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!
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Mamma Mia Muffins