Zesty Ham and Cheese Muffins Recipe
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Zesty Ham and Cheese Muffins Recipe

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I developed this recipe and it has become a favorite of my mother's. I often make a batch for the two of us to share. The muffins are great for brunch or an on-the-go breakfast. —Julie Hess, Lititz, Pennsylvania
Featured In: Ham and Cheese Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 14 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 6 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded process cheese (Velveeta)
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 muffin: 153 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. In another bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk and pepper sauce. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the ham, cheddar cheese and process cheese.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Top each muffin with about 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon butter. Combine the paprika, parsley and pepper; sprinkle over muffins.
  3. Bake at 450° for 10-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 14 muffins.
Originally published as Zesty Ham and Cheese Muffins in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2011, p58

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s.keeper User ID: 7380142 193658
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"If I make these again I will leave out the Velveeta (doesn't shred!). Would also try baking them at a lower temp. 450 burns the tops and dries them out a bit."

cndscott User ID: 6327391 178263
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2014

"My family really enjoyed these muffins! I used a little less cheese (I left out the Velveeta) and fresh herbs instead of dried. My husband enjoyed them with some homemade peach jam on top."

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