Monday, February 23, 2009

English Muffin Pizzas, Two Ways

4 English muffins, split in half
1/2 cup of tomato sauce with meat chunks
olive oil
garlic powder or minced garlic
basil
mozzarella
red pepper flakes
salt and pepper

Put the muffin halves on a baking sheet, I usually line it with parchment paper. Spread the tomato sauce on four of them, dividing it up evenly. Drizzle olive oil over the other four, then sprinkle them with the basil, garlic powder, red pepper flakes salt and pepper. Top all of the muffins with cheese and bake at 500 for 8-12 minutes.

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So I made some tomato sauce with Italian sausage in it the other night to have with pasta. After dinner I had maybe half a cup leftover. The next day I was trying to think of what I could do with it when I remembered I had a whole pile of English muffins in the freezer. My mom used to make these when I was a kid sometimes and I never really felt it for them, but now I love them. Go figure. Of course, she didn't make them like this. Sometimes when I'm making pizza I like to have toppings under the cheese, as it lets it brown up more. Plus the heat is so high you could burn more delicate toppings like broccoli or thin slices of meat before the cheese got nicely browned. But this time the meat was already in the sauce, so that's just the way it had to be done.

English muffin pizzas couldn't be easier. All you do is take a bunch of English muffin halves and put some stuff on them and bake them. First, stuff on muffins. Please ignore the big smear of sauce in the middle of the parchment. Thanks.On some of these is the sausagey tomato sauce, on the others just some olive oil, basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Then cheese. My girlfriend isn't too into cheese. Can you tell which ones are mine? Heh. Now you just toss them in the 500 degree oven till they are all gorgeous. I love browned mozzarella. The best part is the little bits of crispy, browned cheese overflow.It hits the parchment and just crisps up. I could eat these things all day. And I probably will.Add Image

24 comments:

noble pig said...

I feel like a kid seeing these...awesome...maybe I should make some for mine.

Vicki said...

Memories of childhood! But as an adult, I want to top with a fried (runny) egg, and some hot sauce :)

Tangled Noodle said...

English muffin pizzas have saved my sanity more than once!

Dawn said...

yes, memories of childhood. I was making these by myself at age 9. My mother didn't cook, but my girl scout leader did, so I learned a lot from her. She taught me how to make these in the toaster oven and how to split a hot dog and stuff it with cheese and bacon.

Spryte said...

Dude! I make these all the time! YUM!!!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

Awesome! I'm so making these for my daughter! And myself :) Yum!

tamilyn said...

I need to show this to my kids. They could do this in the toaster oven on nights we work. Thanks for the great idea Bob!!

Michele said...

I love those pieces of cheese that get browned and crunchy! I love making these and I especially love eating them for lunch the next day. For some reason they are always better then second day!

Reeni♥ said...

I haven't had one of these in forever!! I'm still sick but all I want to do is eat. Isn't that weird? And I want to eat kid's comfort foods. This would be perfect right now. I always toast mine first!? I'm all for the extra cheese !

Karen said...

Wow, thanks for the memories! My Mom used to make these all the time when we were kids. I haven't had them in ages. This is real comfort food!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Oh yum! I haven't had these in along time! They look so good!

Jescel said...

this is a good way of controlling portions! i've always made pizza on french baguette, haven't tried it on english muffins yet. they look delish!

Bob said...

noble pig: you totally should. ;)

Vicki: That sounds good too.

Tangled Noodle: They're good like that. :)

Dawn: Mmmm, bacon stuffed hot dog. I was making these pretty young too, it's a great one for kids to do.

Spryte: Nice! :)

5 Star Foodie: Thanks!

Tamilyn: You're welcome. :)

Michele: I've never had leftovers before, I'll have to make extra next time to try that!

Reeni: Heh, being sick regresses people I think. :)

Karen: It totally is. I should add that tag to it...

JennDZ: Thanks!

duodishes said...

Breakfast, lunch and dinner...we could eat pizza. So fun to make these too because you can go insane asylum with your creation or plain Jane.

Also: All the cheese is 100% necessary.

Bob said...

Jescel: It's wicked good on french bread too. ;)

duo: It's also great for a crowd because everyone can put their own stuff on them.

Joie de vivre said...

Swoon! Crispy cheese! I would eat them all day as well.

I'm not sure what leaving the Birz out at room temp does. I thought it would ferment it, but it didn't taste fermented. Also I thought, if it did ferment, then the Muslim Ethiopians wouldn't drink it. Sorry Bob, I'm really not sure.

ChefBliss.com said...

Oh my these bring back memories!!! I love your updated version! I think I might still have my recipe card for these from my kindergarten cooking class! Nicely done!!

onlinepastrychef said...

Oh, these bring back great memories! I ate them as a kid, and then I used to make them w/my wee kids in school. Perhaps I should start stocking English muffins again:)

Love the way you use a really hot oven. I agree--it's all about the browned cheese!

Bob said...

Joie: Isn't crispy cheese the best? Heh. No sweat, I was just curious. :)

ChefBliss: Thanks!

onlinepastrychef: Browned cheese is the only way to go. You should always have english muffins on hand!

Leslie said...

ahhh yes..I do believe I lived o these kind of things in my younger days!

creativecarryout said...

Totally takes me back to my grandma's house. :)
Thanks for the memory!
Michelle
http://oneordinaryday.wordpress.com/

aleta said...

Oh my god, this brings back such strong memories for me . . .

We were never a particularly gourmet family, but were DEFINITELY a "reuse leftovers" family, and hot dog english muffin pizza was a special treasure in our dinner repertoire.

Thank you for taking me back there. =)

Bob said...

Leslie: Hey, it's better than Ramen. ;)

creativecarryout: you're welcome! :)

aleta: Heh, hot dog english muffins pizzas sound awesome! Course, I'm no gourmet. :)

Dazy said...

Hey I too tried muffin pizzas and fairy cakes just after my exams got over. I go weak in the knees with a mention of muffins.

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