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Unexpected Foods You Can Make In A Muffin Tin

Did you know you can make way more than muffins using your trusty muffin tin? Here are five surprising foods you can prepare when you need an easy way to feed a crowd:

Mini cheesecakes

If you can make cupcakes in a muffin tin, you can make mini cheesecakes. All you need to do is mix up a base for the crust – graham cracker is always welcome – and bake for five minutes or so. Next, prepare the filling and divide evenly in the tin’s cups. Bake for another 15 minutes until set, cool, and then chill! What’s great about mini cheesecakes is that there are endless flavors and crusts to play with. If you’re worried about the cakes sticking, use cupcake wrappers.

Silicone muffin wrappers are economical and convenient

Individual meatloaves

Perfect for entertaining or a high-protein snack, individual-sized meatloaves are basically meat muffins. Simply make your favorite recipe – ground beef, onions, scallions, spices, etc – and instead of shaping it into a bread loaf pan like you normally would, make little ones in your muffin tin. Slather with a little ketchup and bake until to appropriate temperature for the meat you’re using.

Mac ‘n cheese cups

Mac ‘n cheese is a favorite for both kids and adults, but it isn’t the most portable dish. You change that by making mac ‘n cheese in muffin tins. The secret is lining the cups with prosciutto, ham, or thin-cut bacon. This holds the mac ‘n cheese mixture in place during baking and for eating. Top with panko breadcrumbs for texture.

Enchiladas

Like the mac ‘n cheese recipe, enchiladas in a muffin tin are made possible by lining the cup with a tortilla. This hardens into an individual-sized shell packed with your favorite enchilada fillings, like pulled pork, chicken, beef, peppers, onions, and so on. For serving, top with salsa and/or sour cream!

Pizza

In the mood for homemade pizza, but don’t want to bother with something complicated? All you need is premade dough, sauce, cheese, and anything desired toppings. Place squares of dough into a greased muffin tin, add sauce, and then toppings and cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, cool, and enjoy!