English Muffin Pizzas
Last week was supposed to be our spring break. I decided that we would call it “free week” and not worry about school or responsibilities. We slept late, baked lots of bread, and watched lots of movies. As we move into week two of social distancing, things will change. We will likely still sleep late, but my kids will have a few simple responsibilities.
I have spoken to home school groups about Feed Your Family Tonight and my 3 step process for weeknight family dinner success. The one thing I hear from home school moms is that dinner isn’t as big of a problem as lunch. Now that most of us with school age kids are “home school moms” I am beginning to understand.
English Muffin Pizzas make a quick and easy kid-friendly lunch. They come together in minutes making them a Manic Mom Meal. You can adapt to the ingredients in your house and can easily work around your picky eaters by letting each kid choose their own toppings. My kid like pepperoni, pineapple, black olives, and diced onion. The trick to making these pizzas crispy is to toast the English muffins under the broiler before adding toppings.
I am writing this recipe for 1 English Muffin. You can adjust the recipe for the number of muffins you need to feed your family.
**A note about clean up.** I highly recommend lining your pan with foil. Parchment paper burns under the high heat of the broiler and can even catch fire. (Ask me how I know.) Silicone baking mats are not recommended for high heat. That means using foil or scraping burnt cheese off your pans. I prefer to use foil.
English Muffin Pizzas
1 English Muffin, Split
2 Tablespoons Jarred Pasta Sauce
1/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1-2 Tablespoons of your favorite pizza toppings (optional)
Pre-heat oven to Broil.
On a foil-lined baking sheet, place split English Muffins cut-side up. Broil on upper middle rack until beginning to brown about 1-2 minutes. Whenever you are using the broiler it is important to stay close to the oven as they will burn quickly when left unattended.
Remove from oven and top each muffin half with 1 Tablespoon of sauce, 2 Tablespoons of cheese, and any other toppings you prefer.
Return pan to upper middle rack and broil until cheese is melted and beginning to brown, another 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven and serve.