Ham and Brie Corn Muffins

Ham and Brie Corn Muffins at Create With Joy

Two days ago, I received an invitation to enter Ott A’s Iron Chef Challenge. The May challenge requires chefs to whip up a recipe using Ham as the themed ingredient! Dakin Farm is the sponsor and Sam Cutting, their President, will choose the winner!

My husband and I were so inspired by this challenge, we decided to create a new and original recipe just for the occasion!

We wanted to create a dish that combined sweetness with the smoky savory flavor of ham.

At first, we considered making a dinner delight, such as a ham steak dressed with a sweet plum sauce and a pecan praline, for our entry. Then, we remembered that the challenge also mentioned using baking powder, so we began thinking about ways to incorporate ham into quick breads and muffins. That’s when we came up with the idea of creating a special muffin filled with ham and other surprises that would taste so good, it could be served at the finest bed and breakfast!

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We purchased a large muffin pan and began to compile ingredients that would provide the right combination of textures and flavors we envisioned.

  • The themed ingredient, ham, provides a wonderful rich, smoky flavor.
  • The cornmeal adds a hint of sweetness throughout.
  • The corn, red bell peppers, and green onions create a visual delight with their beautiful colors, and add heartiness and flavor to the muffin.
  • A surprise filling – melted brie – delights your taste buds.
  • And the topping – a pinch of bacon and melted cheddar – provides the perfect finishing touch!
For our first run, we created one muffin – our test muffin – to see how it would turn out. We were blown away by the results! The muffin was FABULOUS – better than anything we could have hoped for!

So, we whipped up a full batch, and are now presenting our Ham & Brie Corn Muffins for entry into Ott A’s Dakin Farm Iron Chef Challenge. We hope you’ll give them a try – we truly love this recipe!

Ott A’s Iron Chef Challenge
Featured Ingredient – Ham

Ingredients

1 Cup Chopped Ham
3 Large Eggs
¾ Cup Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
1 ¼ Cups Sugar
1 ½ Cups Fine or Medium Grind Yellow Cornmeal
1 1/3 Cups Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
½ Cup All Purpose Flour
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Buttermilk
1/3 Cup Light Corn Syrup
2 Cups Fresh or Thawed Frozen Corn Kernels
½ Cup Diced Red Bell Peppers
½ Cup Chopped Green Onions – Greens Only
½ Cups + 1 Tablespoon Brie
3 Tablespoons + 1 Teaspoon of Finely Chopped Bacon
½ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese

A Few Of Our Fresh Fabulous Ingredients

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Grease a giant muffin pan with butter.

3. Use an electric mixer with the paddle attachment on medium speed to mix together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the buttermilk and corn syrup mixing until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until well combine after each addition.

4. In another bowl, stir together the cornmeal, whole wheat pastry flour, all purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.

Step 4 - Combine Your Fresh Ingredients

5. Reduce the electric mixer to low speed. Add the flour mixture (#4) to the butter mixture (#3) in two additions. Beat until smooth and well combined.

6. Fold in the ham until thoroughly combined. Fold in the corn kernels, red peppers and green onions until evenly distributed. Do not over-mix or you will crush the vegetables.

Step 6 - Fold In Your Ingredients

7a. Spoon the batter into a large muffin pan only about half way up.
7b. Place 1 tablespoon of brie in the center of the muffin batter.

Step 7b - Add The Brie

7c. Cover with the remainder of the batter.

Step 7c - Cover With Batter

8. Bake for 30 minutes.

9a. Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the top of each muffin with 1 teaspoon of bacon.

Step 9a - Add Bacon

9b. Also sprinkle with approximately 1 tablespoon of shredded cheddar cheese.

Step 9b - Add Cheddar Cheese

10. Return the pan to the oven and bake for approximately 13 minutes. The muffins are done when the tops are a rich brown.

11. Remove them from the oven and cool for no more than five minutes. Serve while hot!

Note: This recipe makes 10 large delicious muffins!

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75 Responses to “Ham and Brie Corn Muffins”

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  1. April @ The 21st Century Housewife says:

    These look so good – like a meal in themselves! I love the cornmeal and the combination of the ham and brie – it's inspired! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely muffins with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  2. Miranda says:

    Great job on the original creation! Thanks for sharing this at Fat Camp Friday this weekend. Enjoy your weekend, see you next week!

  3. Laura says:

    That's something I would never think to throw together, but it looks good! Visiting from comment love Sunday.

  4. Jenn Erickson says:

    Mmmm….so many delicious, complimentary ingredients. What an excellent creation! Wishing you the best of luck in the Iron Chef challenge! Sounds like a winner to me!

    Best,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  5. Ask Ms Recipe says:

    Thank you joining my meme love your recipe have a great day.

    Nina

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  7. linda says:

    Looks quite yummy!

  8. Amanda says:

    OMG this looks so good – I get hungry just looking at it. Love the pictures and easy to follow instructions.

  9. Sue says:

    I want a bite!!

    😉

  10. Andrea@From the Bookshelf says:

    These look yummy!

  11. RedTedArt says:

    Oooh delicious!

  12. H says:

    I love brie and these corn muffins look delicious.

  13. Keri says:

    Mmm… Now I'm hungry!

  14. storybeader says:

    Yum – Yum! Looks delicious! And great directions – even I could follow it {:-Deb

  15. Ames says:

    Making me hungry! I'll have to try this recipe. ~Ames

  16. Jenny says:

    I swear I left a comment here earlier. Strange.

    Regardless of that, oh man, these look amazing.

    What a delicious link this week.

    I'm definitely going to give this recipe a try.

    Thanks for sharing it.

    A+

  17. Heather says:

    Yum! Yum! Looks soooo good!

  18. debra says:

    These look so delicious!

  19. These sounds really delicious!

  20. Pondside says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! What a great new addition to my brunch recipe repertoire!
    Thank you.

  21. This sounds like an amazing combination! I hope you win! I think you will!

    I’m bookmarking this recipe to try when it cools off enough here to use the oven!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Yum.

    Oh!

    A+

  22. Always looking for a great grab and go breakfast for the kid! This looks so yummy I can’t wait to try it. Pinned!

  23. I love savory muffins! And God knows I love me some Brie!

  24. Cristina says:

    Love the recipe. So easy, and yet it looks so tasty!

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