Poor Mans English Muffin Pizza Recipe

Friday, March 8, 2013
In a hurry? Have kids? On a budget? Well guess what you have the quickest dinner ever! When I was growing up, Mom called these poor mans pizza's, why? Because it was inexpensive, our parents were on a strick budget, mom didn't work and us kids loved it. Oh and by the way, the taste was fantastic, it's so easy to make and it didn't matter if you could cook or not! The kids can even make these! You will be a hero for sure! You can add their favorite toppings, they can be made in a toaster oven! If you keep a few ingredients on hand they're the perfect after school treat!

I have lots of suggestions below.

You will need to prepare the english muffins first before toppings:

English muffins should be split in half and then broiled until browned and crisp on top, watch closely not to burn.

When they are browned take them out and add your desired toppings. Brush each one with olive oil or butter then proceed with toppings below or your favorite combinations. Broil again with cheese on top, just until browned and bubbly.

Use sauce that is store bought or homemade and any of the ingredients suggestions and combinations below. Try to keep some of your favorite key ingredients on hand you like and a package of english muffins in the freezer for that quick throw together meal!

Make these to your family and friends tastes. Great for parties, picnics, pot lucks and appetizer for game day or any event. Let your creative juices flow and imagination for toppings.

Topping suggestions:

Olives, anchovies, pepperoni, mushrooms, peppers shredded mozzarella

Cooked steak, chopped peppers, mushroom slices and shredded provolone

Refried beans, cooked hamburger meat, salsa and shredded cheddar

Cooked chicken or leftover turkey, sliced mushrooms, drizzle olive oil, Marsala wine and shredded Mozzarella

Chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce mixed with oregano, parsley, fennel seeds, basil, minced garlic, mozzarella cheese

Cooked fresh or frozen chopped spinach, Ricotta, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, shredded mozzarella

Ricotta, prosciutto, minced garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese and shredded mozzarella

Sliced tomatoes, fresh basil, tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella

Chopped Peppers, onions, mushrooms, sausage, sauce shredded mozzarella

Mushroom slices, minced garlic, olive oil, butter, Italian flavored bread crumbs, drizzle of Marsala wine and shredded mozzarella cheese

Pepperoni, sauce, shredded mozzarella

Sausage cooked, mushrooms, peppers, olives, shredded mozzarella, parmesan cheese

Ham and crushed pineapple, shredded sharp cheddar cheese or provolone

Eggplant chopped thin, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, tomato sauce

Artichoke hearts canned chopped fine, tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan

Cooked chicken and buffalo sauce with blue cheese crumbles, blue cheese dressing and sharp

shredded cheddar cheese

Corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island dressing topped with swiss cheese

Black beans, corn, tomatoes, black olives, shredded sharp white cheese

Ground cooked hamburger, sauce, garlic powder, bacon bits, chopped peppers, onions and mushrooms topped with shredded cheddar cheddar cheese

Shrimps, scallops both small ones, sprinkle with melted butter, parsley, drizzled with white wine and topped with shredded Gruyere cheese

You can also make them as cold appetizers like these below:

Avocado, cucumber, chopped tomatoes, chopped green bell pepper, drizzle with Italian dressing and feta cheese this would be a cold appetizer not to be heated.

Spread with cream cheese add any fresh fruits or dried like figs,dates, raisins, coconut, cranberries etc. add some chopped nuts of choice.

Of course there's always Nutella and nothing else!

+claudia lamascolo Author


  1. I can remember my mom making these when I was a kid! I loved them because you could add your own toppings. Of course our toppings weren't as good as the list you provided.

  2. I really like English muffins, I really like pizza, I really like the make-you-own concept - I think I would have enjoyed being the kid next door and being invited to stay for lunch during a play break.

  3. Claudia, I saw this posted on Facebook and clicked right over. I too have fond childhood recollections of my mother making these. She even sent some with me to a weekend camping trip; premade wrapped in foil, stored in the ice chest and rewarmed over a campfire grate. Your list of suggestions is a treasure trove of topping ideas. Thank you for sharing them!

  4. I grew up making these. I'd have them at least once a week if not more. They were a favorite of mine. In those days we'd use the canned Chef-BoyRD pizza sauce then top with mozzarella cheese and bake or place under the broiler. Those were the good ole days.

  5. I thought my mom was brilliant when she made these for us. Thanks for the memories.

  6. When they kids were little and off from school - I always made these for a special lunch treat. They have grand memories of them. So fun to see them featured here.

  7. Since I just love English muffins and always have them on hand . . . plus I crave pizza at all time, then I know that this is a winner recipe for my crazy busy schedule and weekends when I need something quick and yummy!


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