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Bacon-Thyme Corn Muffin Tops

Bacon-Thyme Corn Muffin Tops

Ingredients (11)

  • 6 ounces bacon, cooked, crumbled, drippings reserved (1/2 cup crumbled)
  • 1 cup fine stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk, well shaken
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
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Nutritional Information
  • Calories184
  • Fat9.47g
  • Saturated fat4.84g
  • Trans fat0.24g
  • Carbs20.27g
  • Fiber1.04g
  • Sugar4.31g
  • Protein4.81g
  • Cholesterol65.69mg
  • Sodium257.7mg
  • Nutritional Analysis per serving (12 servings) Powered by

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Muffin tops were a big thing on Seinfeld, and understandably so: They’re crunchy yet soft, and the best part of the muffin. They’re also the ideal item to dunk in bisque.

What to buy: Muffin top pans can be found at specialty kitchen stores, but if you can’t get your hands on one, a regular 12-well muffin pan will work, too (baking times remain the same).

This recipe was featured as part of our Festivus menu.

Tips for Bacon and Pork

Instructions

  1. 1Heat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat the wells of 2 6-well muffin top pans or 1 standard 12-well muffin pan with bacon drippings (or vegetable oil); set aside.
  2. 2Combine cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps.
  3. 3In a medium bowl, combine butter, buttermilk, eggs, and thyme and whisk until incorporated and smooth.
  4. 4Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring just until incorporated, about 1 minute. Divide batter evenly (about 1/3 cup) among the wells, and sprinkle about 1 heaping teaspoon of bacon over each muffin top.
  5. 5Bake muffin tops until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Let sit in the pans 5 minutes before removing.
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