English Muffin Pizzas Three Ways

There’s something so comforting to me about an English muffin. Maybe it’s all of the nooks and crannies that make it a perfect vessel to soak up butter or sauce, or maybe it’s the fact that they are a blank canvas and ready to take on any of the flavors they are paired with. In an odd way, they’re like the chicken breasts of bread. Leave it to me to compare an English muffin to a piece of chicken…. but I think it may have just happened!

One of my favorite ways to enjoy one of these muffins is pizza style - add some sauce, cheese and any extra toppings that are on hand and you’ve got yourself a healthier pizza meal that can satisfy both kids and kids at heart alike.

While there are many tomato sauces on the market to pour onto your homemade pizzas, I’ve quickly realized they are NOT all created equally.

It’s really important to me that a sauce contains a high nutrition content and is low in added sugars - otherwise, it’s clear “ingredients” are added in just to serve as fillers which reduce the quality of the sauce.

I recently discovered Otamot, a vitamin-rich tomato sauce that’s great for healthy, kid friendly meals, and boasts extra nutrition for all! It was a really attractive option for me because it’s packed with vitamins and minerals from ten healthy veggies and oils, and isn’t watered down or drenched in added sugars. And it actually tastes SO GOOD that you’d never know how many vegetables are hidden in there. If you’re wondering what the name means - it’s TOMATO spelled backwards!  Everyone knows I love a good play on words, so this is right up my ALLI if you catch my drift! :) 

To all the parents out there looking for ways to sneak in some extra nutrition without your little ones or picky eaters knowing - THIS IS IT! And I’ve got you covered with a recipe that is kid-friendly, delicious, and won’t leave them suspicious about all the goodness packed in there.

Enter…my English Muffin Pizzas! I made them three ways, so that you can feed any palate. If you’re searching for a more complex flavor, you’ll love the caramelized onion, arugula and prosciutto pizza. If you’re picky, you’ll enjoy the plain or pepperoni pizza!

Ingredients:

  • English muffins, split into halves

  • Otamot tomato sauce

  • Shredded mozzarella cheese

  • Pepperoni slices

  • A large handful of arugula

  • 1/2 of a small onion, sliced thinly

  • Thinly sliced prosciutto

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • Salt to taste

  • Optional: Dried oregano & crushed red pepper

Directions for Plain Pizza English Muffins:

  1. Spread the muffins on a sheet tray, with the middle facing upwards. If frozen, defrost before this step.

  2. On each half, spread 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce.

  3. Add a few large pinches of cheese onto each half, until it covers the sauce.

  4. Place into a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese melts!

Directions for Pepperoni Pizza English Muffins:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above.

  2. Add a few slices of pepperoni on top of the cheese.

  3. Place into a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese melts!

Directions for Caramelized Onion, Arugula & Prosciutto Pizza English Muffins:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 for the plain pizza muffins.

  2. In a small saucepan on medium heat, add a few tablespoons of olive oil and some thinly sliced onions with a sprinkle of salt. Continue to sauté until onions brown, but not burnt. Turn off the heat and add in a large handful of arugula. Toss together until arugula is slightly wilted.

  3. Lay a slice of prosciutto on top of the cheese. Cover that with some of the arugula and onion mixture.

  4. Place into a preheated 350 degree oven until cheese melts!

This recipe is brought to you by Otamot. Learn more about their sauce here: https://www.otamotfoods.com.