Savory Saturdays: English Muffin Pizza

The phone rang promptly at 4:30 this morning and I got to hear DW’s voice on the other line. His plane made it to Japan safely but there was a 2 hour delay for his connecting flight to China. This made his lay-over 5 hours. I was just thankful that the airport was not under water. Then I had the pleasure of hearing from him again at 2:30 this afternoon once he landed in China. Although exhausted, he and his colleague (and friend )were going to spend the day site-seeing since it was Sunday there already. (Albeit 3:30am, but Sunday nonetheless). The house is always so lonely without DW, but having him out of the country is even worse. There is that nagging fear that if there ever was an emergency, how long would it take him to get here, and who would notify him if I couldn’t? I am a Nervous Nelly sometimes, always thinking of the worst case scenarios. It can be draining to always thinking of a Plan B. However, tonight I will sleep soundly knowing that he is out of harms way.

The Tortoise and I are having a date while The Hare spends the night with a friend. I am greatly looking forward to some girl time with my soon to be thirteen-year-old. Friday or Saturdays are usually our pizza night. Sometimes we order delivery or take-out, but sometimes we make an old family standard: English Muffin Pizzas.

red wine spaghetti sauce, red onion and Gouda

I am always amazed at how something so simple and common to me is completely foreign to someone else. I made these one night for our sitter and she was in awe of this new-found menu item. The best thing about English Muffin Pizzas is being able to use left overs. For instance – leftover spaghetti sauce makes great pizza sauce topped with ground beef and cheddar cheese  for a cheese-burger pizza. Leftover white sauce, canned shrimp and provolone makes a wonderful seafood pizza, and just a can of tomato paste, fresh basil and mozzarella is the perfect margarita pizza. Use canned pineapple and diced ham to create a Hawaiian pizza. The possibilities are endless, and usually all pantry items. You’ll have to let me know what kind of crazy concoctions you come up with too.

English Muffin Pizza

English Muffins, toasted
Sauce of your choice
Cheese of your choice
Optional items: diced onions, peppers, mushrooms, pineapple, ground beef, pepperoni, diced ham, seafood etc.

Set the broiler to low. On a cookie sheet place toasted English Muffins (open-faced) and top with sauce, optional toppings and then cheese. Broil until melted. Serve with a fresh salad.

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