17 October, 2011  |   Comment

English Muffin Pizza Recipe Nostalgia

That was a lovely weekend.
(Scroll down if you’re interested in my English Muffin Pizza recipe.)

A pumpkin carving party with our friend Anne.
The boys

We climbed on fire trucks at the local fire department’s open house.

We drank late night Old Fashioneds (pro tip: Sierra Mist instead of 7Up) on the porch with a beloved neighbor.

The children even went to bed without arguing.

Sisterly

Maybe it’s October, with its chilly orange comfort.
School in session, warmth inside.
I get nostalgic, thinking about school days and comfort food.

James’ number one nostalgic lunch food is English muffin pizzas. At Our Lady of Fatima, they had hot lunch once a week. Those lucky schoolkids either ate hamburgers from McDonalds (!) or English muffin pizzas every Wednesday.

Luckies.

It’s possible I’m nostalgic for a time I never even had. I always brought my lunch, envying the hot lunch kids.

That plop.
That satisfying plop of dense comfort food sliding off a long-handled spoon is music to me.

Now how does this relate to entertaining?

Lunch Lady food is one of our favorite bocce themes, and one of my favorite potluck ideas.
(I love this idea so much I even wrote an article about Lunch Lady Potlucks for Serious Eats.)

The next time friends are coming over for book club or pre-dinner drinks or an after-school nosh, make up some English muffin pizzas. Serve with Barbera or better yet, an IPA. And root beer.

Helen Jane’s English Muffin Pizza Recipe

Ingredients
6 English muffins, split
1 cup prepared pasta sauce or jarred pizza sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
16 slices pepperoni or 1/2 cup tiny cooked sausage balls
Mushrooms, onions, sun dried tomatoes, any toppings you please

If you are a BBQ chicken pizza heathen like me, collect such ingredients as your favorite barbecue sauce, cooked chicken, cilantro and red onion.

Directions
Preheat oven to 425°. Place English muffins cut side up on a baking sheet. Put baking sheet in preheated oven for 5 minutes to toast. Remove baking sheet from oven and spoon the tomato sauce (or BBQ sauce, heathen) on to each English muffin half. If you’re making the BBQ chicken English muffin pizza, add chicken and diced red onions.

Sprinkle roughly 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese on each English muffin half. Add any other toppings that you assembled.

Put baking sheet back in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and browned.
Let cool for a minute after you remove from the oven.

(For the BBQ chicken version, I like to add cilantro after pulling the pizzas from the oven. But I’ll let you decide.)


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