#VoiceTailgate: English Muffin Pizzas + Pimm's Cup


To celebrate the fact that tomorrow night Rixton is performing live on The Voice, our Monday #VoiceTailgate will be all about this particular British Invasion!  I remember very clearly (at least my eardrums do) when The Wanted hit The Voice stage and therefore it's safe to assume that Rixton, a talented pop/rock band from the UK, will most likely make a few women in the audience faint.


(I'm working on my segues which, by the way, is a very oddly spelled word).

We make these a lot in our house.  They're simple, fast, and individual - therefore everyone can enjoy a delicious pizza unique to their own tastebuds.  For your tailgate, you can have a variety of pizzas already prepared OR you can create a toppings bar and let people make their own.  Either way, you're guests will say, "Bob's your uncle!? These muffins are the dog's bullock's! I am properly gobsmacked! All is tickety-boo in my world!"  

Um, because your guests will be required to speak using googled British phrases.      

*You might be wondering how "English" English Muffins really are.  Well, Wikipedia says that "despite being considered as quintessentially English, and available in most British supermarkets, they are less widely eaten than crumpets or scones."  By the by (British people say that), what on Earth is a crumpet??  I'm going to ask Rixton.   

For our #VoiceTailgate, we're making Roasted Garlic + Swiss Chard and Mushroom + Sausage Pizzas (I sautéed the swiss chard and mushrooms in olive oil, cooked the sausage until it was nice and crispy and roasted the garlic prior to cooking the pizzas).  Other good toppings would be roasted peppers, olive tapenade, broccolini, burrata, roasted chicken or plain old pepperoni for the kiddos.

(You can also REALLY impress your friends and make Homemade English Muffins.)

English Muffin Pizzas

Sliced English muffins
Jar of pizza sauce (or we use a 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes)
Mozzarella cheese
Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Desired toppings

Preheat your oven to 450.  Lightly coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.  Place English muffins slices on baking sheet, top with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings.  Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.  Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly.

On to our proper English-style cocktail.  Pimm's!  You said that with a British accent, didn't you?  The first time I ever had one of these was at a pool party with Carson and his friends, way way way way way back in the day before children and one-piece bathing suits.  A classic English liquor, which tastes a bit like fruit and spices, served often with ginger ale or lemonade and garnished with all sorts of fruits and veggies.  For this tailgate, I will be drinking an "Iced Tea Cup" instead, which doesn't sound as cool in my fake British accent but still tastes delicious.  Cheerio! 

Carson's Pimm's Cup
Printable Recipe

Pimm's No. 1 Liqueur (or Iced Tea)
Ginger Ale
Assorted sliced fruits and veggies like apples, oranges, lemons, strawberries, raspberries or rhubarb
Sprig of rosemary for garnish

Place ice in tall glass.  Fill halfway with Pimm's (or Iced Tea) and the rest of the way with ginger ale.  Stir well.  Add desired fruits and veggies.

*Note: it can be easier to make a large pitcher of this, still using the half and half ratio.  Fill glasses with ice and fruit/veggies and then pour in Pimm's mixture.

Have fun watching the Top 10 tomorrow night on NBC at 8/7 Central!


Mary B. said...

You didn't eat crumpets senior year at Madison like me?! A roommate got me into them. They are right next to the english muffins and bagels at the grocery store.

I LOVE Pimm's Cups and glad you told me how I can make them N/A.

Anonymous said...

I'm trying to use up some of the things in my freezer/pantry and to stay out of the supermarket (at least for a few days). I have shredded mozz in the freezer, one lone English muffin in the freezer, and lots of veggies etc. Do you toast the English muffin first?

Great blog by the way! Hope you are enjoying your new home/area

Linda said...

I've never had a Pimm's cup..... Must try !!!

ElsieW said...

Haha!! Loving this post. Yes, as an American currently living in London (and married to a Brit) I have to say, English muffins aren't that popular over here....and they're actually just called "white muffins". Doesn't sound nearly as posh as English Muffins :) I LOVED English muffin pizzas growing up (in Seattle) and hoping that my proper British kiddos will as well. Love the Pimm's Cup recipe too. Pimm's is a summer staple over here....try adding mint too...it's delish!! Love your blog, btw. xx

Syd said...

Siri, you've never had a toasted crumpet smothered in butter? You are missing out! A British breakfast staple!

I'm a Londoner and have never seen Pimm's made with ginger ale, it's usually lemonade lots of mint, strawberries, cucumber orange and lemon. Perfect summer drink and tradtional bbq, picnic or Wimbledon tennis watching drink!

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