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The Best English Muffin Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

The Best English Muffin Pepperoni Pizza Recipe
  • Meal

    Main Dish

  • Cusine

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 tablespoon butter

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves, divided

3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil leaves, divided

pinch red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1 can crushed tomatoes

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 stick pepperoni, preferably natural casing, cut into 32 slices

4 English muffins, split in half

4 ounces grated Mozzarella cheese

2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

Directions

Adjust oven rack to upper middle position and preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Heat oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Add garlic, 1 tablespoon parsley, 1 tablespoon basil, pepper flakes, and oregano and cook, stirring frequently until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly thickened, about 15 minutes total. Season to taste with salt and pepper and stir in another tablespoon of parsley and a tablespoon of basil. While sauce is cooking, heat half of pepperoni slices in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until cupped and crisp around edges, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a large plate, leaving rendered fat in pan. Add four English muffin halves cut-side-down to skillet and swirl to pick up all fat. Cook until well-toasted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pepperoni and English muffin halves. Coat each English muffin half with sauce. Spread half an ounce of mozzarella on each English muffin, followed by 1/4 ounce of Parmesan cheese. Place 4 pepperoni slices on top of each pizza and top with a little bit more grated Parmesan. Bake until English muffins are crisp underneath and cheese is melted and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Top with extra Parmesan cheese immediately after removing from oven. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with remaining parsley and basil, and serve.