Pesto Pizza - English Muffins with Tomato and Bacon
Pesto Pizza made with English muffins and topped with fresh tomatoes and bacon isn't fancy-schmancy enough for a dinner party. But this easy pesto pizza recipe, which takes less than 15 minutes and five ingredients is the ultimate quick and easy weeknight dinner.
Course: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: easy english muffin pizza recipes, recipes for english muffin pizza, pesto pizza recipe
Top each of your English muffin halves with a heaping teaspoon of pesto and spread out evenly. Place the muffin halves on a baking sheet and place under the broiler for 1-3 minutes. Watch carefully, because they can go from not quite done to burned in a few seconds. You are looking for brown crispy edges.
Reduce the oven heat to 450 degrees F.
Next, seed your tomato. Discard the seeds and the core of the tomato. Then chop the remaining tomato into small pieces. This step is important because too much tomato juice will make your pizzas soggy. Top each English muffin half with chopped tomato pieces.
Add bacon. Then, add as much shredded mozzarella cheese as you can without it falling off.
Place the English muffin pizzas in the oven, and bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and is bubbling. Optional, garnish with fresh basil.
Sharon's Expert Tips: For easy cleanup, line your baking sheet with foil before adding the cheese and baking the pizzas. I highly recommend using refrigerated sourdough English muffins for this recipe. You can substitute regular English muffins but, in my opinion, the sourdough muffins are crisper and have a better taste. You can usually find them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store.It's important to toast your English muffin before adding the toppings. I know you have probably had English muffin pizzas that weren't toasted first and they are usually gummy, which is exactly the opposite of the taste we are going for.You can certainly substitute your favorite toppings for the bacon and tomato. And, you can always substitute regular pizza sauce for the pesto. Other substitute pizza toppings include pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, black olives, and green peppers. Low-moisture mozzarella cheese is my favorite and the classic cheese for pizza. But, if you want to substitute another cheese, check out this article The Best Cheese for Pizza. If you don't know how to seed a tomato, click on this link to watch a quick video showing you how to seed a tomato.