English Muffin Pizzas

If you’re looking for a luxurious, decadent and totally time consuming recipe… this absolutely isn’t it. Keep looking. If you’re up for a fun, quick and totally easy dish then look no further. Especially in the summer months, heating up the kitchen isn’t ideal and neither is slaving away for hours on a single meal. It may happen from time to time but I try to keep that to a minimum. I like quick and easy this time of year. Some are obviously far easier and quicker than others. This makes for a perfect lunch, snack or dinner and takes only 15 minutes max including prep time!

Do english muffin pizzas remind you of your childhood? They sure do for me. I don’t think we had them a lot but it’s a memory of mine. It is and was fun for us to create our own masterpieces. These can be kept super simple as a basic cheese variety or totally dressed up to the works with your absolute favorite toppings.

I’m not opposed at all to an occasional cheater meal. You could go to the effort of making your own english muffins and someday I hope to BUT this was not the day. Whenever that day happens, I’ll share my adventure with you but for now pick up some quick ready to use products and slap these suckers together.

English Muffin Pizzas

Ingredients:

English muffins
pizza sauce
shredded cheese
favorite toppings (pepperoni, bacon, veggies etc)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

My only absolute must with this recipe - do not under any circumstance cheat by using a knife to slice your English muffins open! Use a long fork, poke it through the side working your way around until you've pop that baby open. I find this method helps give a more rustic look to the final appearance as well as not disturbing those precious 'nooks and crannies' too much.

Start off with sauce on each divided muffin. Or don't... I don't but that's just me. I hate sauce. Unless it's barbeque sauce or maybe alfredo, but I've yet to use alfredo on a pizza. If using sauce, use a spoon to spread it around the muffin halve.

Sprinkle with a small portion of cheese. Don't go too crazy. You want it to melt but not bubble over and burn to your pan.

Top off with your desired pizza toppings. Use more than you think you may need. It will spread out as the cheese melts. A tip for pepperoni or large items: cut down into smaller pieces. Of course that's totally optional but I found it worked great to have a nice even distribution of toppings.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are getting crispy. Cool slightly before eating.


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39 Responses to “English Muffin Pizzas”

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    Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook — June 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    This post brings back memories of my child hood! When my sister and I would get home from school, we would make these. Sometimes on English Muffins. Sometimes on Bagel Bites.

    They are quick to make and so delicious. Thanks for the blast of nostalgia Rachel :)

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    Cookin' Canuck — June 9, 2011 at 9:54 am

    I love to make English muffin pizzas for a fun weekend lunch for my kids. These look so good.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — June 9, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Oh yes we are not strangers to these in our house! Yum! You are right that it is the perfect summertime quick fix. :)

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    Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray — June 9, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Oh my gosh. Totally brings me back! My mom used to always make these when we were younger. I’m going to have to remember this one for when my little one gets a bit older.

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    Kristina — June 9, 2011 at 10:14 am

    yep – reminds me of childhood also! :) I want to go get the ingredients and make these today… thank you for sharing!

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    marla — June 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I love English muffin pizza – the perfect sized hand held meal!

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    marla — June 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

    By the way….you should enter these in the Get Grillin’ appetizers event I have going on, super cool prize from Rouxbe online cooking school :)

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    Elle — June 9, 2011 at 10:32 am

    My m om used to make these all the time for us! My kids are much too sophisticated for an english muffin, though. They want pita pizzas, haha!

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    Kate@Diethood — June 9, 2011 at 11:13 am

    I absolutely LOVE muffin pizzas! I make them often with ham and mushrooms. :D

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    Charissa — June 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

    You are brilliant! I have never thought of that!

    Thanks for add on Food Buzz! I love meeting other foodies who blog and love food just as much as me

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    I wish I had a toaster at work so I could make these as a snack:-)

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    Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels — June 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I LOVE english muffin pizzas and haven’t had them in a while. I so need to make them now. Yours look really good. :)

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    Cassie of Bake Your Day — June 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Oh goodness, these take me way back! These were my snack of choice all the way through college, love them!

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    Christine — June 9, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    It’s been a long time since I have eaten English muffin pizza. They make a great lunch or a after school snack.

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — June 10, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Yum!! Oh my goodness, do those ever remind me of my childhood. And you know what? I’ve never made them for my kids! That needs to be fixed and fast. Thank you so much for the reminder :D
    Oh and bbq sauce on pizza is the best. Mmmm!

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    Angela — June 10, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Great flashback. My sisters and I made these after school when Mom wasn’t around but we used Kraft singles and for sauce we mixed a little dried oregano into ketchup … they were delicious. We even set up a stand and sold them once. Thank you.

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    tia @ buttercreambarbie — June 10, 2011 at 2:21 am

    thx for reminding me of these!

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    briarrose — June 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Love these. Such a fun, quick meal.

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — June 10, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    A definite flashback – but I make them often. They’re too easy not to! My daughter loves them.

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    Robyn — June 10, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I haven’t had english muffin pizzas in probably years, but we just made them for dinner a couple of weeks ago. I loved them as a kid and still love them now!

    I can’t decide which method I like better: toasting them in the toaster, then adding the toppings and broiling until the cheese bubbles, or baking them just like you have described. I go back and forth.

    Just added you as a friend on Food Buzz. Love your blog!

    • Rachel — June 11th, 2011 @ 9:20 am

      If I had a toaster oven I would totally make use of it for something like this. It might even make the process that much quicker, if that’s even possible. :)

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    rebecca — June 10, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    oh these are cute :-) would be fun to make with little ones too

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    Annie — June 12, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I haven’t made english muffin pizzas in such a long time! Thanks for the reminder. I also love how you can make these really healthy too by using whole wheat muffins and veggies as toppings.

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    Christi @ Love From The Oven — June 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

    These look great! I had totally forgotten about the wonderful little pizzas one could make with these. Thank you so much for reminding me – this will be a great solution when my daughter wants to make pizza, and mama is lacking dough from Trader Joe’s or the motivation to whip some up from scratch.

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    Katherine — June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Just to echo what everyone else has already said – these totally bring me back! Growing up my dad made fabulous dinner from scratch every night so believe it or not things like tv dinners were a total treat for us. And make your own English muffin pizza night was particularly special. (My mom, who’s originally from California, would occasionally offer her version on tortillas.)

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    Jill Colonna — June 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    What a lovely idea. This is brilliant for the kids. We love muffins and pizza is just the top :-)

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking — June 13, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I love eating these on quick dinner days! :)

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    Nyx — June 14, 2011 at 3:05 am

    So simple, and yet, so delicious! Also, in search for ingredients, I discovered that they now make little mini pepperonis, which were a perfect touch. Thanks for reminding me of this delicious treat!

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    sarah — June 16, 2011 at 1:33 am

    I ate these all the time as a kid! Ahhh memories! Thanks for sharing!

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    BestOodles — June 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Great little pizza, fast and easy, what’s not to like! Great for snack as well as breakfast. Great ideas Rachel. I have grated cheese and I could use them in this.

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    The Minister — July 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Ma dukes use to make this ish all the time! Best thing since delivery!

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    DawnK — August 15, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    I haven’t made these in forever, but we have veggies and chicken that would work nicely for toppings, so we are making them tomorrow. I was just looking for guidelines for baking. I can’t wait now.

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    DawnK — August 16, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Our English muffin pizzas were delicious with chicken, veggies, pizza sauce and a mixture of mozzarella and Asiago cheese!

    • Rachel — August 17th, 2012 @ 9:25 am

      So glad you enjoyed them! They’re such a fun and quick meal.

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    Curtis Stotlar — January 30, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Two hints. Put a few drops of olive oil on the halves before adding the toppings. They will crisp up the bottoms. Also, if you use pepperoni, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese of the slices to soak up the grease. The taste is great too!

    Curtis Stotlar

    • Rachel — January 30th, 2013 @ 6:58 pm

      Thanks for the ideas :)

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    Debra B — November 5, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Made these with my daughter in 1993, when she was almost twelve years old. Will be making again this Friday night (11-8-2013) with my granddaughters for the twelve year old’s slumber/birthday party!! Brings back great memories!!

    • Rachel — November 5th, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      Enjoy!! :)

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