Potluck in an hour: muffins and stuffed eggs

Today I decided at the last minute to show up for a potluck in Seattle. I had an hour to throw together something to bring. It was like one of those Food Network time trials: “You have one hour to make your potluck contribution, and your time starts…NOW!”

I thought about doing a quick bread, but those take an hour to bake. Muffins only take 25 minutes and accept many different flavorings. I decided to make a dozen stuffed eggs at the same time.

I pulled the oldest dozen Pheasant Fields Farms eggs out of the refrigerator. I filled my big pot with water and put it on high. While the water was coming to a boil, I turned to the muffins. I set the oven to 400. I mixed the wet ingredients in a bowl, threw the dry ingredients in a food storage container and shook them together, then folded them into the wet ingredients, just a few times so as not to overwork the flour. I melted butter in the microwave and used a pastry brush to swab the muffin tins.

The water came to a boil. I slid the eggs into the water with a spider. One of them promptly cracked, and I just pulled it back out and discarded it. I set a timer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, back to the muffins. I grabbed a bag of blueberries from the freezer and pressed four berries into some of the muffins. Others got small chocolate chips. I quickly cubed some Tillamook cheddar and pressed one cube each into a few of the muffins. I had a little extra time, so I tossed some brown sugar, butter, and a bit of flour into my smallest food processor attachment, pulsed a couple of times, and sprinkled on top of the blueberry muffins.

When I slid the muffins into the oven, I turned the heat up to 410, for two reasons. First, my oven consistently runs 10 degrees lower than its setting. It’s also an Alton Brown trick to make sure the oven is actively heating when the muffins go in so they don’t fall. I set a second timer for 20 minutes.

Muffins:I used the standard Betty Crocker recipe for the muffins:

Wet – 3/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil, 1 egg.
Dry – 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder.

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