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Zesty Ham and Cheese Muffins

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


14 muffins

I developed this recipe and it has become a favorite of my mother's. I often make a batch for the two of us to share. The muffins are great for brunch or an on-the-go breakfast. —Julie Hess, Lititz, Pennsylvania
Zesty Ham and Cheese Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 6 drops hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup cubed fully cooked ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup shredded Velveeta
  • 5 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients. In another bowl, beat the egg, buttermilk and pepper sauce. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the ham, cheddar cheese and Velveeta.
  2. Fill greased muffin cups three-fourths full. Top each muffin with about 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and 1/4 teaspoon butter. Combine the paprika, parsley and pepper; sprinkle over muffins.
  3. Bake at 450° for 10-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 muffin: 153 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 8g protein.

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