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8 Dishes You Never Thought to Make in a Muffin Tin

Basically everything is better (and cuter!) mini-sized.
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Think Like a Muffin

Even if these tins were only good for making muffins and cupcakes, that would still be enough to justify their place in a cramped cabinet. But they're actually a kitchen workhorse just like cast-iron skillets (or even, believe it or not, waffle makers). Here are eight delicious reasons why they — and their cute cousin, the mini-muffin tin — are our go-to pans.

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Easy Lasagna Cups

Cooked ravioli is the shortcut secret to this kid-friendly dinner or fun party appetizer. Fill sprayed foil liners with a layer of tomato sauce, a piece of ravioli, shredded mozzarella and Parm. Then, repeat the layers, and bake until browned and bubbly.

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Mini Monkey Bread

Individual portions of pull-apart bread mean you get a whole mini loaf to yourself — and no more fighting over the last piece! Cut refrigerated biscuit dough into small pieces, and toss with melted butter, cinnamon and sugar (add nuts if you're feeling fancy). Bake in greased muffin cups until puffed and golden brown.

 

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Taco Side Salads

Skip the grease and fat in fried taco shells by making your own tortilla cups in the oven. Fold and fit flour tortillas into the sprayed cups of a muffin tin. Then spray the tortillas and bake at 425 degrees F until they're golden and crisp. Fill with shredded lettuce, salsa, taco beef mix, guacamole, and your favorite hot sauce and toppings.

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