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English Muffin Pizza

English Muffin Pizza

When I was young, 30 years ago or so, a mere hungry boy, rather than the hungry man I became, if you were to ask me what my favorite food was, I would have said pizza. Not a surprising answer for an 8 year old or an adult for that matter. If it was pizza in any way, shape or form I was a fan. Growing up, my family never got delivery pizza, my pizza sources were from out at one of the closest pizza places to home, a pizzeria called Tony’s pizza located in the nearby mall, school or homemade.

For about 5 years, Tony’s Pizza was the go to place if we wanted to go out and grab a quick dinner. Option B for a quick dinner was Friendly’s, which also was located at said shopping mall, but they did not have pizza, so they are a topic for another time.

I usually had lunch brought from home, but on the days they served pizza, I was ready with 85 cents in my pocket and hoping against hope that the pre-published menu for the month ahead was still accurate for that day and that they weren’t serving something like the Rib-B-Q sandwich or the dreaded hot turkey meal. If you ever saw that hot turkey meal, you would have really wanted a Rib-B-Q instead. My 8 year old self had an unexpected craving for the pizza they would serve at school, they were plain rectangles covered with “cheese” or “cheese” plus pepperoni, 2 lonely pepperoni staring back up at you wishing they had more company…

So how about that homemade pizza? For most all of the 1980’s, every other Sunday for dinner we would have English Muffin Pizza (the opposite Sunday was usually a roast or something that was infinitely less awesome than pizza). The dinner consisted of 12 English muffin halves split four ways so that we each had three pizzas. There was one really important thing that made the pizza even more delicious than it otherwise would have been, the sauce. My mom would only make the pizza with DelGrosso brand pizza sauce (their pepperoni flavor specifically). Why DelGrosso pizza sauce? Back in the 1970’s my parents lived up in State College, PA where my dad was attending Penn State for his masters and doctoral degrees. They had very little money to spend on stuff so when my mom first decided to make English muffin pizza, she chose the least expensive sauce available, DelGrosso. Likely they were the least expensive as they were a local Pennsylvania brand (and still are to this day). As it turned out, the sauce was delicious and it became the only sauce my mom would use, none of the others would taste as good. When my parents moved to Maryland in 1975, the pizza sauce was nowhere to be found in the local groceries, so my mom contacted the company to see if they would deliver sauce to individual people. Lo and behold they did so my parents would receive a case of 24 cans special ordered about once every 8-9 months to cure their sauce craving. If there was no sauce, there was no pizza, so if a Sunday rolled around and there was no sauce around because the shipment had not yet arrived or God forbid had not yet been ordered, then we would either go out to Tony’s(yay!) or have pot roast(boo!).

So let’s make English Muffin Pizza!

Split your muffins…

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Add the sauce…

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Add your pepperoni (some people choose to put their pepperoni on top, I prefer it hiding underneath the cheese)

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Now add the mozzarella cheese.

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Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cheese just barely begins to brown.

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Season to taste with Italian herbs and red pepper flakes and enjoy!

There is no need to get too complex with your preparations, even though they may make for an excellent finished product, we are aiming for a quick and easy but still delicious meal.

English Muffin Pizza
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 6 count package English muffins
  2. 1 package pepperoni
  3. 1 8 oz. (2 cup) package mozzarella cheese
  4. 1 14oz. jar pizza sauce
  5. Red pepper flakes (optional)
  6. Italian seasoning (optional)
Instructions
  1. Split your English muffins into 12 halves
  2. Add pizza sauce to the top of each muffin half and spread evenly on muffin surface
  3. Add 5-6 pepperoni slices to each muffin half
  4. Top each muffin half with mozzarella cheese
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees or until cheese just begins to turn golden brown
  6. Add red pepper flakes and Italian seasoning to taste
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