So today was kindof rough for both of us. I've been really tired and run down lately, and she is getting over Fifth Disease. I did the minimum amount possible for my day, and picked her up from daycare while she was still asleep on her cot. We watched alot of Caillou and SuperWhy when we got home, curled up on the couch under a blanket.
On the phone with my mom, she talked about what she was making for dinner. Hey, we can expand family dinner to include Nan and Grandpa, right? That still counts, doesn't it? So I asked my kid if she wanted to go to Nan's and have dinner.
She didn't. She seems to like dinner at home in our dining room almost as much as I do! I tweeted about it, and got a reply from Blog 4 Family Dinner - apparently it is common for the kids to get on board with Family Dinner early on. Yep, that's my girl.
Anyway, so here's what I made: Mini English Muffin Pizzas
On a baking sheet, I put a sheet of parchment paper. It was supposed to help clean-up, which it did for the most part. Except the cheese that escaped off the side.
On the parchment paper, I put english muffins cut side up. I managed to fit exactly one package of muffins on the baking sheet. I am a rock star.
Then I turned to chopping toppings. (Ha!) I had a package of gourmet sliced mushrooms from Whole Foods that I chopped using my chopper. (Pampered Chef, not Slap Chop. I hate that guy.) Also, a bunch of garlic. Then some green onions.
On the english muffins, I put some spaghetti sauce, the stuff that was left over from Monday night. Then I put the chopped vegetables, then I put some cheese. Shredded cheese. Bake 350, 10 minutes or so.
(Sorry for the sideways photos.)
If I had it to do over again, I would bake them without the cheese for about 10 minutes, then add cheese and bake until it melts. The garlic and onions needed a few more minutes in the heat. Also, I thought about rubbing the muffins with a garlic clove before topping, but I didn't want to take that time. If you only want a little garlic flavor, that might be a better route rather than adding it chopped. If you like the garlic, tho, the chopped method tasted yummy. But beware - about an hour after eating, my dad freaked out because my kid smelled like garlic. (He watches too much CSI - he mentioned selenium poisoning. Freak.)
Nan declared them delicious. Everything that we eat that my kid likes, she wants to take some to Nan. Nan wasn't complaining, tho!