Monday, March 27, 2017

Asparagus Goat Cheese Muffins #MuffinMonday

Asparagus Goat Cheese Muffins #MuffinMonday

A savory dinner muffin bursting with bright lemony asparagus and tangy goat cheese.

photo of a plate of savory asparagus goat cheese muffins

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It's funny how, when Spring hits, you feel all fresh and new inside when in a brown reality you're surrounded (barely) by bits of buds and shoots. There's not much green around! The local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm share food I'm currently feeding my family is the last of the Strategic Winter Squash Reserve out of my basement plus whatever I've canned and/or frozen during the past year.

That doesn't stop me from craving green things. Grabbing a bag of local spinach out of the freezer to make a Peanut Butter, Spinach, and Banana Smoothie helps, but I need fresh green vegetables in my life, too! This craving for fresh greens is yet another way eating seasonally from the farm share has changed my life.

close up picture of asparagus goat cheese muffins

I've never gardened in one place long enough to even think about growing asparagus until it's too late. It's always in hindsight that I think "you know, if I'd planted an asparagus bed our first year here, we could have harvested some before we moved". I've read that "military spouses plant annuals for themselves, and perennials for those who come after them". That's sure been my experience. I've left strawberry patches, daffodils, and/or mint beds all over the globe, but I've never moved to a home that had an established asparagus bed. Maybe someday.

pic of a plate of muffins with asparagus and goat cheese

These muffins were inspired by a ravioli I make at work. I kept some key elements and turned them into a savory muffin. This would be good with chili, stew, or a Spring/Summer soup like my Finnish Summer Soup with Kale. I tend to think most muffins are enhanced when served warm with butter, but these were pretty nice served to my classmates at room temperature without any butter. We had wine, though, so that possibly made a difference. Who knows?

ingredients for making asparagus goat cheese muffins

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steps for making savory asparagus goat cheese muffins

Asparagus Goat Cheese Muffins (makes 12 muffins)


  • 1 cup chopped asparagus
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup goat cheese (packed)
  • 1 cup self-rising cornmeal
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon white pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a 12 well muffin pan with paper liners, or spray with an oil spray.
  2. Preheat a small skillet (6 to 8 inch is fine) over high heat and add a cup of water to it.
  3. When the water is boiling, drop in the asparagus. After a minute or two, when the asparagus is bright green, remove from heat and drain. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl mix together egg, yogurt, oil and goat cheese until thoroughly combined.
  5. In a large bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.
  6. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, folding in the asparagus towards the end and mix until just moistened.
  7. Scoop batter into prepared pan. Bake for 18 minutes until browned on top. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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collage image of how to make savory asparagus goat cheese muffins


  1. Of course I would love these they have asparagus and goat cheese. How could I not love them?

  2. I'm sure that those who moved in after you were very delighted with their new gardens! Great looking muffins.

  3. These do sound delicious, and the story of military families and your leaving behind plants for the families who follow is so sweet.

  4. Yum yum! What a fun flavah combination! This will be a great spunky muffin to have this spring :)

  5. These muffins are singing to me, not literally because that'd be weird and supernatural.

    I have asparagus in the garden and I love harvesting my four stalks each year. One day, it's gonna explode though. I know it. :)

  6. Perfect! I have goat cheese in my fridge. I don't know if I've ever seen self-rising cornmeal though.

  7. what if you cannot find self rising cornmeal?

    1. You'll need to add baking powder and salt to your cornmeal.
      Here's a substitute