These were a big hit at my church's after-service fellowship. I made them as regular muffins & cut them up into fourths to serve as "sausage cheese bites." Incidentally, this makes 24 regular muffins. The recipe lists the yield as 24 servings, but it also states to use miniature OR regular muffin cups, so it was unclear as to whether it would make 24 mini muffins or regular muffins. I'm not a fan of spicy, so I used Jimmy Dean's Sage Sausage (had to skip the rubbed sage because I was out of it), then added several dashes of hot sauce to the batter so I could better control the heat level. This makes a perfect grab & go breakfast; just microwave for 10 seconds. Or as an entree: split open, smothered in scrambled eggs or a good southern white gravy. These would also be good with crumbled bacon or diced ham. Next time, I'll add at least 1/2 cup of shredded cheese to the batter as it's not very cheesy. This recipe is a great base by which you can create all sorts of tasty variations, such as cheeseburger muffins (browned ground beef, diced onions, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, omit the sage - serve w/ketchup, mustard & pickle chips) or pizza muffins (diced pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, onions, green peppers &/or roasted red peppers, 1/2 cup mozzarella & 2 tsp. Italian seasoning instead of the sage - serve w/pizza sauce.) You could even try substituting tomato sauce for the milk in the batter. And how about diced ham, green pepper & pineapple w/monterey jack cheese? Yum!
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These were a big hit at my church's after-service fellowship. I made them as regular muffins...