Homestyle Italian Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins Recipe


Ham and Cheese Mini MuffinsWhat better way to season a muffin than with Hidden Valley Farmhouse Homestyle Italian Dressing? The savory Italian flavors in the dressing bake right into the muffins, creating a moist, mouthwatering texture and tantalizing flavors.

I typically need to add fresh herbs to savory muffins, but the ingredients in the Farmhouse Originals Homestyle Italian Dressing are rich enough that I can skip that step, saving me time when school starts!

I love how all these wonderful scents fill my house with a comforting aroma when baking these muffins, which are not only are they delicious, but perfect size for my sons’ lunch boxes. And with the addition of the ham and cheese, I often serve them for weekend lunch treats for the whole family in place of sandwiches.

makes: 4 dozen mini muffins


  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup, plus 3 tablespoons Hidden Valley Farmhouse Originals Homestyle Italian Dressing, divided
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly sliced ham, cut into a small dice
  • 3-1/4 cups grated Asiago cheese, divided


Step 1: Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 375 F. Add paper cupcake liners to 4 (12 cup) mini muffin pans and set aside.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 1

Step 2: In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder, sugar, and salt. Set aside.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 2A Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 2B

Step 3: In a small bowl, whisk the milk with the egg, ½ cup of the dressing, and olive oil.

Step 4: Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Stir just until the flour is incorporated.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 4A Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 4B

Step 5: Fold in the ham and 1¾ cups of the cheese. Stir only until the ham and cheese are well distributed.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 5A

Step 6: Divide the batter between paper-lined mini muffin pans.

Step 7: Add a bit of the remaining 3 tablespoons of dressing and the remaining ½ cup of cheese on top of each muffin.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 7A Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 7B

Step 8: Place in the oven and bake the muffins until they are golden brown and cooked through, about 20 minutes.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 8

Step 9: Let the muffins cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Step 9A

Tip: When warm, paper cupcake liners will likely stick to the cheese in the muffins; let them cool to room temperature so the papers come off more easily. You can also grease and flour your muffin pan instead of using paper cupcake liners.
Ham and Cheese Mini Muffins - Final

*This post was sponsored by Hidden Valley.