Friday, May 1, 2009

A Change of Plans

I've been gearing up to do a spaghetti and meatballs post but I've been momentarily distracted by these english muffin pizzas that my significant vegetarian made for me over the weekend. They are a childhood recipe and I think they are genius.  They can serve as a great leftover makeover and a fun activity with kids!

English Muffin Pizzas

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Take a whole wheat english muffin, split it in half and spread some of your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle some italian seasoning , garlic powder, rosemary and a little salt and pepper to taste. ( You can do this anytime you need to use jarred sauce.  It is a great way to enjoy the convenience of a jar while having it still taste homemade.  I won't tell anyone it's jarred if you don't.)  Then layer mozzarella and cheddar cheese on top of the sauce.  After that, let  your conscience be your guide.  I'm originally from New York and I've seen everything from barbecue chicken to baked ziti on a pizza.  So go crazy with  your favorite pizza toppings or experiment with new ones.   You have nothing to lose, it's just a little english muffin.  If you are having an eaters block look in your fridge to see what you have leftover.  I made a sausage and peppers pizza with the leftovers from the below post and it was very tasty.  Its a great way to give your leftovers a little makeover.
Put the little pizzas in the oven, preferably on a baking stone if you have one, if not just put them directly on the rack to get a nice crispy crust.  It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to cook but check on them every 5 minutes or so, that way the crust is browned exactly to your liking.  With all things that are not an exact science like this I defer to my significant vegetarian's favorite saying, "Take it out when it looks like you want to eat it."

My significant vegetarian and I have also tried shrimp pizza and a veggie lovers pizza with peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms and pineapple. 

To make this with kids I would recommend putting bowls of all sorts of different toppings they can choose from.  It will be a fun craft project that your kids can eat when they are done!


Mrs. McGhooder said...

This recipe is great! I tried it with my kids and they ate it pun intended.

Superchef said...

i did not just giggle..i really laughed out loud!! at first i thought someone was playing a prank at me!! :D:D

it is soo good that you found me and even better that we are in WA!! :)

Sophie said...

I grew up eating pizza like this, so good, always a tasty after school snack too :).