This week's SMS was chosen by Hanaa of Hanaa's Kitchen: caramelized onions, sage & cheddar muffins! Though I'm not usually a huge fan of savory breads/muffins, two things about this selection had me excited from the start. First, my love for caramelized onions cannot be overstated: they're definitely up there among my favorite foods ever! Second, I only had a block of cheddar so I got to use my food processor to shred the cheese and I just think it's the coolest thing to watch.
I made a few minor modifications to the recipe. I halved the recipe since I wasn't sure I'd like them. I substituted dry sage because I didn't have fresh. I also used 1% milk in place of the whole milk. The batter seemed fairly thick as I filled the muffin tin and I was a little worried these muffins might be dense. My muffins never really achieved "lightly golden" but the toothpick came out clean so I pulled them from the oven after about 25 minutes. Between the color and the shape, they weren't the most attractive little muffins, but they smelled great! I sampled one and was thrilled to find that it wasn't dense at all. It was moist and fluffy! I think the muffins will be a great accompaniment to a big bowl of soup! The only problem was that my muffins were a bit bland. Next time I'd definitely add more caramelized onions and be a bit more generous with the sage.