English muffin pizzas are an easy, kid-friendly recipe that kids can help make. Serve them with your favorite pizza toppings and kids will gobble them up! Make this a healthy pizza recipe by subbing in whole wheat muffins and hidden veggie sauce to make a healthy snack picky eaters would love. This is one easy meal you can make on a whim and know for sure no one will argue!
Growing up, I had this little Polly Pocket cookbook for kids.
I adored it – I’m pretty sure I made every recipe in it at least 3 or 4 times. Each recipe was accompanied by a cute story about the Polly Pocket Characters and a simple, kid-friendly recipe to make with mom and dad.
Anyway, that cookbook was my FAVORITE. I’m pretty sure it is a huge reason why I love cooking and why I choose to cook with my kids so often.
Kids cookbook turned favorite recipe
One of the recipes in this little pink Step-into-Reading book was for English Muffin Pizzas. My brother and I immediately fell in love with them and asked to make them regularly. Partially because they were awesome and partially because we just loved pizza a lot.
The best part about these is that the very basic version uses things you already have at home (probably):
- English muffins
- Tomato sauce (I like using hidden veggie spaghetti sauce.)
Boom – you’ve got yourself a little personal pizza a preschooler can make.
But if you’re looking for a seriously quality English Muffin Pizza, you’re going to have to put a little more thought and effort into it. This brings us to today’s post.
If you’ve ever made an English muffin pizza on a whim, chances are you were disappointed.
Which brings us to the ultimate question for anyone who has made an English muffin before:
How do you make English muffin pizzas not soggy?
The key lies in the prep and the sauce.
- First, you absolutely need to toast your muffin slowly. This will dry the muffin a bit more and make it less likely to get soggy. Because the muffin has all of those signature “nooks and crannies”, there is just so much room for the sauce to go and make soggy.
- Second, you need a thick sauce. Pizza sauce is what you really want, but if you only have jarred sauce or spaghetti sauce, just add it to a pan for a bit and cook it down to remove some liquid – that liquid is going to make your pizza soggy.
Another option is to take a small can of tomato paste and a can of tomato sauce – 15 oz will do – and mix them together. Not the most sophisticated, but it will be thick and tomato-y to avoid sogginesss.
Those are really your two keys to making a killer mini pizza. Once you have a thick sauce and a crunchy muffin, you’ll just need to make sure you don’t put on too much sauce.
I aim for about 1.5 tablespoons of sauce per muffin half.
This is the final crucial part of English muffin pizzas not getting soggy. You can have thick sauce and a delightfully toasted muffin, but if you glop on the sauce it will be sure to get soggy.
The only remaining reason an English muffin might get soggy is if you let it sit too long. This is why I recommend eating them soon after they get out of the oven.
English Muffin pizza toppings
Once you’ve got your killer base of muffin, sauce, and cheese, you can get creative with toppings!
My boys really just like pepperoni or cheese. It is what it is, and while I occasionally try to toss a veggie onto there, I usually stick to what works.
If your kids are a bit more adventurous than mine, you can add really any kind of topping. I wouldn’t add too much – 2 tablespoons of cheese and 1.5-2 tablespoons of toppings seems to be the sweet spot in my opinion.
Here are some ideas of toppings you can use. Make sure everything you use is on the small side, especially if you want it to cook a bit.
- Ground, cooked sausage
- Chopped pepper
- Chopped onion
- Extra Parmesan cheese
How to make English Muffin Pizzas
Okay, so let’s get to the real nitty gritty- how to make the perfect English muffin pizza.
It’s a really simple process, but if you do it just right, you’ll have amazing results.
First, preheat your over to 450.
Next, separate your muffin with the tines of a fork, and lay on a cookie sheet. Pop in the oven to toast, about 3 minutes or until your muffin feel dry but isn’t showing any golden toasting. If you go too far, it’s not the end of the world, though.
Meanwhile, get your sauce, cheese, and toppings out.
Cheese on a pizza is always better if you grate it by hand. The anti-caking agent they add to pre-shredded cheese doesn’t melt as well, but bagged will work if you’re in a pinch. I always choose mozzarella if I’m grating myself or 4-cheese blend if I’m going bagged.
For your toppings, chop them pretty fine if possible. The pizzas won’t be in the oven that long. If you’re adding something like onion or garlic and hoping the oven will take the bite off, they need to be very small. This also ensures that the toppings will be evenly dispersed.
When your muffins are toasted, make an assembly line of sauce, cheese, and toppings to help the process along.
- First, spread 1.5-2 tablespoons on your muffin evenly, coating the whole cut side of the muffin with sauce.
- Next, add 2-3 tablespoons of cheese of your choice. I like mozzarella.
- Last, add 1.5-2 tablespoons of toppings. If desired, add a dash of dried oregano and some fresh Parmesan cheese on top.
Add to the oven and bake for 5-6 minutes or until your cheese is melted and bubbly.
Serve your perfect English Muffin Pizzas immediately!
Perfect English Muffin Pizzas
These mini pizzas are so easy, even a kid would make them! Super customizable to what your family enjoys, these simple, kid friendly pizzas make a fun lunch, snack, or even dinner!
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Perfect English Muffin Pizzas
English muffin pizzas are an easy, kid friendly recipe that kids can help make. Serve them with your favorite pizza toppings and kids will gobble them up!
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- 1/4 shredded cheese or more
- 1/4 cup toppings of choice
- 1 English muffin
Preheat oven to 450.
Separate English muffins and lay on a baking sheet. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until just lightly browned.
Remove from over and add half the sauce to each half of the muffin before adding the cheese and toppings.
Return to the over for 5-6 minutes or until melty and bubbly.
Allow to cool a minute or two and enjoy!
Okay, so tell me – did you have a book you ADORED as a kid? I’m seriously thinking of buying that cookbook off of ebay!
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