|These Pizza Flavored Breakfast Muffins are for everyone who likes cold pizza for breakfast!|
I only order pizza for a very rare splurge, but when I do it's a sure thing that I'll be having cold pizza for breakfast the next morning. I'm not sure whether it was that cold pizza breakfast memory, or my fondness for the turkey pepperoni I use to make South Beach Diet Friendly Flatbread Pizza, but recently I found myself thinking about creating some kind of breakfast muffin variation with the flavors of pizza. It took me several failed attempts to get one I liked, but I'm very happy with these muffins that start with the basic idea behind Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins and add pieces of pepperoni, mozzarella string cheese sticks, and dried oregano for a pizza flavored breakfast.
These muffins are adapted from a recipe that uses a dough made of cottage cheese, white whole wheat flour, almond meal, Parmesan, egg, water, and baking soda, so this isn't a gluten-free recipe. I did find myself wondering how it would work if you just switched out the flour for more almond meal for a gluten-free version, so if anyone tries that variation I'd love to hear how it works.
I cut the round turkey pepperoni pieces into sixths and sliced the mozzarella sticks into thin slices, then chopped a few of the cheese slices a bit more.
Stir together the drained cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, white whole wheat flour, almond meal (not finely ground almond flour), baking powder, salt, dried oregano, and Spike Seasoning.
(Makes 12 small breakfast muffins, recipe inspired by Cottage Cheese and Egg Breakfast Muffins, which were adapted from Cottage Cheese Muffins at 101 Cookbooks, adapted from a recipe by Rose Elliot.)
1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, rinsed and drained well
1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
2/3 cup almond meal (not finely-ground almond flour, I use Bob's Red Mill Almond Meal)
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. dried oregano (I used Greek oregano)
1 tsp. Spike Seasoning (optional, or use any all-purpose seasoning that you like with eggs)
4 eggs, beaten
3 T water
1/2 cup diced turkey pepperoni (I cut the pepperoni rounds into sixths)
4 string cheese mozzarella sticks, cut into slices and some slices cut into smaller pieces (3/4 cup chopped mozzarella pieces)
Put cottage cheese into a fine-mesh strainer and rinse with cold water, then let drain while you prep other ingredients. Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400C/200F. Spray silicone muffin cups or muffin pan with nonstick spray or olive oil.
While pepperoni drains, chop the pepperoni. (I cut the round pepper pieces into sixths to make pie-shaped pieces, but you could cut them smaller if you prefer.) Slice the string cheese mozzarella sticks, then chop some of the slices to make various-sized pieces of cheese. (You could probably use 3/4 cup grated mozzarella, but I liked the chunks of cheese in this.)
When the cottage cheese has drained, mix together cottage cheese, Parmesan, flour, almond meal, baking powder, salt, dried oregano, and Spike Seasoning. Beat eggs with a fork, then beat in 3 tablespoons water. Add the egg mixture to the other ingredients and stir until combined.
Add the chopped pepperoni and sliced string cheese to the batter and gently stir to combine. Spoon the mixture into the sprayed baking cups of muffin tin, dividing evenly between the cups. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until the muffins are lightly browned and set. Eat while warm.
You can let these cool and store in for several days in the refrigerator in a plastic container with a snap-tight lid. Reheat the muffins in the microwave just until barely warm (about 1 minute, depending on your microwave.)
South Beach Suggestions:
This recipe would be phase 2 or 3 for the South Beach Diet, due to the use of flour, and it would be important to use low-fat cottage cheese, lower-fat turkey pepperoni, and low-fat string cheese mozzarella sticks if you're making this for South Beach. Even with those ingredients, this is a calorie dense muffin due to the fat content, since Parmesan and almond meal both add fat, so use portion control and don't have nuts for a snack on a day you eat these if you're following South Beach.
More Breakfast Ideas with Pizza Ingredients:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Roasted Green Bell Pepper and Roasted Tomato Breakfast Casserole with Feta and Oregano from Kalyn's Kitchen
Breakfast Casserole with Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushrooms, and Cheese from Kalyn's Kitchen
Breakfast Pizza from The Kitchn
English Muffin Breakfast Pizza from Cooking by the Seat of My Pants
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pizza from Cheeky Kitchen
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