9 Muffin-Pan Hacks, Snacks & More
Muffin pans can do all sorts of useful things that have nothing to do with baking! Try our suggestions below… or mix 'n match your favorites to create your perfect personalized snack spread!
Cookout Condiment SpreadIf you've got a bunch of toppings for burgers and hot dogs, don’t spread them out on the counter… Put ‘em in a muffin pan for easy access. Just don't forget spoons for the sauces! Your sandwich-making station will be streamlined, and you won't be stuck trying to figure out who walked off with the ketchup AGAIN. Our top picks: pickle chips, BBQ sauce, mustard, ketchup, relish, chopped onion, light mayo, and Slawsa!
DIY Crudités PlatterWho needs those silly plastic trays from the store with the tub of fatty ranch? Do it yourself, and do it right! Gather all your favorite veggies to load into the cups: baby carrots, jicama sticks, mini bell peppers, and more. Don’t forget the dips! Go for guacamole, salsa, hummus, and yogurt-based dressing.
Genius Drink TrayThose little paper and plastic cups that are cookout staples? They aren't the most stable… Good luck distributing drinks without a spill! If you're playing hostess and making sure everyone has a beverage, this is a creative way to give the cups a bit more support and give you peace of mind. Great for at-home game days and movie nights too!
Elevate Your Fruit PlateIf ordinary fruit bores you, this might make it more appealing! Cut up your favorite fruit and gather those grapes 'n berries. Then pair them with a sweet dessert dip! We have some amazing recipes, and we love Boar's Head dessert hummus. You can even add some cheese cubes to the collection -- who doesn't love fruit 'n cheese? Make room in the fridge, and keep this on hand for better-for-you impulse snacking.
To the Salad Bar… and Beyond!No matter what cuisine is on the menu, a muffin pan is the perfect way to organize toppings. Check out these ideas!
Salad Bar: chopped veggies, beans, seeds, nuts, dried/fresh/canned fruit, dressings, chopped fresh herbs, crumbled bacon, shredded reduced-fat cheese
Ice Cream Sundae Bar: mini chocolate chips, chopped fruit, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, light chocolate sauce, light caramel dip
Taco Bar: shredded reduced-fat cheese, guacamole, light sour cream (or fat-free plain Greek yogurt), chopped veggies, sliced olives, salsa, beans, corn, chopped onion, chopped cilantro
Pizza Bar: turkey pepperoni, pizza sauce, shredded part-skim mozzarella, chopped bell peppers, chopped onion, sliced mushrooms, sliced olives, chopped pineapple
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