It's Memorial Day weekend, and since it is the season for fair and picnic foods, I thought I would experiment a bit with making something "vanillabean safe". So why corn muffins with lamb? Because I've been seeing hot dogs and corn dogs and their baked modifiers everywhere on the food blogs I follow the past two weeks, and now, I am craving that guilty childhood pleasure a corn dog. Since making my own hot dogs even before I start in on the corn dogs and then using up all my cooking oil to try my hand at deep frying them seems too much for a leisurely Saturday morning, baked stuffed corn muffins seemed a bit more my speed. Even these got a bit more time intensive than I intended.
I started out with these three recipes:
Corn Dog Muffins from Alder's Grove (the original inspiration I think)
Mini Corn Dog Muffins from the Pioneer Woman Cooks
Yellow Corn Muffins from Food.com
And then spun them together with a few substitutions.
Step One: "Hot Dogs"
The hot dog bits became little lamb meatballs seasoned with salt and sage, pan seared to get a nice browned outside, then baked in the oven.
Step Two: Zucchini Milk ( substitute for the buttermilk in the Yellow Corn Muffins recipe)
This recipe came from the Wow This is Allergy Free Cookbook. The actual recipe ratio is
4 cup peeled, chopped zucchini
2/3 c water
Liquefy in the blender.
Heat in a saucepan just until a boil.
Since I didn't have that much zucchini, and my blender did not get the zucchini quite as liquid like as I had imagined... I added a bit more water.
Step Three: Corn Muffins
Substitutions were 1 2/3 c zucchini milk for the 1 cup butermilk; 2 T butter in place of the shortening; canola oil/water in place of eggs. Mix up the batter. Fill the muffin tins.
Bake at 400 for 25 minutes.
While I am sure that any of the three recipes listed above is probably quite a bit tastier than these, they turned out pretty tasty anyway. Only caveat, if I was serving these to friends, I would substitute pork or beef for the sausage center the lamb comes out pretty strong tasting in this , especially if it is not a flavor you are used to. Now, if I only had ketchup...