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Jan 30, 2017

Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins

These Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins are a wonderful savory breakfast or lunch treat. 

Gruyere, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins

These Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins are wonderful with eggs and bacon for breakfast, or a green salad for lunch.

The flavor of these muffins is mild and fresh, and they are delicious warm. They are also really tasty spread with a little salted butter.

One of my favorite cheeses is Gruyère, especially in baked goods. It melts so perfectly! Rather than grating the cheese, I cut it into a small dice so that the cheese would not completely disappear into the batter. When the muffins are warm, you get little pockets of melty cheese, and a few bits of cheese oozing out of the muffin!

Gruyere, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins

After the recipe, be sure to check out the rest of the muffins baked by the rest of the Muffin Monday bakers, hosted by Stacy of Food Lust People Love.

Gruyere, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins

Gruyère, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins


  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups (10 ounces) unbleached all purposed flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 ounces Gruyère cheese, cut into quarter inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the red bell pepper into 1 inch strips and toss with the olive oil. Roast the peppers on a foil lined baking sheet for 30 minutes, turning them over half way through roasting. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. When cooled, dice into 1/4 inch pieces. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 12 cavity muffin tin with spray oil, or line with muffin papers.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together. Mix in the Gruyère and the thyme.
  4. In a large measuring cup, mix the buttermilk, egg, and olive oil. Pour the liquid mixture into the dry mixture, and stir just until there are no more streaks of flour. Gently fold in the red peppers.
  5. Using an ice cream scooper, evenly distribute the batter among the muffing cavities. Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Transfer the muffin pan to a wire rack and let cool for five minutes. Remove the muffins from the pan and let cool a bit more. Serve warm.
  7. Individually wrap leftovers or keep in an airtight container.
Yield: 12 muffins

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These Gruyere, Roasted Pepper, and Thyme Muffins are delicious for breakfast with eggs and bacon.

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  1. These have a beautiful texture, Karen! Not that I expected anything less. I love the flavor combination you've chosen!

  2. They are so beautiful! By the way, you accidentally pasted our updated list over your ingredients.

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know! That's what I get for being in a hurry this morning!

  3. OH my....I love savory muffins and these sound lovely.

  4. That's sounds delicious ☺ Karen

  5. I would love this with scrambled eggs for breakfast--just perfect!

  6. I am also a fan of savory muffins, although in the past month I had two epic failures with "flourless" kinds. Who would bake a muffin without flour, tell me? ;-)

    anyway, yours are simply PERFECT. I would be happy with two or four as my lunch!

  7. Absolutely beautiful muffins! Great idea to simply chop the cheese.

  8. These look AWESOME! Panos is really excited about trying those out:) Oh Karen, if you like Gruyère, you'd be so happy if you'd try some good Graviera from Naxos island! We hope you can get some in the States as well though.
    Sending you lots of hugs,
    Mirella and Panos

    1. I will have to look for Graviera! There is a cheese shop I will need to visit! You both are so sweet to comment!


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