Caramelized Onion English Muffin Pizzas

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

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Back in 7th grade home-economics, the cooking segment consisted of learning how to make pizza with English muffins, some spaghetti sauce, a little cheese and a toaster oven.

Relax. These aren’t those pizzas. These are cool, a little fancy, English muffin pizzas. When my father came home with a bag of English muffins announcing that he was going to make pizzas with them, I sort of rolled my eyes and stepped away. (Okay, dad, whatever you want.)

caramelized onion English muffin pizza

But when the aroma of caramelizing onions, ham, bubbling Mozzarella wafted through the house, I got my plate ready. We’ll be having these again soon.

Caramelized Onion English Muffin Pizzas Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 English muffin pizzas


  • 6 English muffin halves
  • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese, packed
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 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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  • 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!

  • 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 …

  • 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!)

  • 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.

  • 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).

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