These muffins may or may not just be an excuse to use the muffin liners I bought back at the beginning of October. Their pattern looks like a bad 80s couch that probably lives at a relatives cabin. I’m VERY into them.
I’m kinda surprised I bought them because I don’t even like cupcakes. I mean, they’re a’ight, but if I had to choose, I’d just make a layer cake or something. Those are prettier anyway. But these are muffins. They’re different. I usually have an attitude with muffins that skate the line between muffin and cupcake, but we’re on vacation right now so let’s just live.
These cupcakes come together with a quickness, especially if you already have sweet potato puree in the fridge leftover from Thanksgiving. If it’s spiced with bourbon or nutmeg or cinnamon and sugar, no biggie. Throw it in. It’ll work just fine. Of course, your muffins might be a bit more spiced and bourbon-ey, but that’s actually a good thing.
I’m going to try my hardest not to talk to you about how excited I am about fall TV shows. I mean…Scandal, Parenthood, Downton Abbey, The Mindy Show!! I can’t. Growing up, starting school in fall felt like The New Year to me. New clothes/new school supplies/new shows! UGH. My heaven, seriously. Back then it was all about Felicity, Roswell and Dawson’s Creek.
Even though I was just as obsessed with TV back then as I am now, my TV-watching was limited. My parents were super strict about the TV and I was only allotted one hour a night, so I had to be VERY choosy. I had no TV in my room–wasn’t allowed! And a lot of nights my brother and I had to come to an agreement as to what we’d watch for our one hour of TV. Looking back I have no idea if watching less TV made me smarter or more connected to real humans. I honestly have no idea. I just no at the time it was torture! Well, I’m an adult now; I can eat alllll the Twinkies I want while watching all the TV I want. YES!
Soooo…here’s the thing. It’s not that I hate normal potato salad. I mean, if I’m at a 4th of July party or Super Bowl party and it’s there, I won’t hesitate to put it on my plate (with all the other stuff), but you can bet that it’ll be the last thing on my plate, and I might t ake a few bites. Might. Cole slaw on the other hand? Gimme. Baked beans YES! Fried jalapeño poppers? Double yes.
Here’s the deal with normal potato salad: the potatoes inside, like, internally are sort of bland. Once you get past the awesome mayonnaise/sauce stuff, the potatoes are just boiled, dry and kind of whatever. Potato salad in general is little meh to me until…wait for it…until NOW!
These potatoes aren’t boiled. We’re doing a salt crust. It’s simpler than it sounds. And fun. And, it takes just as long as it would to put them in a pot with boiling water. The result is a million times better. The potatoes end up with a slightly salty interior. And they actually end up tasting more like potatoes. More earthy. More flavor. More potato-ey.