Last Thursday evening I hosted a Girls Night Pizza Party. So fun! So delicious! So needed!
Bays English Muffins contacted me awhile ago and asked if I would be willing to help promote a contest they are running called “Top This Pizza Challenge.” Grand Prize gets a trip for two to Italy. It’s worth checking out. So I invited some friends, asked them to bring a guest and the six of us made/ate all sorts of flavorful, creative pizzas throughout the night.
Since this is a contest, I told these ladies to think of different ideas on how to make an English muffin pizza. I provided a prize for the Most Flavorful, Most Creative and the Most Italian. These ladies took it seriously. My pizza was the most boring out of all of them!
I provided the Bays English Muffins (compliments of Bays) plus some toppings. I told the ladies if they had a secret ingredient they wanted to use, they should bring it along and they didn’t disappoint. Roasted garlic, refried beans, asparagus and so much more was added to what I provided.
They each made two different types of pizzas. I made only one because I was busy taking photos and smelling everything and getting the pizzas in and out of the oven. It’s actually just an excuse on my part because their ideas were so much better than mine that I didn’t even what to compete with them. I had them fill out a sheet of paper marking down the ingredients they used so that we would know how to make them later and to remember exactly what we each put on our pizzas.
We had a Chicken Alfredo pizza which won the prize for Most Creative. Amanda topped her pizza with her homemade alfredo sauce, cooked fettuccini noodles, shredded chicken, mushrooms, artichokes, spinach, fresh mozzarella and some parmesan cheese. Yes, all of that fit onto one English muffin.
Sheri created a Mexican pizza. Her’s was topped with some refried beans and cayenne pepper, a spicy marinated chicken, some Ro*tel, cilantro and garlic and then topped with a little cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses.
Even though Marny’s Spinach and Pepperoni pizza didn’t win a prize, it was one of my favorite. She topped her English muffin with a red pizza sauce, added some pepperoni, Italian spices, roasted garlic, spinach and artichokes and then topped it off with a little bit of feta and mozzarella cheese. It was one of the most flavorful pizzas I’ve ever had.
The award for Most Flavorful went to Jill. Jill cracked us up. She brought fresh asparagus! Yum! But the funny part was she only found 3 (yes 3) stalks. Wish I had taken a photo of the 3 stalks because they were 3 small stalks. Good thing we were making English muffin pizzas and not 12” ones or we would have been SOL. We called her asparagus a delicacy since we had so little of it but it added so much flavor. Her pizza started with the alfredo sauce, then topped with some bacon, chicken, Italian spices, basil, olives, red peppers, the delicacy asparagus and then covered with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. With all of those ingredients, it couldn’t help but be flavorful.
Then lastly, one of Melissa’s pizzas won the prize for Most Italian. When most people think Italian Pizza they think meat and cheese and flavorful. Her’s had it all. She started off with some olive oil and red pizza sauce topping it with the Italian spices and cilantro. We know – cilantro isn’t Italian but it certainly combined well with the rest of the ingredients. Her meat lover’s pizza had Italian sausage, pepperoni and deli ham piled high and then topped with cheddar and mozzarella cheese.
Can you tell that we were stuffed full when we got done tasting them all.
But of course, we left room for dessert. We had Sara Lee Pound Cake Slices topped with whipped cream, Reese’s peanut butter cups, toffee bits, Rolo’s, etc. Add in a little bit of wine and some Cranberry/Raspberry SodaStream soda and for the second time in one week, I had to be rolled away from the table.
Thanks ladies for a very enjoyable evening. Your food, chatter and laughter made it an awesome night! Can’t wait to do this again.
A little bit of information about Bays English Muffins. I was not compensated for this post other than they sent me some Bays English Muffins to use for this pizza party. All opinions are my own.
I LOVE them. Their fresh taste and softness make them the best English muffin I’ve ever had. They can be found in the refrigerator section of your super market. If you would like to see if they are carried in your area, check out this area of their website. Thank you Bays for inviting me to take part in your Top This Pizza Challenge.
To host your own Make Your Own Pizza Party I would recommend having your guests each bring a few items so that you don’t have as much prep or cost to the party. As the host, provide the base for your pizzas, a sauce and a few toppings and then let the guests bring the rest. It was a blast and using the English muffins would be a fun idea for a children’s birthday party. Perfect individual sized pizzas that they can make themselves. No one would be disappointed then.
Meat Lover’s Italian Pizza
Yield: 12 English Muffin Pizzas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 - 9 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
The amounts you will need will vary depending on how much you want to put on each individual muffin. I have just the ingredients listed here, use your own judgment as to how much you’d like to add.
• 6 Bay’s English Muffins- separated to create 12 individual pizza crusts
• Red pizza sauce
• Olive oil
• McCormick’s Italian Spice Seasoning
• Cilantro – fresh
• Italian sausage – cooked
• Pepperoni slices
• Deli ham – sliced thin and cut into smaller pieces
• Cheddar cheese – shredded
• Mozzarella cheese - shredded
1. Slightly toast the English muffins in the toaster until they are just turning brown.
2. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the crust and then add some red sauce.
3. Sprinkle sauce with Italian spices.
4. Pile a little bit of meat on top of each other adding in some cilantro as you go.
5. Top with a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
6. Broil on Low in your oven with the rack set at the middle setting for 7 – 8 minutes depending on your oven.
Created by Melissa Solberg - thanks Melissa!