English Muffin Pizzas

When Himself leaves town things change around the BRK. Since I am greatly out-numbered, children 3, adults 1, I prepare more “kid-friendly” meals than when Himself is around- although I think he would be happier with more kid-friendly foods. I am often asked how I get my own children to eat and I answer with, “You mean other than screaming and threats?” I try to make sure there is always something on the table that everyone likes. If the meal falls in the so-so category of kid-friendliness, then I am sure to have apple sauce, rice, or noodles on the table.

The other night I made English Muffin Pizzas, always a hit with the children but leaves me wanting more. I chose to introduce two sophisticated ingredients to this usually simpleton meal. Introducing new flavors in a typically favorite meal is a sneaky tactic and most times I do not get caught. When the ingredients are revealed the kids are surprised at liking the new-to-them-ingredients. I chose pancetta and smoked paprika to jazz up this meal without getting the “Oh yuck Mom.” The kids got one of their favorite meals and I got flavor satisfaction and six thumbs-up.

Adult Palate-Kid Approved English Muffin Pizzas
1 jar Pizza Sauce or 1 recipe Kelly’s Pizza Sauce– delicious
6 English muffins, split
12 slices pancetta
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
smoked paprika
pizza sprinkle like Penzeys Tuscan Sunset, oregano works well too

Place English muffin halves on a cookie sheet and spread with sauce, top with pancetta and cheese then sprinkle with smoked paprika and pizza sprinkle. Bake in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Makes 12 pizzas.

Oh another thing that goes on while Himself is away, the mice play. I have a very tenacious mouse that is impossible to catch. Almost. He did get trapped but got away. Now there is a one eyed, broken legged, almost bloodless mouse limping around my home which leads me to sleep with one eye opened trying to spy a mouse on revenge.


  1. the domestic mama
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    I can't believe I haven't done these yet! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. dawn
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:28 AM | Permalink

    yeah if there's pancetta on there of course anyone would devour it!

  3. Natalie
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    What great additions to the pizzas–I'll have to try that sometime! Now I want to get all creative with English Muffin pizzas…I'm thinking maybe some goat cheese and caramelized onions or something. yumm

  4. biz319
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    What a great way to kick up your pizzas – looks delicious!

    When my husband is out of town on business, we always have my daughters favorite meal – breakfast for dinner – my husband just can't do eggs or pancakes at dinner for some reason!

    Eeek – I am not sure I could sleep knowing the mouse might be limping around in my bedroom! You are a brave woman!

  5. Fallon
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 11:50 AM | Permalink

    Love making pizza using english muffins or even a bagel! It good that you try all types of foods with your kids and they actually enjoy it!

  6. Peter M
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 12:55 PM | Permalink

    Great option for snacks or quick hor's d'oeuvres. I'd probably have three.

  7. grace
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 12:58 PM | Permalink

    excellent–it certainly satisfies the kids while still stimulating your palate. win win. 🙂

  8. noble pig
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 1:39 PM | Permalink

    My kids love these too!

  9. Karen
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM | Permalink

    This looks so good with that melted cheese. I'm sure the smoked paprika really added to these pizzas… it's one of my favorite spices. Ohhh… mice… I've dealt with them before. Haven't seen any since we moved to MT.

  10. Jenn@slim-shoppin
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    Hope you find that mouse. That's why I have 3 cats! ha!

    I love your english muffin pizzas. I still cater to all my kids tastes. I know when I was growing up it was eat what's for dinner or eat nothing, but I feel bad if one of my kids go hungry, so I will still make something different if one of my kids doesn't like something, and this will do the trick!

  11. oneordinaryday
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM | Permalink

    English muffin pizzas were always our treat at my grandparents' house. When we ran out of those, we'd create little pizzas on Ritz crackers. 🙂

    A mouse, eh? You need some peanut butter to lure him into whatever trap you're using. (I'm going to imagine it's a kind one where he'll be released into a big green pasture, okay?) Or a cat!

  12. Sabrina
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

    The pizzaslook good. Yumm… smoked paprika.

    YUCK…mutilated mouse.

  13. pigpigscorner
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 5:55 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea using muffins! Great flavours.

  14. Pam
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 11:31 AM | Permalink

    Looks delicious and I will be trying it!

  15. DailyChef
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    I love pizza bagels but never though of doing pizza English muffins. I'm sure I'll love it though. Thanks for the idea!

  16. Janice
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 12:45 PM | Permalink

    If you want to step things up a bit in flavor,the combination that my kids like is chicken apple sausages (like Aidell's or Trader Joe's) with cheddar.


  17. Gregg
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    Pizza English muffins were the first food that I learned to make for myself, when I was about 13 years old. That is, unless you count microwaving hot dogs as cooking 🙂

  18. Sook
    Posted February 19, 2010 at 7:49 PM | Permalink

    What a great way to enjoy pizza flavors! Love how simple it is to make it. 🙂

  19. EAT!
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 9:58 AM | Permalink

    Love the Penzeys spice mixes!

  20. Mimi
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM | Permalink

    My kids love these little pizzas.

  21. Lori
    Posted February 22, 2010 at 10:15 PM | Permalink

    I love these kind of pizzas but my kids do not. I must try again- cause really ythey are so good!

  22. Ingrid
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:32 AM | Permalink

    Oh, my goodness NO! Seriously, I would have to move or leave until he was OUT as in dead out! My daughter would hate me but I don't care. I'm over here creeped out. EWWWWW!

    Sorry I can't passed the mouse thing but the pizzas looked good.

  23. JadeLD
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 4:47 AM | Permalink

    Hi there,
    I saw you over at Sandy's Reluctant Entertainer blog today and came for a look around. There's loads of recipes to choose from here, great blog! These pizza muffins look really tasty, good for film nights at home.

  24. Kelly
    Posted February 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

    Mmm.. Pizza. I love it on a bagel, on a crust, in a pita and on a muffin. Perfect meal or snack. I'm glad you liked the sauce! I wish I could take credit for it, but I found it at Our Best Bites. It's just the bestest.

    RE: the mouse. Eew. Fortunately, our cats would take care of it. Unfortunately, they like to play with them to death instead of getting it over quickly. Our problem is flying squirrels. They're a bit larger than mice and much cuter, but still a total pain to have around. We try to implement a catch and release program with them. I wonder how many have been repeat offenders. 😉

  25. Mary
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:26 AM | Permalink

    Oh I love these! And those look wonderful. Off to read your guest post now.

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