Savory Feta Spinach and Sweet Red Pepper Muffins

January 29, 2018

Feta Spinach Red pepper muffinsThese taste as good as they sound. Normally we associate muffins with something sweet, but let’s get away from sweet snacks and breakfasts and try something savory. These feta and spinach muffins were inspired by a recipe I saw in an old issue of Bon Appetit and made a bit more Greek and Mediterranean. Obviously, I used a mild extra virgin olive oil instead of the generic vegetable oil the recipe recommends. It pairs beautifully with the feta, spinach and the red pepper. The peppers I used here are the Greek red marinated peppers known as Florina peppers (Piperia Florinis) which are cultivated in the Greek region of Macedonia near Florina. I had the opportunity to spend some time there during New year’s. These peppers are sweet and usually served with olive oil and vinegar as a meze. I also use them in sandwiches, with rice, pasta and quinoa too. They are delicious and you can get them roasted in a jar or fresh (in Greece). If you are not able to find them, you can use regular jarred red peppers.

Feta Spinach and Red Pepper MuffinsThe kids loved the muffins and had them as a snack and for breakfast the next day. They are great as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to a large salad. I used baby spinach but as long as you cut the spinach very thinly it will blend in fine. You can also substitute some of the all purpose flour with whole wheat flour.

What type of feta?

When using feta, make sure you do not buy already crumbled, it may not be as fresh and there are other ingredients often added to it. Greek feta (in Europe only Greek feta that can be called feta) is preferred, but if you are unable to find it, make sure the feta you do buy is made with sheep’s milk not cow’s (there is no such thing as cow’s milk feta). Check here for more tips on buying feta.

Savory Feta Spinach and Sweet Red Pepper Muffins

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Category: appetizer

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Yield: 12

Serving Size: 1 muffin

Calories per serving: 240

Ingredients

  • 2 ¾ cups all purpose flour (you can substitute partly with whole wheat flour)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup low fat milk
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup thinly sliced fresh spinach
  • ¾ cup crumbled feta
  • 1/3 cup drained and patted dry jarred Florina peppers or other red pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 375 F (190 C).
  2. In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, paprika, and salt)
  3. In another bowl mix the olive oil, eggs, milk.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until blended with a wooden spoon. The dough will be thick.
  5. Add the feta, spinach and peppers and mix gently until all ingredients are spread throughout the whole mixture.
  6. Divide mixture in muffin pan that you have lined with muffin/cupcake liners or you can use a silicon muffin tray and grease it with a bit of olive oil (I have used it here). You should have enough for 12 medium muffins.
  7. Bake for about 25 minutes. Remove when toothpick comes out clear when inserted in the muffin.
  8. Let them cool for 10 minutes and remove from tray. Let them cool a couple of hours before serving.

Photos by Elena Paravantes © All Rights Reserved

Feta, Spinach & Red Pepper Muffins

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10 Comments

  • Reply Judy January 29, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I am diabetic and count carbs. Any idea what the carb count is per muffin…I plan to make these anyway – I can always count the carbs separately – just wondered if you have that information. Thanks

    • Reply Elena February 3, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Hi Judy, About 25 grams

  • Reply Nancy February 2, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    These muffins were just delicious! Very colorful, added nutrition with the olive oil, peppers, and I served it with some roasted salmon and roasted asparagus and it was a perfect meal. – even some protein with the feta! Just lovely! I served it with some roasted salmon and roasted asparagus and it was a perfect meal.

    • Reply Elena February 3, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for sharing Nancy! Nice combination!

  • Reply Damon February 5, 2018 at 10:54 am

    They look amazing and I’ll be doing a batch today – I’m just wondering if these freeze well please?

    • Reply Elena February 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Yes, just make sure they are completely cool before freezing.

  • Reply Damon February 5, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I made these this morning and they were delicious – I swapped 1/3rd of the flour for wholemeal rye flour and added a little sundried tomato. Personally I’d halve the sugar in the recipe and have them slightly less sweet, but they were really easy and a great recipe. Thanks

    • Reply Elena February 5, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Great additions Damen, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Linda March 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    These look wonderful. Have you tried them with honey instead of sugar? Also do you recommend the marinated or jarred peppers over self roasting them? I cannot wait to try these.

    • Reply Elena Paravantes RDN April 6, 2018 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Linda, I used jarred Greek peppers, as they are marinated they have a somewhat ore intense flavor, but I think grilled peppers would be interesting too.

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