These have been one of my favorites since I was a kid. They’re incredibly easy to make, and because of how infrequently I had/have them, they seem like such a treat each time I do.
I certainly can’t take credit for these because I am sure this is no well-kept secret, but for those who don’t realize it, I wanted to give a quick how-to, and break down the ingredients list.
What You’ll Need
At the core, you will need the below 3 ingredients:
– English muffins
– Pizza sauce
– Mozzarella cheese
However, I am always a big proponent of playing with your spices and seasonings collection, so I added in a few extras:
– Extra virgin olive oil (the more virgin the better, less ‘extras’)
– Garlic salt
– Crushed red pepper
To start, I heated my convection oven to 375 degrees, let it pre-heat. While that is warming up, get your cooking sheet ready and either sprayed with non-stick oil, tinfoil, or both (my personal preference – less cleanup, least stick).
Split the English muffins, you can fit as many on the tray as you’d like, just don’t cover the tops of any of them (see picture above).
For the sauce you can go in any creative direction to your taste preference as you’d like – margarita, olive oil base, or traditional. I am a big fan of my pizza having a garlic taste to it, so I used a basting brush to spread on a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and garlic salt, prior to topping with a simple pizza sauce.
I then topped with mozzarella cheese, opting for a low moisture/part skim milk variety, which proved to have less calories and cholesterol than a traditional mozzarella but with all of the same delicious taste. On top of that, I sprinkled oregano and crushed red pepper, knowing that is how I typically top my pizza. Whenever I am making my own pizza (or heating a frozen one) I add those spices in beforehand so they can bake right in to the rest of the creation. Call me crazy, but I think it tastes better!
I am currently operating with a convection oven, which I have noted cooks slightly differently than a conventional oven. My recommendation for each is as follows:
Conventional Oven Bake: 350 degrees for 15 minutes
Convection/Toaster Oven Bake: 375 degrees for 12 minutes
Regardless of the option, I always heed warning that cook times vary in all ovens, and you should monitor a new dish whenever cooking it for the first time to know your appliances cook times best. I check mine occasionally and make sure they get a little orange and crispy on the top.
The Results and Nutrition
The calories were what floored me the most about these little treats. If prepared with an English muffin, pizza sauce, and mozzarella cheese, you’re looking at only about 135 calories per pizza! If you’re going to add other toppings and get more creative- sausage, pepperoni, or even swap the sauce for an olive oil, be warned that can alter the calorie count, but at least you have a general idea.