Tomorrow morning, when your sleepy, groggy, possibly grumpy kids drag their butts to breakfast and mumble incoherent complaints, try saying this: “Who wants pizza for breakfast?” Their little necks will snap up so fast they may pull something.
Somewhere along the way, certain foods were identified as breakfast foods, and most of us are content to face a plate of eggs, some fruit, or perhaps some oatmeal in the morning. But sometimes it’s nice to shake it up (and by the way, you will likely get a similar reaction if you offer up pancakes for dinner every once in a while). The main point of breakfast, the piously anointed “most important meal of the day,” is to give you energy to go forth and conquer. Or at least go forth and do well on the spelling quiz. So, pretty much any food that sounds good at 7 a.m. and isn’t riddled with sugar is fair game. Charlie in particular is often delighted to encounter things like a bowl of vegetable Buffalo Chicken Chili or leftover meatballs or a roasted chicken thigh first thing in the morning, as am I, which some people find irresistible and others just find weird and confusing.
English Muffin Pizzas come together in the same amount of time it takes to make hot cereal or scramble some eggs. Follow these up with some fruit, or just serve them with a glass of OJ, and all of the consecrated food groups are present. Think of these for an after school snack, too, not to mention lunch.
Whiel you ar thinking about pizza, think about grilling it up in warmer weather!
- 2 English muffins, preferably whole grain (see Note), split
- 1 cup store-bought or homemade tomato sauce
- 4 slices (1⁄4 inch thick) mozzarella, preferably fresh
- Coarse salt to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)
- Preheat a toaster oven or standard oven to 350°F.
- Toast the English muffin halves until very lightly brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Spoon 1⁄4 cup of the tomato sauce evenly over each English muffin half.
- Top each English muffin with a slice of mozzarella. Lightly salt, and sprinkle on the oregano if desired.
- Bake or toast the pizzas until the cheese is melted and a bit bubbly, about 4 minutes. Serve, making sure your kids know that the pizzas are hot!