Caramelized Onion English Muffin Pizzas

Extra specia English muffin pizza made with English muffins, grated Mozarella cheese, diced ham, tomatoes, and caramelized onions.


  • 6 English muffin halves
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese, packed
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • A pinch of chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon stoneground mustard
  • Optional: A few slices of fresh tomato


1 Preheat oven to 425°F.

2 Melt butter in a medium skillet on medium high heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the diced ham, cook 5 minutes more. Mix in the sage and mustard. Remove from heat.

3 Put muffin halves, open side up on a sturdy baking pan. Distribute the cheese evenly, sprinkling over the muffin halves. Put the onion ham mixture on top of the cheese. If you want to use tomato slices, layer them between the cheese and onion mixture.

4 Bake at 425°F for 8-9 minutes, until the muffins and toppings are nicely browned, but not burnt. Cut into quarters for appetizers or just leave whole for a meal or snack.

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  • Becky Jenner

    A quick,easy alternative if you don’t have English muffins on hand is bread! One of my children’s favorites is “Pizzawhiches”. Just butter your bread of choice as you would for a grilled cheese.Sprinkle butter side with a smidge of garlic powder and a dash of Italian seasoning.Place the bread butter side down in a heated fry pan.Spread some pizza or spaghetti sauce on the bread.Add cheese’s of choice, some thin pepperoni slices,graded Parmesan and mozzarella or what ever you like on your pizza! Be sure that you start with cheese and end with cheese so your “pizzawhich” melts together! Warm up what’s left of the sauce for dipping in. Enjoy!

  • Jennie

    I found and then lost a recipe my mother had to make party snacks with english muffins. I’m wondering if anyone else has it? It has pepperoni, cheese, ripe olives, scallions and I think it is held together with mayo.


  • sandy

    Assemble different ingredients at parties and let guests make their own. Great for kids.

  • Tonie

    We were still making English muffin pizzas when I was in 7th grade home economics! (I’m in college now) These look fabulous and I can’t wait to try them.

  • Nicky

    Hi Elise,
    Your recipe is very similar to what used to be one of the most popular kids’ birthday party foods during my childhood. Every mother had her secret ingredient mix that served as a topping and we loved them all!

  • Annie

    I just made your pizza last night on pita bread. I was planning on using english muffins, but I came across the pita bread at the store first and thought they look like mini pizza dough. They were so good and easy!!

  • Sally

    Just tried your mini pizza. It’s so yummy..Even make the kitchen smell heavenly….My daughter loves it so much.. Thank you!!

  • Elise

    Hi Lydia – Aren’t they just the ultimate fast food?

    Hi Meena – Hey then you’re all set, if you already have the bag of English muffins. We don’t usually have them around.

    Hi Alanna – Do you mean liverwurst? I love liverwurst on anything, but please hold the MW and the V. (See, I can’t even bring myself to type them out.)

    Hi Shawnda – Cold pizza for breakfast – I think we all survived college on that diet.

    Hello Madam Chow and Ann – As long as dad keeps on providing the material, I’ll be here to report. ;-)

    Hi Tom – Thanks for the recipe!

    Hi Mau – You are very welcome.

    Hi David – You’re right! It had to be a GE toaster oven. They must have sponsored the cooking class.

    Hi Arcey – I thought we should toast the muffins first and told dad as much. He did it his way, un-toasted, and they turned out great. Is there any brand other than Thomas’s? They are so good.

    Hi Barbara – That’s what you get for knowing how to make the muffins from scratch, and doing it. :-)

    Hello Isabella – Hard boiled eggs? Now that’s an idea.

    Hi Rick – Kids love these things. They are kid sized, and even the kids can make them.

    Hi MJ – Nope, no need to toast the muffins first.

    Hi DSX – That would work too, thanks.

    Hi Lady – There must have been some massive national conspiracy with GE and Thomas’s to get an entire generation of people making these pizzas.

    Hi Bradley – They would be perfect for a 4 year old, wouldn’t they?

    Hi Chigiy – Knowing your kids, I know they would LOVE these.

    Hi Ron – Garlic is a great kicker.

    Hi Stacie – Yay!

  • Stacie

    I loved these. I will be making them again and again!

  • Ron

    I use spaghetti sauce from a jar as a shortcut for the sauce – we prefer Prego Sausage & Garlic because you get an extra topping (sausage). Also, I add 2-3 cloves of chopped garlic to the onions, add pepperoni (4 slices each). You can also use cheddar/jack on these as well if you don’t have the mozzarella on hand.

  • Chigiy

    Sold. Anything that includes an English muffin that I know my kids will like, I’m making.

  • Chris

    Oh – what a fabulous post! I grew up on these. And – we had them exactly as Arcey described above. Brings back wonderful memories. I made mini’s several weeks ago with Gorgonzola. Yum!

  • Bradley

    I love to make these with my 4 year old. They are so quick and easy to make and the little size is perfect for her.

  • Lady Amalthea

    Oh, fun! I also used to make these with canned sauce and supermarket Pepperoni. Yours do sound better!

  • dsx

    Exact same recipe, only we used the ready-bake biscuits you get in a can, rolled out to about twice their original size. Excellent snack or light meal!

  • Susan Cobos

    Your Panko-Crusted Salmon is mentioned in March issue of CSPI, Nutrition Action Healthletter. Way to go!

  • mj

    Well, Elise, hurrah! I would have thought you had to toast the muffins first! Okay, I’ll give this yumminess a try when we get home (on vacation from the cold). Thanks!

  • Rick

    A blast from the past!

    I had an aversion to even the thought of uncooked dough when I was a kid. My mom use to make these so I could be assured all the bread area was cooked. Can’t wait to resurrect this idea and try it on my children.

  • Isabella

    Love your recipes and stories =)

    These “mini pizzas” look delicious! You can also add hard boiled eggs (mashed with a fork)… In Brazil we call Portuguese pizza (cheese, ham, onions and eggs).

  • barbara

    I wondered why my page hits had doubled overnight! Looking good Elise.

  • Arcey

    What a kick to see this recipe here! I grew up in NY in the 50s and 60s and ate 100s of English muffin pizzas, with Thomas’s English Muffins (no other would do!), jarred pizza or spaghetti sauce, and sliced Polly-O mozzarella cheese. Spread sauce on half muffin, top with slice of cheese, then another dab of sauce on top of the cheese, sprinkled with garlic powder and dried oregano. Absolutely delish!!

    Even as a very sophisticated Calif. Bay Area “foodie” adult, every so often, I’ve gotten into an English muffin pizza jag, and will eat them for a week or so, exactly as I described them above, or at least until a package or two of Thomas’s is used up. They’re still delish to me. (Have to run out now and buy some muffins and cheese!)

    As much as I appreciate your father’s update of this wonderful snack, I’ll be sticking with the old-fashioned way forever. It’s just not English muffin pizza if it doesn’t have jarred sauce and sliced mozzarella. :-)

    P.S. To toast or not to toast the muffin before putting the sauce on? I go both ways, with different results. They’re both good in their own way.

  • David


    When I saw those I really let out a good laugh. I remember making those way back when. The only thing you missed was they need to be cooked in a GE toaster oven.

    (Ok, we also used dried herbs, canned tomato sauce, and pepperoni…and aren’t you fancy-schmancy sauteéing onions as well!)

  • Ann

    Love your dad’s ideas – he sounds like a riot. Keep ’em coming!

  • Madam Chow

    Elise, I love all these stories about your dad. Keep ’em coming!

  • Shawnda

    Oh, so I can use them for *more* than Eggs Benedict? ;)

    Those are gorgeous! Makes me wish I had something else besides oatmeal for breakfast… there’s always lunch!

  • Alanna

    During summer school sessions, I used to LIVE on English muffin sandwiches and made dozens of variations of these. My favorite however was liver sausage with Miracle Whip and sliced tomato (some times with Velveeta). I wonder if Dad would approve …

  • Meena

    These look delicious! I always have a bag of English muffins handy in my fridge for a quick snack. Making pizzas out of them is great idea! :)

  • lydia

    I make these all the time, with the slow-roasted garlicky tomatoes I made and froze last summer, and a nice slice of fresh mozzarella and sprinkling of fresh herbs. Hooray for your dad!