30 September 2016

Mini Margherita Muffin Pizzas with Jalapenos




Pizza! Mmmmmmm!

We love pizza, don't you?

Scientists have recently discovered why. They've come to the conclusion that we have a sixth sense, no not a spooky child who can see ghosts, but a sixth taste sense. One that explains our love for pizza.

Originally they thought we had four taste senses: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. In 2009 they added umami to the list, which is a strong savoury flavour and now they have added starchy as our sixth sense which explains our love of carbs.
Quick but delicious mini pizzas made on an English muffin base with simple margherita toppings and a kick from jalapenos. The jalapenos come from the new Baxters Deli Toppers range and the recipe is vegetarian and vegan. #GetTopping





Muffin pizzas are an old favourite in our house. Graham actually introduced them to me. They were a quick dish his mum would make and to get down to the crux of the matter, a dish Graham can confidently make on his own.

They are super quick to pull together. English muffins* cut in half and toasted,  topped with pizza sauce or tomato puree, mozzarella and whatever toppings you fancy, then grilled until the mozzarella (or dairy-free mozzarella) is melted and starting to turn golden.

I kept mine classic with a bit of bite. Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and basil. Classic, but as you can see I took my eye of them for a second, so they are a little charred at the edges, but still delicious.




The jalapenos I topped my mini pizzas with are from the new Deli Toppers range form Baxters. Jalapenos in vinegar with a delicious blend of spices. They have a great little kick and add a bite of flavour to pizza, nachos, wraps and toasties.


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Mini Margherita Muffin Pizzas with Jalapenos
Quick but delicious mini pizzas made on an English muffin base with simple margherita toppings and a kick from jalapenos.
Ingredients
  • 2 English muffins, sliced in half
  • 6 tbsp tomato puree (or pizza sauce)
  • 125g fresh mozzarella (or dairy-free), sliced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4-8 jalapenos
  • a grinding of black pepper
  • a few basil leaves
Instructions
1. Lightly toast both sides of the muffins.2. Top each muffin pizza base with tomato puree, then top with a layer of mozzarella.3. Add your toppings. I added a few cherry tomato halves and jalapenos. 4. Add a grinding of black pepper and you can add your basil now or save it to add fresh once the pizza is cooked.5. Pop back under the grill until the cheese has melted.6. Enjoy!
Details
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Yield: Makes 4 mini pizzas




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* For any of my American friends tuning in, don't be alarmed. English muffins are nothing like the cakey-goodness of American muffins. They are a smooth yeasted bake, somewhere between a roll (bun) and a crumpet. They have a wonderful warmth of flavour and are great toasted.


Disclosure: I created this recipe for Baxters. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

20 comments:

  1. What a great idea for a quick midweek dinner.... mmmmm gotta love those carbs ;)

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  2. These look so tasty Jacqueline! We make pizza muffins here a lot too - so easy and tasty!

    English muffins are everywhere in the US however I doubt most Americans know what a crumpet is - I think I've only ever seen one on tv - I'm not sure if they're readily available in the states. I'd love to try one though! :)

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    1. Ah now that is interesting to know, I wasn't sure my American friends would have heard of them. Crumpets are amazing toasted and swimming with butter (or dairy free spread). It all pools in the bubbly holes. Mmmmmmm!

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  3. We LOVE muffin pizzas in our house. I used to make them all the time when the boys were little as they were perfect to customise any way they liked. You've reminded me what a quick and easy meal they can make, definitely the next cooking project for the boys! Those Jalapeños are amazing... I'm totally addicted to sprinkling them on whatever I'm having for lunch at the moment for that spicy hit :-)

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    1. Yes they are good aren't they, they make such a good base and so quick and easy too. They are especially kids sized. I agree, the jalapenos are great. Loving the Deli Toppers range.

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  4. I used to often have pizza muffins when I was young. They're so quick, easy and yummy. Nice touch with the jalapenos.

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    1. Yes they are great. Cooper loves them. The jalapenos give them a bit of a kick.

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  5. I haven't ever made muffin pizzas. Feel like I have missed out on a kid-friendly meal. Love the look of these may have to have them for myself for lunch

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    1. Yes do make them. I am sure you and your kids will love them.

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  6. Yum! These look perfect for a saturday lunch time or mid afternoon snack. I LOVE LOVE jalapeños too!

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  7. I am loving the sound of these! I have to make them for my kids - I bet they'd love them!

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    1. They will love them and they can add their own toppings. Super simple and a real hit.

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  8. These look great! We love making pizza on different bases - pittas, flatbreads, I like this muffin idea!

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    1. Oh yes you should try them Kavey they are quick and really good.

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  9. I used to make muffin pizzas much more when the kids were smaller but actually they are such a great sppedy meal I need to stock some in my freezer and get trying out your version, especially with jalapenos which I could eat on everything!

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    1. Oh definitely, you should try them again, they go down great with kids who can add their own toppings.

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  10. What a lovely brunch idea, I am falling in love with all these Baxters condiments.

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