English Muffin mini pizzas are not only easy to make but also incredibly easy to customize to your favorite pizza flavors. You can make this English muffins pizza recipe with a handful of simple ingredients so everyone has a personalized pizza. English muffin pizzas are a great snack, appetizer, or a quick meal.
English Muffin Pizza Recipe
I have been making english muffin pizza since I was a teen, and I first introduced them to my kids when my kids were little and they loved them. They have been a go to in our house for years for lunches, snacks, and quick dinners.
My kids love it when I tell them for dinner we are having English Muffin Mini pizzas. I cut up can customize their own with the toppings they love.
The great thing about this mini pizza recipe is that the prep time is short. You can have the kids do all the prep work for their own pizzas and then you just put them in the oven to bake.
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What is English Muffin Pizza?
English Muffin Pizza is a quick and easy alternative to traditional pizza, where English muffins serve as the pizza crust.
This English muffin pizza recipe is a convenient and easy way to make individual-sized pizzas. English muffin pizzas are often a favorite among kids and adults alike, as they allow for everyone to personalize their pizza and pick their toppings.
What is an English Muffin?
An English muffin is a small, round, and typically flat yeast-leavened bread that is often sliced horizontally and toasted. Unlike traditional muffins, English muffins are not sweet, and they have a firmer texture. They are commonly served as a breakfast item but are also used in various savory and sweet dishes, making them a versatile bread option. English muffins are known for their nooks and crannies, which make them perfect to use when making mini pizzas.
What are some Side Dishes to Serve with Pizza?
There are plenty of delicious side dishes that pair well with pizza. Here are some popular options:
- Garlic Bread or Breadsticks: A classic choice that complements the flavors of pizza. You can also add cheese or herbs for extra flavor.
- Salad: A fresh salad can balance out the richness of pizza. Choose a simple salad like Olive Garden Salad or a Caesar salad.
- Mozzarella Sticks: These gooey and crispy sticks of cheese are a favorite among many and make for a great finger food. On nights when I want quick and easy I skip making homemade and make air fryer mozzarella sticks.
- Stuffed Jalapeños or Peppers: Spicy and savory stuffed peppers can add a kick to your meal.
- Chicken Wings: Whether they’re buffalo, barbecue, or another flavor, chicken wings are a popular choice for a side dish.
- Caprese Salad: Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil drizzled with balsamic glaze make for a light and refreshing side.
- Pasta Salad:A cold pasta salad with vegetables and Italian dressing can be a refreshing addition.
- Grilled Vegetables: Roasted or grilled vegetables such as zucchini, bell peppers, or eggplant can provide a healthy and flavorful side.
- Soup: A warm soup, like minestrone or tomato basil, can be a comforting choice.
Variations of this Recipe
There are many ways to customize the mini pizza made with English muffins.
Change up the sauce. Instead of using a red pizza sauce, you can use alfredo sauce or pesto.
Change up the cheese. Instead of traditional mozzarella cheese try using different flavors of cheese including cheddar cheese, and parmesan cheese when sticking to classic pizza flavors.
Change up the toppings. Use your favorite pizza toppings, and use different ones every time you make pizza. Some of our go-to pizza toppings are pepperoni slices, olives, mushrooms, bell peppers, sausage crumbles, black olives, ham, cooked chicken, cooked bacon, onions, pineapple, spinach, and diced tomatoes.
How to Store Leftovers
Allow the English muffin pizzas to cool to room temperature before storing them. This helps prevent condensation inside the storage container.
Wrap each pizza or place them in an airtight container. You can use plastic wrap, aluminum foil, or reusable food storage containers.
Store the wrapped or containerized English muffin pizzas in the refrigerator. They can typically be stored for up to 2-3 days.
Can I freeze English Muffin Pizza?
Yes, you can freeze English muffin pizzas for later use. Freezing is a convenient way to extend the shelf life of your homemade pizzas and have a quick meal or snack on hand whenever you need it.
Allow the English muffin pizzas to cool completely after baking.
Wrap each English muffin pizza tightly with plastic wrap.
Place the wrapped English muffin pizzas in an airtight container or a resealable freezer bag.
How to Reheat Leftovers
Oven or Toaster Oven. (Works for cold or Frozen)
- Preheat your oven or toaster oven to around 375°F (190°C).
- Place the leftover English muffin pizzas directly on the oven rack or a baking sheet.
- Reheat for about 8-10 minutes if they were stored in the fridge and 10-15 if they were frozen, until the cheese is melted, and the crust is crispy.
Microwave (for a quicker option).
- If you’re short on time, you can use the microwave.
- Place a microwave-safe plate in the microwave and arrange the leftover pizzas.
- Heat in 20-30 second intervals until warmed through.
Skillet (for a crispier crust).
- Heat a skillet over medium heat.
- Place the English muffin pizza slices in the skillet and cover with a lid.
- Heat for a few minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.
Alternative Cooking Methods
While we prefer to cook this English muffin pizza recipe in the oven there are other ways to cook them.
Toaster Oven. Preheat your toaster oven to around 375°F. If your toaster oven has a baking tray or rack, place it inside. If not, you can use a small oven-safe tray or line the toaster oven rack with aluminum foil for easy cleanup. Place the assembled English muffin pizzas on the toaster oven tray, leaving some space between each pizza for even cooking. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, and the crust is golden brown.
Air Fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 375°F for a few minutes. If your air fryer has a basket, lightly coat it with cooking spray or a small amount of oil to prevent sticking. Place the assembled English muffin pizzas in the air fryer basket. Place the basket in the preheated air fryer and cook the English muffin pizzas for about 5-7 minutes.
English Muffin Pizza Ideas
BBQ Chicken Pizza
- BBQ sauce
- Cooked and shredded chicken
- Red onion slices
- Tomato Pizza sauce
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Ham or Canadian bacon
- Pineapple chunks
Buffalo Chicken Pizza
- Buffalo sauce
- Cooked and shredded chicken
- Blue cheese crumbles or homemade blue cheese dressing
- mozzarella cheese
- Pesto or balsamic glaze drizzle
- Sliced mozzarella cheese
- Grape tomatoes, halved
- Balsamic reduction drizzle
How to Make English Muffin Pizza have crispy bottoms
If you want to have a crispy crust on your english muffin pizza, put them in the toaster for 1 minute to crisp up the bottom before adding the sauce and toppings.
How much sauce should I use?
Use about 1-2 tablespoons of pizza sauce per English muffin half, or adjust to your liking. Spread it evenly to the edges.
How much cheese should I use?
Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded mozzarella on top of the sauce. Use enough to cover the surface evenly for a gooey and cheesy result.
English Muffin Pizza Recipe Ingredients
English muffins. The base of the mini pizza is a half side of an English muffin. You can use white english muffins or whole wheat english muffins with this recipe.
Pizza Sauce or Tomato sauce. You can use jarred sauce from the store or homemade pizza sauce. Whether you opt for a homemade marinara or your favorite store-bought pizza sauce, the key is to spread it generously across your English muffin.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese. What’s a pizza without a gooey layer of melted cheese? The cheese is an important part of the pizza recipe. Be sure to sprinkle a generous amount on top of your mini pizzas.
Toppings of choice. Use whatever toppings that you love.
How to Make English Muffin Pizza
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray with non stick cooking spray.
Split each English muffin in half and place each of the English muffin halves inside facing up on the baking sheet.
Spread the pizza sauce on top of each half of the English muffins.
Sprinkle the cheese on top of the pizza sauce.
Top with any toppings that you want.
Bake in the oven at 400F for 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
Kid Friendly Recipes
English Muffin Pizza Recipe
- 6 English muffins
- 15 ounces Pizza sauce
- 8 ounces shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- toppings of choice
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or spray with non stick cooking spray.
- Split each English muffin in half and place each of the english muffin halves inside facing up on the baking sheet.
- Spread the pizza sauce on top of each half of the English muffins.
- Sprinkle the cheese on top of the pizza sauce.
- Top with any toppings that you want.
- Bake in the oven at 400F for 8-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
1 Muffin with 2 tablespoons sauce, and 1/8 cup mozzarella cheese, 3 turkey pepperoni slices = 1 serving
5 SmartPoints on Weight Watchers FreeStyle. You can add turkey pepperoni, olives, ham, onions, bell pepper, or any other toppings you prefer, just make sure to count points if you are using Weight Watchers.