Almost every home cook owns a muffin tin. They’re a kitchen staple, and necessary for making cupcakes and muffins. But, are you really making the most of yours? Did you ever wonder if you could be doing a little bit more with your muffin tin? If you haven’t thought beyond basic baked goods, the answer is no.
The truth is, your muffin tin can be used for almost anything that you’d normally bake in a larger baking dish or pan. Meatloaf works in a muffin tin, as do mini frittatas and individual lasagnas. The best part, aside from cuteness, is that the muffin tin maximizes exposed surface area, so every serving of whatever you make ends up with the caramelized edges that only exist on end pieces of anything baked in a larger dish.
Below, you’ll find muffin tin recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pick one to make this week, and discover just how easy and fun it is to think outside the (muffin) box.
Cheesy quinoa chicken enchilada meatloaf cups
The generous layer of cheese that tops these quinoa-filled meatloaf cups really puts the recipe over the edge.
If you love the crispy corner pieces of traditional lasagna, you’ll love these lasagna cups.
Baked oatmeal cups
Sick of overnight oats, but want something you don’t have to cook in the morning? Bake a batch of oatmeal cups to reheat and eat all week.
These pizza-stuffed dough balls are impossible not to like. You can fill them with whatever “toppings” you like, but pepperoni is always a good bet.
Bacon and egg cups
Bacon-wrapped eggs are the new breakfast standard. At least, they will be when you give them a try.
Next time the kids ask to eat cupcakes for dinner, break out these mini meatloaf cupcakes.
If you prefer savory over sweet, add these garlic knots to your muffin tin’s to-do list.
Southwestern chicken cups
Tacos are great, but these Southwestern chicken cups deliver the same flavor without all the cleanup.
Mini walnut apple pies
Ever feel like you could eat a whole pie by yourself? When it comes to these mini apple pies, that’s definitely possible.
Loaded mashed potato cups
Browned, crispy edges make these loaded mashed potato cups even better than regular mashed potatoes.
Muffin tin cheeseburgers
The novelty of these muffin tin cheeseburgers will make your weeknight dinner an extra-special affair.
Muffin tin chicken potpies
Everyone knows that the best part of a potpie is the sauce-soaked crust. With these mini potpies, there’s more of that to go around.
Buffalo chicken cups
If you’re in need of an easy party appetizer, you can’t go wrong with Buffalo chicken cups.
Breakfast egg muffins
These egg muffins are the perfect weekday morning stand-in for an omelette. Meal prep a batch over the weekend and you’ll have a high-protein breakfast option in the fridge all week.
Crunchy taco cups
These taco cups are filled with meat, cheese, and veggies. Even better, they’re totally foolproof.
Cheesy potato gratin stacks
Serve these fancy gratin stacks as a dinner side dish, then reheat leftovers for breakfast to eat alongside an over-easy egg.
Chicken-bacon Alfredo biscuits
Why settle for just a biscuit, when you can have a biscuit that oozes creamy chicken Alfredo?