Sunday, October 3, 2010

English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas

Mornings around my house are hectic.  Typically my husband is just getting home from work and the rest of us are blow drying, dressing, searching for matching socks, and looking for the homework that was supposed to be put in the backpack last night, before rushing out the door.  Somehow sleep feels so much better than the idea of getting up just a little bit earlier so we would all have time for breakfast.  Until this year I didn't worry too much about breakfast.  My older two ate breakfast at school and the youngest at daycare.  But this year the kids just aren't as thrilled with school breakfast, nor am I after I heard some of the things they get to choose from.  So I am making an effort to have portable breakfast options available; maybe this way we can all eat something hot, and homemade for breakfast each morning.  Until now, we have been eating breakfast burritos because they are super easy to transport in a backpack and waffles heated up in the toaster oven (on the rare occasion we have time to eat at home.)  But, then I found this idea at Our Best Bites and thought it was a great alternative to the burritos.

Easy to make ahead of time and easy to re-heat these little babies are not your typical breakfast sandwich.  No siree!  Instead of putting everything together between two pieces of bread, it is served pizza style.  The muffins are soaked in egg first, French toast style, and then topped with your favorite toppings.  After baking, just wrap them up place in the freezer until you are ready to eat.  I find the oven is best for re-heating but the microwave will do in a pinch as well!  Try these and enjoy a hot homemade breakfast :)
English Muffin Breakfast Pizzas

RecipeSource: Our Best Bites

6 whole wheat English muffins at room temperature
4 eggs, at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
About 10 dashes Tabasco sauce
Your favorite breakfast meat, cooked (ham, bacon, sausage, chorizo etc.)
3/4-1 c. shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese
Optional: Chopped vegetables like green onions, tomatoes, sliced olives, mushrooms, green peppers, etc.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray liberally with non-stick cooking spray or brush with oil or melted butter. Set aside.

In a pie plate, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and Tabasco sauce. Gently pull apart each English muffin and soak each side (like you would for French toast) in the egg mixture--you want the egg mixture to soak into the bread, but you don't want the English muffin to be completely falling apart. Place the muffin, cut side up, on the baking sheet.

If using ham, slice the ham into thin strips and then place on top of the English muffins. If using bacon, just sprinkle the crumbled bacon on top. Add any additional desired toppings and then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Bake for 15 minutes and serve immediately.

FREEZER INSTRUCTIONS: After baking, loosen them from the baking sheet with a spatula and then allow them to cool completely. Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer. When the pizzas are solid, transfer them to a large Ziploc freezer bag. To reheat, place on a plate and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes at a time until the pizza is heated through (actual time will depend on how powerful your microwave is).

Total Cost- Will Vary depending on your topping choice-mine were about $5.00 to make with bulk sausage and bacon.
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  1. Great idea! We need to start some sort of cooking club where we get together and make a weeks/months(?) worth of meals that we can stick in the freezer. I have been wanting to do that on my own but don't even know where to start.

  2. Michelle you just make up a list of recipes you want to have in the freezer and I will come over and help you. I have to freeze in bigger batches than your family does, but we might be able to figure out a method that works and start a Once a Month Cooking group.

  3. I know the logistics of a cooking group may be a nihtmare. Finding recipe's is on my list of things to do!

  4. ooh these sound so good!! Pretty easy too! Can't wait to try them :)

  5. Megan they are great to have! I love them hot out of the oven, but even re-heated they are wonderful!