Aug
5
2008

How Do You Top Your Little Pizzas?

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Back in 2005, I lucked out and won the Bays English Muffin Pizza Pronto Recipe Contest for a BBQ Ranch Chicken Pizza. I scored a nice little Gift Card to William Sonoma and was a very happy girl. Since then, I love to pick up a bag of their Whole Wheat Muffins at the grocery store and create all kinds of yummy little pizzas for dinner, I mean your options are endless. The kids love the size and love to top their own. It’s no surprise they prefer pepperoni and cheese, but today I’ve featured some of MY favorite ways to top my pizza, take a peek.

This is a must try. Creamy, sweet and delicious!

Fig, Brie and Basil Pizza

Lightly toasted whole wheat English Muffins, split
Thin slices of brie cheese
Tablespoons of Fig Preserves
Fresh basil leaves, chopped or left whole

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place toasted muffins onto a baking sheet. Top evenly with brie cheese. Spoon a heaping Tablespoon of Fig preserves onto each pizza. Bake for 6-9 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp. Top with basil.

This one will surprise you, my husband went nuts for this combo. The zucchini is perfectly seasoned with garlic and cilantro. It’s really good with the pizza sauce, but even better with crumbled goat cheese layering the bottom as in this first picture if you are a goat cheese fan. Your choice, either way, YUM! My 3 year old gobbled it up too.

I LOVED the fresh fig, prosciutto and gorgonzola pizza too. Not my husband or kid’s thing, but if you like all those flavors, it’s a real treat. Thank you for the person who told me about the fresh figs at my Costco, I picked some up. The caramelized onion and fennel pizza was my husband’s favorite along with the zucchini one. Hope you’ll all enjoy, they are so easy!

Cilantro and Garlic Zucchini Pizza

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium zucchini
1 medium yellow squash
2 cloves garlic, minced
Pinch of kosher salt and black pepper
¼ Cup finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Lightly toasted whole wheat English Muffins, split
*Pizza sauce (see recipe below)
Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. When hot, add zucchini and squash. Cook and stir for 3 minutes then stir in garlic and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for another minute then stir in cilantro leaves. Reduce heat to low.

2. Place lightly toasted English muffins onto a baking sheet. Spoon pizza sauce (or crumbled goat cheese as in first picture), over each muffin then top with a spoonful of cooked zucchini. Top with shredded cheese and bake for 6-9 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is crisp.

Prosciutto, Fig and Gorgonzola Pizza

Lightly toasted whole wheat English Muffins, split
Thin slices of prosciutto
Fresh figs, thinly sliced
Crumbled Gorgonzola

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place toasted muffins onto a baking sheet. Top evenly with a slice of prosciutto, fresh fig slices then gorgonzola. Bake for 6-9 minutes, or until cheese is slightly melted and crust is crisp.

Caramelized Onion and Fennel Cheese Pizza

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium bulb of fennel, thinly sliced
1 medium white onion, thinly sliced
Pinch of sugar
Lightly toasted whole wheat English Muffins, split
*Pizza Sauce (see recipe below)
Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. When hot, stir in fennel, onion and pinch of sugar. Stir for 5 minutes, until vegetables have slightly softened. Reduce heat to medium low and let caramelize (turn golden in color), takes about 15 minutes. Stir frequently.

2. Place toasted muffins onto a baking sheet. Spoon pizza sauce over each muffin, then top with a spoonful of caramelized onion and fennel. Top with shredded cheese and bake for 6-9 minutes, or until cheese is slightly melted and crust is crisp.

Quick and Easy Homemade Pizza Sauce

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 14 oz can Muir Glen Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes (put the undrained can in food processor and pulse until nearly smooth, still a little chunky)
Pinch of kosher salt and black pepper
¼ Cup fresh basil leaves finely chopped (or ½ teaspoon dried basil will do)
1 teaspoon fresh oregano finely chopped (or ¼ teaspoon dried)

1. Heat oil into a medium saucepan over medium heat. When hot sauté garlic for 1 minute then stir in fire roasted tomatoes (that have been pulsed in food processor until nearly smooth). Season with a pinch of salt and pepper to your liking. Stir in fresh basil leaves and oregano. Simmer on low until ready to use.

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Here are my cutie pies just as we were heading to the first day of school. Everything turned out great. Phew, no problems buying his first lunch. I asked what he bought, “chicken tenders, tater tots and chocolate milk,” what more could a kid want!

Thanks to Stephanie from Fun Foods on a Budget for another Brilliante Weblog Award! She’s got fabulous recipes on a budget, check her out!

Have a great Day and treat yourself to some mini pizzas! See you soon with something good, I haven’t made my mind up yet!


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  1. 1
    Prudy says:

    I did pizza yesterday and our sauces look really similar. Thanks for so many great pizza ideas. Your little boys look so darling going off to school. What big boys!

  2. 2
    Deanna says:

    What cuties you have! Love the pizza ideas. I am trying to make school lunch options. My boys head back this Thursday. Boo hoo!

  3. 3
    Aggie says:

    Oh my…I love love love pizza…it’s my weakness (I’ll pass up sweets any day for pizza lol!) All of yours look so good! I love the figs, my sister just gave me some so I am going to make something like yours!!

    They all look absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    Your boys are adorable!!

  4. 4
    Jeena says:

    Jenny I ADORE Brie Pizza!!!! And with basil and figs too….I almost licked the screen it looks that good! Your blog is just so lovely.

  5. 5
    Jenny says:

    Hi Prudy,
    Great minds think alike huh?!

    Hi Deanna,
    I know, summer went so quickly. It’s wierd having my little guy gone all day.

    Hi Aggie,
    I bought a big box of figs, so I’ll be making more fig recipes soon. They are so good!

  6. 6
    Patsyk says:

    Your pizzas look so yummy! It’s making me want to do pizzas one night next week for dinner.

    Your boys are adorable! My youngest starts kindergarten this year, too… but not until after Labor Day out here, so I still have time before I have to say good-bye to my “baby”.

  7. 7
    Amanda says:

    Those look really great…I think the carmelized onion pizza would be right up my alley!

    I have a request for you, (don’t know if you actually DO requests). The other day, as I was making a baked pasta dish in my crock pot,I was thinking about how much I love Hawaiian pizza. And then, I wondered if anyone has made a Hawaiian pizza style pasta dish? If they haven’t, I wondered if you might give it a go?

  8. 8
    Beth says:

    Love the sound of the fig and brie topping, but they all sound delicious!

  9. 9
    www.adorn-jewelry.blogspot.com says:

    what a great idea! my kids would love this!
    emily

  10. 10
    Jenny says:

    Hi Patsy,
    I don’t understand why AZ starts the kids so early for school. I wish we had a couple more weeks! Enjoy your time with you little one before school!

    Hi Amanda,
    Sounds like a fun challenge. I’ll give it a go soon.

    Thanks Beth!

    Thanks Emily,
    Hope your kids enjoy!

  11. 11
    My Sweet & Saucy says:

    These look SOOOO good! I love all the varieties!

  12. 12
    Mary Ann says:

    These all look wonderful. One of my favorites is pesto pizza with Italian seasoned chicken, zucchini, peppers and mushrooms. I have to try these!

  13. 13
    Jaime says:

    Sounds tasty! I grew up eating mini-pizzas using refrigerated biscuits for the crust. You just let the biscuits sit at room temperature long enough that they are pliable. Then you spread the crust out a bit to make a bigger bed for toppings! You can, again, use whatever sauce and toppings you like! And they are DELICIOUS! My picky husband loved them…not quite as healthy as an English muffin for the crust. I will DEFINITELY try that…the biscuit-style crust can be a bit sweet…

  14. 14
    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    These are really cool, and you can make a bunch different ones for the same meal, to fit everyones tastes! I don’t know witch one I would choose, maybe the procciuto one…

  15. 15
    Leslie says:

    I would love to pick your brain! You come up with the most wonderful flavor combinations! I am jealous of your creativity!
    Love all the pizzas!

  16. 16
    HoneyB says:

    They all look yummy to me! I love the photo of your boys ready to go to school! It seems like only yesterday I was taking those kind of photos!

  17. 17
    Katherine Aucoin says:

    Your pizza idea is awesome. Things are atarting to get busy with us since school will be starting soon and I’m going in 2 different directions for soccer. Your pizzas are making their way into my rotation.

  18. 18
    Donna says:

    Wow – you give me confidence to really go out there and try some crazy combinations. I would have never thought to combine those ingredients together for a pizza, but if your children gobble them down, then I’ve got to give them a try. THEY are the real taste testers.

  19. 19
    Leah says:

    Hey Jenny! Personally I would go crazy over the fig w/ gorgonzola pizza; I just love sweet and salty together! They all look incredible tho’ — my kiddos would love them I’m sure.

  20. 20
    Sara says:

    I love your mini pizzas! So quick and easy…and don’t forget the yummy part!!! I love the carmelized onion topped one.

  21. 21
    Deborah says:

    I just saw fresh figs at Costco over the weekend – the first time I’ve seen them here! I’m drooling over the 1st pizza with brie, but I’m pretty sure that’s on the “no” list for pregnancy. :( But I’ll have to try the little pizza idea – quick and easy!

  22. 22
    Anne says:

    Those look amazing! I love the flavor combos. I hope your boys have a great first week of school!

  23. 23
    Susan from Food Blogga says:

    I’ll take one of each please.

  24. 24
    Emiline says:

    I love all the mini pizzas! They look so good.
    I think my fav is the brie & fig one.

  25. 25
    Noor says:

    You are quiet the sneaky chef, lol. I will have to try these for myself they look so yummy.

    I love that wagon and I have been wanting the one like that with the top (that may be it). My husband thinks I am insane but hey I really need one like everything else, lol.

    And your boys are SO cute ahhh. They grow fast huh. You sure do not look like you have two boys this age.

  26. 26
    Zen Chef says:

    Great idea! I bet kids love it.. and i love it too. That brie/fig pizza looks delicious, like in really really good! :-)

  27. 27
    Kim A says:

    Can’t wait to see you guys tomorrow morning :D These little pizzas look heavenly! However, you only made like 12 variations of the pizzas and I would’ve liked to have seen at least 13…j/k!

  28. 28
    Katie's blog says:

    The kiddos are so cute. My littlest is starting school this year, and I am both ready and sad. Thanks for posting about them, they are darling!! Oh, and the pizzas look great too!

  29. 29
    Stephanie says:

    These look amazing. The fig one should win some kind of prize!

  30. 30
    hot garlic says:

    Oh my gosh, my Mom was the queen of the English Muffin pizza. By ‘Queen’ I mean she did it a lot, not that they were good or tasty. I swear she topped them off with spaghetti sauce. I was not a fan and took a solemn vow I would never feed my kids EMP’s.

    But with these delightful creations we could possibly lift the embargo. They all look absolutely mouthwatering! Some great ideas!

  31. 31
    Kevin says:

    It has been a while since I have made mini pizzas. Those certainly look good! Nice topping combos.

  32. 32
    Emily says:

    Mensch Jenny you certainly know how to dress up an english muffin! (I saw you on the best burger contest on food network the other day . . how cute are you! . . . great burger recipe too! A girl after my own heart!)

  33. 33
    EAT! says:

    English muffin pizzas were a staple in my house when I was growing up. Nothing as delicious looking as yours, but we still loved them. I’ll be using some of your ideas.

  34. 34
    Wills Kitchen says:

    Where to begin. After looking over you site there are so many yummy dishes to try not sure where to start first

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