Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I've seen this cheesy English muffin idea in several places on the Internet and decided to try it. I can see endless variations for this simple little recipe.  With NO changes, it makes a perfect cheesy alternative to a dinner roll. Change the cheese to Monterrey Jack and add crab for a great open faced sandwich, or switch to mozzarella and pepperoni for a pizza muffin; the list goes on and on.

6 English muffins
2 tablespoons soft butter
1/3 cup of mayonnaise (not miracle whip)(see note below)
2 cups shredded cheddar
1 green onion, sliced very thin
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup crisp bacon bits

Split the muffins in half and put them on a very lightly greased baking sheet. 

Mix everything else together and divide equally between the muffins.
Bake on an upper rack in your oven for 15 minutes at 400° or until tops are golden and bubbly.

Let muffins sit for about 5 minutes before you serve them.

Here is another version for a quick weeknight dinner.

Split 6 English muffins and butter the cut side VERY LIGHTLY.

2 cups shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup pepperoni cut into THIN matchsticks
1/4 cup pizza sauce  (use your own, or try the one below)

Mix everything well and divide evenly over the lightly buttered English muffins. Bake on top rack of oven, at 400° for 20 minutes or until melted and bubbly. Let cool a couple of minutes before you serve.

(1) 6 ounce can tomato paste
(1) 6 ounce can water
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon onion powder (not onion salt)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar (or honey)

Whisk it all together and let it sit for about 30 minutes to let flavors blend.

NOTE: Don't worry, you will not taste the mayonnaise, but it DOES provide a very creamy quality to the cheddar cheese.

NOTE: Don't leave out the cayenne. Hubby and I are extremely shy when it comes to spicy food, but this amount of cayenne was perfect for us. If you like spicy, increase this amount.