Rating: 4.54 stars
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0

A nice change from the traditional sweet zucchini muffin, this recipe utilizes zucchini, onion, garlic, roasted red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes, resulting in a moist, savory muffin that's perfect at breakfast, lunch, or dinner time! You can sprinkle with a little shredded parmesan before baking, if you like.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
25 mins
cook:
35 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
70 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 muffins
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 16 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir the onion and garlic in the hot oil until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and remove from heat; transfer to a food processor. Add the zucchini and roasted red pepper to the tomato mixture; pulse the mixture several times until finely chopped.

  • Stir the all-purpose flour, cornmeal, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper, basil, and oregano together in a bowl.

  • In a separate large bowl, beat the butter with the sugar until fluffy using an electric mixer; beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the sour cream, milk, hot pepper sauce, and 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

  • Stir half the flour mixture into the butter mixture until almost incorporated; add the rest of the flour mixture and stir a few times just to mix. Stir in the zucchini mixture. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups until nearly full. Sprinkle each muffin cup with about 1 teaspoon of shredded Parmesan cheese, if desired.

  • Bake the muffins in the preheated oven until golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans.

Nutrition Facts

181 calories; protein 4.5g; carbohydrates 19.1g; fat 9.9g; cholesterol 43.5mg; sodium 292mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (40)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2009
Christine I am SO excited to be the first reviewer of your recipe so that I can give it a good jump start by showering it with the praise it deserves! The recipe granted is very involved for a muffin and requires a lot of ingredients. Maybe this unfortunately makes people pass it by. But here is a perfect example of how the effort you put into something is SO worth the results! As the first reviewer I felt a responsibility to strictly stick to the recipe and other than using full fat sour cream and skipping the optional Parmesan topping I did. As these were baking (mine only took 30 minutes) the aroma was so good it truly was making my mouth water - and I'm not being dramatic to stress a point! Healthy flavorful ingredients and flecked with lovely colors but the true test would be the taste test. You have outdone yourself! They are perfect! Moist great texture beautiful and such a unique flavor! You have this recipe down pat and I would strongly encourage others not only to try these but to make them exactly as the recipe directs - that means no shortcuts no changes no substitutions or deletions. I can't imagine how this recipe could be improved upon the perfection it already is. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2010
Good but....... They lacked zip so with the roasted red peppers etc in the food processor we added one seedless and deveined jalapeno pepper another 1/2-1 tsp salt a handful of parmesan cheese and replaced 1/2 c all purpose flour with 1/2 c nutritional yeast (not brewers or quick rise yeast) (available at most health food stores). Delicious. Read More
(7)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2009
Christine I am SO excited to be the first reviewer of your recipe so that I can give it a good jump start by showering it with the praise it deserves! The recipe granted is very involved for a muffin and requires a lot of ingredients. Maybe this unfortunately makes people pass it by. But here is a perfect example of how the effort you put into something is SO worth the results! As the first reviewer I felt a responsibility to strictly stick to the recipe and other than using full fat sour cream and skipping the optional Parmesan topping I did. As these were baking (mine only took 30 minutes) the aroma was so good it truly was making my mouth water - and I'm not being dramatic to stress a point! Healthy flavorful ingredients and flecked with lovely colors but the true test would be the taste test. You have outdone yourself! They are perfect! Moist great texture beautiful and such a unique flavor! You have this recipe down pat and I would strongly encourage others not only to try these but to make them exactly as the recipe directs - that means no shortcuts no changes no substitutions or deletions. I can't imagine how this recipe could be improved upon the perfection it already is. Thank you for sharing your recipe! Read More
(86)
Rating: 5 stars
07/12/2010
This recipe produces a wonderfully delightful muffin! I must say it is very time consuming and took me way more than the 25 minute prep time indicated. But if you do have the time these are well worth it. I made 1/2 a batch and now wished I made the whole thing. Mine came out perfectly beautiful after 32 minutes. I'll definitely make these again and might try making them in stages. I think I'd prep the zucchini mixture a day ahead cover and refrigerate it. And the dry ingredients could easily be combined a day ahead. This is a wonderful recipe so do give it a try. Just plan ahead! Read More
(25)
Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2010
Exactly what I ve been looking for! Savory flavorful moist and satisfying. Two of these make for a perfect snack/lunch on the go. I followed the recipe pretty exact with only a few modifications added a handful of seeds (mix of flax sunflower and pumpkin) added an additional 1T of milk since my mixture seemed a tad on the dry side (maybe from the seed addition) and used herbs de Provence since I didn t have dried basil and parsley. Unlike other reviewers mine were perfectly baked at 38 min. I will definitely make these again and maybe try other vegetable/cheese combinations spinach tomato feta sounds goods. Thanks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/28/2009
Marvelous muffins! I could not stop eating them! I sauteed the zucchini and broccoli until slightly tender. I used Greek yogurt and buttermilk and then proceeded with the recipe. I baked it for 25-30 mins. Definitely A recipe. I will make these tender moist delicious morsels again! Thanks Christina! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/01/2010
Certainly a 5 - takes more time but worth every bit of the effort. Didn't change anything except to substitute yogurt for sour cream bcos I didn't have any. Made it for church brunch & everyone was surprised at how tasty it is. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
07/13/2010
These are really good! I substituted the whole wheat flour with an equal amount of all-purpose as I never have the latter on hand. Worked fine! I realize the Parmesan topping is optional but went for it. It gets way too brown for our liking. I will omit it next time or try another cheese mixed into the batter. This would be great with olives and feta too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/06/2011
this is a really good recipe. Muffins are tasty moist and fragrant. I strictly followed the recipe except for the red peppers I can't eat; I substituted them with about 70 grams of minced speck a typical italian smoked prosciutto. as others suggested I mixed the parmigiano cheese into the batter. I'll do these again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2010
If you're looking to impress this recipe's for you. As these baked the kitchen smelled like a true Italian Bistro. The ingredients list is long and it takes a little more time to put together but well worth the effort. The muffins turned out moist and tasty. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2010
Can't stop eating these. I was pressed for time so didn't saute the garlic and onions reduced the onion to 1/4 cup finely chopped and mixed in with the zucchini also mixed the parmesan cheese in the batter. Read More
(7)
Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2010
Good but....... They lacked zip so with the roasted red peppers etc in the food processor we added one seedless and deveined jalapeno pepper another 1/2-1 tsp salt a handful of parmesan cheese and replaced 1/2 c all purpose flour with 1/2 c nutritional yeast (not brewers or quick rise yeast) (available at most health food stores). Delicious. Read More
(7)