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Go Ahead and Try! 
Sep. 14, 2012 5:55 am 
Updated: Sep. 26, 2012 4:31 pm
Well, we're at it again!  Allrecipes has asked that we try to create a new recipe using a sponsor's product.  I wasn't too excited about this task, because I'd much rather try a recipe someone else has created.  You see, another cook has to do the experimenting, and I won't have to throw away ingredients if it doesn't turn out.  However, in the spirit of being a "good sport", I decided to try to come up with something.  Our product is Al Fresco chicken sausage.  This is another reason I wasn't too excited about this, because the Al Fresco site has a product locator on it, and there is none of their product within 50 miles of my home!  So, with full transparency here,  I did not use Al Fresco, but I found another brand of fully cooked chicken sausage with red pepper in it.  I have tried Al Fresco, and it is delicious.  It's just not available in San Antonio!

The Al Fresco Red Pepper chicken sausage has asiago cheese.  Kind of Italian sounding, right?  I wanted to do something besides pasta, so I thought, what's Italian that's not pasta?  I couldn't imagine this as bruschetta, and I was drawing a blank.  Well, what about polenta?  Well, maybe, but I'm a southern girl and more inclined toward cornbread than polenta.  That's when it hit me.  A cornbread muffin with the sausage baked in.  OK, but how do I make it Italian?  By adding herbs and flavors that say Italy, like fresh basil, garlic, mozzarella....hmmmm.

I started with chopping up about 1/4 cup of fresh basil from the garden.  Next, the garlic, how much?  I decided on 4 cloves of minced fresh garlic, and 1/2 cup of chopped onions.  Next, substitute olive oil for corn oil, and you see where I'm going.  If Al Fresco is available in your area, I recommend it.  If it is not, then use a brand that is fully cooked, and you should be fine.  I came up with this recipe for Mamma Mia Muffins:  http://allrecipes.com/personalrecipe/63342768/mamma-mia-muffins/detail.aspx<

This recipe made 12 nice, hearty muffins.  When I put the batter in the tin, I sprinkled about half of them with the reserved cheese, and placed the sliced tomato on top.  I did the other half with the tomato first and reserved cheese on top.  I think the cheese on top is more appealing.  I know it's a long list of ingredients, but prepare the ingredients first, and you can whiz through it.

So the moral of this story is, if you have an idea about cooking that comes out of your experience, or your creative imagination, don't be afraid.  We all love to tweak, don't we?  If it needs a little something, you can fix it next time.  Go ahead and try!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position), and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, Sweet and Savory. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi.
Mamma Mia Muffins
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Sep. 14, 2012 6:07 am
Sounds (and looks) wonderful. Good job.
Sep. 14, 2012 6:08 am
...and I rarely make a recipe from anywhere w/on at least a little tweak.
Sep. 14, 2012 6:08 am
w/o - lol
Sep. 14, 2012 6:12 am
The recipe you came up with sounds like it would be very good. You put thought into it to make something from literally nothing to work with! Congratulations on a new recipe!
Sep. 14, 2012 6:13 am
great job! sounds delish! My mom lives in San Antonio too :) (Universal City area)
Sep. 14, 2012 6:15 am
Nice! I would never have thought of making savory muffins but they sound really good. Thanks for sharing with us.
Sep. 14, 2012 6:20 am
I'm hungry for those muffins and they would be good at breakfast.
Sep. 14, 2012 6:24 am
Wow, you guys are great! Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I'm still taking pictures on my iPhone, but a camera is on my list for Christmas!
Sep. 14, 2012 6:27 am
Bibi-LOL- I always use my phone to take photos. It takes better photos then my camera. I do use I Photo when the photo needs to be edited. Thanks for the recipe!
Sep. 14, 2012 6:33 am
What can you say?? Southern girls can cook!! Way to go.
Sep. 14, 2012 6:34 am
Looks great, Bibi...I would have to buy a different brand of sausage b/c that one's not available in my area, but these look like a definite must try! :)
Sep. 14, 2012 6:53 am
You know Lela, I found the editing tool in iPhoto makes up for some of the things I lack as a photographer! Cliff, what is all the excitement about polenta, I say! Christina, probably any brand of fully cooked sausage would work. Thanks to all of you for stopping by!
Sep. 14, 2012 8:00 am
Bibi: Nice job creating a beautiful savory muffin!
Sep. 14, 2012 8:24 am
Great Job! Wish I could eat one now. I will try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
Sep. 14, 2012 9:37 am
Actually, the muffins were quite good leftover. I had one this morning, and each flavor had developed and become richer. I wish I could share with all of you! Thanks for your comments!
Sep. 14, 2012 11:56 am
Thank you Bibi,the way you wrote this i could almost smell them baking.Great job.
Sep. 14, 2012 1:17 pm
Great job Bibi! These sound tasty :)
Sep. 14, 2012 2:06 pm
I have to agree with BD Weld. Breakfast muffins! You guys are really coming up with recipes I would like to try!!
Sep. 14, 2012 3:32 pm
And may I reiterate, "I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, Sweet & Savory. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi. This blog was written in support of Al Fresco and their Roasted Pepper and Asiago Cheese fully cooked chicken sausage."
Sep. 14, 2012 3:34 pm
manella, mauigirl, and CatHill, you're making me blush. You are too kind!
Sep. 14, 2012 5:34 pm
Hi Bibi. Great blog and those muffins sound great and I love the name.
Sep. 15, 2012 4:52 am
O.C., they were pretty tasty. Thanks for stopping by!
Sep. 16, 2012 12:18 am
Bibi, thank you for your great recipes. I use Al Fresco chicken sausages on a regular basis. They are great and Gluten Free. The sweet Italian is great in spaghetti, or as a sandwich. Their Apple sausage is great with breakfast, and the their Andoulie sausage is great with fried onions and potatoes.
Sep. 16, 2012 12:23 am
Any leftover for me???? Great blog, Bibi
Sep. 16, 2012 3:17 am
Thanks for your comments, Mai and thunder!
Sep. 16, 2012 4:49 am
Way to go Bibi!
Sep. 18, 2012 2:41 pm
luv2cook, you are sweet to comment! Thanks!
Sep. 19, 2012 5:35 am
Love a savory muffin packed with good stuff! Looks yummy! Nice job!
Sep. 19, 2012 11:58 am
Me too, mickdee! Sometimes sweet just won't do it. Thanks for stopping by!
Sep. 21, 2012 1:18 am
I love savory muffins, and will have to give them a try. Although I will have to sub something else for the Al fresco :-)
Sep. 22, 2012 10:02 am
Hi, British Baker! Thanks for taking a look! I believe you may sub any fully cooked chicken sausage in this recipe.
Sep. 26, 2012 4:31 pm
Now there's a different muffin and it's one I would try! Great going, Bibi!
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My cooking experiences began in the 4th grade Conservation Club. Cooking and Sewing were classes for girls, and my mom agreed to teach them for me and a couple of friends. We began with a blond brownie sort of dessert. After I made it a few times, I began to experiment with the recipe. Mom was a no-recipe cook, and I do that, too, but I usually follow a new recipe the first time. Most of the time, I can tell by looking if we will like it. I have a husband, 2 sons, 1 granddaughter, and one ex-daughter-in-law. I was chosen to be an AllRecipes Allstar Ambassador in 2012, and I am so excited! I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog, "Sweet & Savory". The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, Bibi.
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