This Veteran’s Day snack uses some pretty patriotic ingredients: turkey (in the form of turkey bacon), American cheese, and even the seeds of the Veteran’s Day flower, the poppy. It presents all these as a small savory muffin that takes only a few minutes to bake and can be reheated. On top of all that, it just plain tastes good. So think about making a batch for your Veteran’s Day celebration.
Okay, I’ll admit I didn’t use turkey bacon simply because the turkey is native to North America. Turkey bacon is much less fatty than the traditional kind and cuts out the risk of a greasy taste and feel in the muffin. You can also use ready made bacon bits, either real or artificial, or you can make your own out of regular bacon, but be sure to drain it completely of melted fat after it’s cooked.
Take the time to toast the poppy seeds; you’ll be glad you did. Just heat up a small, dry pan (I used a cast iron one), pour in a thin layer of seeds, and stir or otherwise keep them moving for a few minutes until they start giving off a nutty scent. That’s all it takes, but it gives them a much deeper flavor while preserving their crunchiness.
Though poppy seeds don’t have any of the, um, interesting effects of opium, they have been known to cause false positives on drug tests. Just something to be aware of — you probably don’t want to post a sign about it in front of the plate, so if you think this might cause your guests any trouble, just leave the seeds out. The muffins will still taste great.
Editor’s Note: Don’t forget the patriotic Veteran’s Day decorations. Click here for some great ideas.
- 1½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 large egg
- ⅓ cup turkey bacon bits (about 3 strips, cooked and crumbled)
- ½ cup shredded American cheese
- 1 tablespoon dried onion
- 1 teaspoon toasted poppy seeds
- Measure and combine the last four ingredients so they’re ready to add to the batter all at once.
- Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
- Beat the egg and combine with the sour cream.
- Stir the cream mixture into the flour mixture quickly and lightly till just combined.
- Stir in the final ingredients. All mixing should take no more than 20 seconds or the mixture will toughen.
- Spoon into greased gem pan.
- Bake at 400℉ for 6 to 7 minutes or till they test done.