And don't tell me I've never had it cooked right. My mother and her mother before her were both amazing cooks and though they tried 95 different ways from Sunday to make it palatable for me, I just couldn't do it. Not then, not now, not ever.
At the same time, there are meals and dishes that give me such warm, fuzzy feelings when I think of them they can actually cheer me up when I'm feeling blue: the heart shaped valentines day cookies my mom would send me to school with every year in February, her sweet and sour spare ribs over rice, and English muffin pizzas.
Soon enough, other cooks were coming up with their own variations of this delicious snack figuring out they weren't just economical, delicious, and easy to make, they could also be made ahead and frozen!
I've done two variations and both are equally delicious.
Get the printable recipe here: Fully Loaded English Muffin Pizzas
Or join me in the Casa de Kitchen Witch and I'll show you how easy these are to put together!
Fully Loaded English Muffin Pizzas
- 12 english muffins, split
- pizza sauce
- 1 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
- 1 diced green pepper
- 1 diced onion
- 1 cup ham cut into small dice
- 1 tin pineapple tid bits
- thin slices of pizza pepperoni (app 96)
- 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- extra virgin olive oil
- Heat the pepperoni slices in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp around edges, about 2 minutes. Remove from the and blot out any additional fat in paper towel. Do the same with the ham, sauteing just until it begins to crisp.
- Saute the onions, and peppers until they're soft and beginning to caramelize. Remove to a bowl.
- Saute the mushrooms until they begin to lose their water. Add the garlic, and Italian seasonings. Set aside in another bowl.
- Adjust oven rack to upper middle position and preheat to broil.
- Lightly brush the muffins with extra virgin olive oil and place onto a foil lined baking sheet. Place under the broiler just until they begin to toast to lightly brown.
- Coat each English muffin half with sauce. Sprinkle cheese on each English muffin. Place 4 pepperoni slices on top of each pizza. Sprinkle on the mushrooms, peppers, and onions and top with a little more cheese.
- Coat each English muffin half with sauce. Sprinkle cheese on each English muffin. Sprinkle the top of each pizza with the ham, green pepper, and onion. Add pineapple tid bits and top with a little more cheese.
- At this point, you can bake these off or freeze until later. If freezing, place the baking tray into the freezer until the pizzas are completely frozen. Individually wrap each pizza bun in plastic wrap and then store in large freezer bags.
- Freeze for up to 3 months or bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. To use frozen Pizza English Muffins: Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.
Nutritional AnalysisCalories: 287
Total Fat 17.1g
Saturated Fat 6.8g
Trans Fat 0.4g
Total Carbohydrates 17.5g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Vitamin A 5% • Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 26% • Iron 12%
Nutrition Grade B
Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, a former website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada, the $20,000.00 winner of the online competition "The Real Women of Philadelphia" and a finalist on the Food Network Canada show Recipe to Riches. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.