By using the free-standing paper muffin cups, you eliminate any oil needed to grease the muffin tins and they’re every bit as good. They also make your muffins look extra special if you want to bring them to an event. These are listed as breakfast muffins but they can be enjoyed any time of day. They’re not super sweet but have a rich chocolate flavor. You can add more sweetness by adding the powdered sugar garnish – it’s completely up to you. For those who like their muffins bittersweet, they can do it sans powdered sugar and have some fresh fruit on the side. I like strawberries or raspberries with these muffins but it’s your call. These can also be made the night before so they’re perfect for busy people that want to eat and run.
Polenta is made from cornmeal and the easiest way to use it in a recipe is to get the precooked type that comes in a roll. You can slice, heat and serve this dish very quickly and end up looking like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen.
As with any recipe, using fresh herbs will make it taste extra special. I also use a jarred sauce that I believe tastes as good as my own homemade version. This recipe is perfect when you want something delicious but don’t have a lot of time. You can serve it as an appetizer or a main course.