have also gotten good at putting together savory baked treats as well. Stage right, Man Muffins. Muffins are usually fruity and even feminine, but not these beauties.
Below are the simple steps, and photos, to making these crowd pleasers. I usually serve them along side chili or soup – but you can’t really go wrong with these.Man Muffins AKA: Jalepeno & Cheddar Corn Muffins
Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes Yield: 20 muffins
2 pkgs of Jiffy Corn Muffin mix <– Save yourself the trouble of measuring when you’re feeding large groups/appetites.
1 c. milk
1 can diced jalepenos
About 1/4 c. sharp cheddar cheese <– To be mixed into the batter.
More cheese for sprinkling
Throw all of the ingredients in together (except the cheddar that you are saving to sprinkle).
Fill the cups about halfway and sprinkle a healthy pinch on top. I use a small cookie scoop to get the batter in the muffin cups, it’s not as messy as using a spoon. I do this so that I am sure that each one is equal, which makes sure that they all bake and finish together and so that you don’t have a muffin top spilling out. <– This must be where the term “muffin top” came from, yes?
Place them on the center rack at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the cheese top is brown and gorgeous. These Man Muffins are baking in a very manly set of camo paper cups. Pretty cute, huh?
Tada! Man Muffin success! Enjoy and if you make them, let me know how you change it up or how they turn out. :)