With all of our travelling the past couple of weeks, I haven’t had a lot of time for cooking at home so we’ve been thinking of recipes that are easy to prepare at home or on the road.
This week we decided on English Muffin Pizzas. These make terrific snacks or fun lunchtime sandwich replacements and even little kids can get in on the fun of making them.
This was a fun food for Brownie Camp and Cooking Badge meetings as well. We leaders would bring the main ingredients; English muffins, pizza sauce, and grated cheese; and the girls would each bring a favourite topping that could be shared.
Our girls loved putting them together and figuring out what toppings to add (you may have to add a bit of caution here since too many toppings can result in a soggy, chewy muffin crust).
We’ve done these for birthday parties over the years as well.
Here’s the super simple recipe!
English Muffin Pizzas (makes 4 mini pizzas)
2 English muffins split in the middle
4 tbs pasta or pizza sauce
8 tbs grated pizza cheese
Split open muffins and lay them cut side up. Spoon one tbs of the sauce on each. Sprinkle with 2 tbs pizza cheese.
Heat in oven, toaster oven, or microwave until cheese is hot and bubbly. I find that 350°F is a good temperature, it usually takes about 10 minutes but be sure to keep an eye on it.
As I noted earlier, this is simply the basic cheese version. Additions like bacon bits, sliced mushrooms, chopped peppers, ham, or pineapple tidbits are good too. You can also use a cheese slice rather than grated cheese (we do this when we’re travelling since we usually have slices for sandwiches anyway).
I will also note that while it’s easier for little ones to heat them in the microwave, you may wish to toast the muffins first, in this case, to give them a bit of crunch (although our girls and grandsons don’t seem to mind the softer microwaved crust).
We’ve also done this basic pizza on pita bread (you leave the pita intact and add the toppings to one side). This makes a more crispy, thin crust that is more the size of an individual pizza rather than a mini.
I’m sure many of you have had fun making these with your kids. I’d love to hear any family favourite additions or ideas you have in the comments!
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