At some point, along some time between now and a year ago, I somehow accidentally got signed up for a Disney Family magazine.
At my work address.
So once a month, a copy of this very family-friendly magazine full of kid-friendly games & crafts & vacation ideas shows up in the mail room in my inbox, and inevitably, a coworker will see it & say, “Oooohhh, is there something you’re not telling us??? Hrrmmmm???”
Yup. …I am secretly harboring a fugitive Guatemalan family inside my filing cabinet.
And they all REALLY love cupcakes with Oreo mouse ears.
Originally, I just threw these away in our recycling bin, since as a non-mom & have very little need for popsicle stick craft project ideas or notes on how to make a sunflower using bendy straws… but one day I actually started flipping through them, and discovered RECIPES. Quick, fun recipes designed for letting kids help you cook….i.e. EASY stuff. Which is ideal because, I know this may come as a shock to you, but I do NOT cook 5-star meals each night. Sometimes, I actually CRAVE Hamburger Helper. Or a grilled cheese with deli turkey & sliced tomato. I also occasionally eat Ramen at my desk while daydreaming about take out sushi.
A while back, I saw in one of these magazines the idea for “stuffins” – stuffing prepared in a muffin pan & baked. I love stuffing, and I love muffins… so I ripped that page out of the magazine & then quickly shoved the rest of the booklet into the filing cabinet for the Guatemalans—dog-earring that cute “cherry pie cupcake” tutorial for them while I was at it. (Don’t look at me like that—they have a flashlight.)
The stuffin is the ideal side dish—but I wanted to make it more of a bite-size meal option. So we’ve added meat & extra veggies!
1 lb spicy smoked turkey sausage, diced
1 box Stove Top (+ boiling water as noted on the box)
1 tbsp dried chives or chopped green onions
1 cup canned corn
Heat your oven to 375.
Cook your sausage in a large skillet until browned. Drain.
Prepare boiling hot water in accordance with the box of Stove Top.
In a large bowl, combine the dry Stove Top Mix, corn, onion, and boiling water. Mix well & let stand for a bit (5 minutes), then fluff with a fork & add the turkey sausage & the egg. Mix well. (The egg is important—I made my first batch without it & they wouldn’t hold together).
Scoop into your muffin tray—you should have enough to make about 12, so divide evenly.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until nice & brown. Serve while warm. This pairs well with a salad, a warm bowl of chicken soup, or other finger foods, like the bacon-wrapped peppadews from last week. They also make a pretty snazzy quick savory breakfast when you reheat the leftovers.
NutriFacts (1 serving = 3 stuffins)
Calories 425.9 (142 per stuffin, if you’re not eating 3 of them)
Total Fat 10.8 g
Saturated Fat 3.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g
Cholesterol 100.4 mg
Sodium 1,558.8 mg
Potassium 211.9 mg
Total Carbohydrate 41.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.9 g
Sugars 7.2 g
Protein 19.9 g