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Celebrate National English Muffin Month With These Fun Recipes

When you think of English muffins, you probably imagine them toasted with butter and jam alongside a cup of coffee. But maybe you didn’t realize this morning standard can stretch way past breakfast


So in honor of July’s National English Muffin Month, we’ve put together a full day of easy meals that uses this versatile product in recipes you might not have considered. Get ready to be tempted!

Breakfast

French toast

A warm English muffin spread with peanut butter is fine, but why not upgrade your weekend with this riff on French toast? Halve muffins and dip them in a mixture of beaten eggs and whole milk spiced with cinnamon or a teaspoon of vanilla. Cook muffins in a tablespoon of melted butter in a nonstick skillet until browned on both sides. Serve with maple syrup and sliced strawberries.

Brunch bites Is your brunch a little ho-hum? Instead of bagels and scrambled eggs, jazz things up by offering plates of one-bite treats. English muffins are easily topped with thin omelets, sliced ham and mustard or herb cream cheese and smoked salmon. Cut into tiny wedges and spear with frilly toothpicks. Voila!

Spinach and Egg Sammy An egg and cheese sandwich is a construction man’s special—and serving it on an English muffin makes it even nicer. Toast the muffin and place an over-easy egg on one half. Add a handful of baby spinach and a slice of Swiss cheese. Pop it in the toaster oven to melt the cheese and then add the other muffin half.

Lunch

Burger Benedict No bun, no fun, as they say! And for dinner tonight, slide your all-beef patty onto a toasted English muffin. A poached egg and hollandaise (or just a lemony mayonnaise) brings this to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Hummus and veggies A deli turkey and cheese is fine, of course, but English muffins make a better-tasting sandwich. For this open-face version, toast the muffin and spread both halves with hummus. Layer on thin slices of cucumber, then top with shredded carrots, avocado or tomatoes.

Croque Monsieur An English muffin is the perfect raft for this souped-up ham and cheese delight. All you need is a fast béchamel sauce. Here’s how to make it: Melt two tablespoons of butter and add two tablespoons of flour, stir constantly until paste bubbles and turns slightly brown. Add 1 cup of hot milk and stir until sauce thickens. Season with pepper.

Dinner

Mini Pizzas Even your kids can make these! Toast English muffins and let them go to town with the toppings: warmed marinara sauce, shredded mozzarella, pepperoni, sliced red onion, black olives and bell peppers.

Eggy Strata Baked eggs for dinner? Yup, especially when they’re fortified with ham, cheese and any veggie you like. Spinach, zucchini or mushrooms would work well in this Canadian Bacon Strata that’s anchored with—you guessed it—English muffins.

Tuna or salmon salad melt The beauty of English muffins is that they’re sturdier than regular bread and won’t crumble under heavier spreads and toppings. For a classic tuna melt, swap the rye for a toasted muffin, add your favorite fish and mayo combination and melt a slice of cheddar or American cheese to finish it.

Dessert:

Mini Nutella Pizzas Surprise your kids with English muffins and a schmear of hazelnut spread. Top ‘pizzas’ with banana slices, toasted slivered almonds, mini marshmallows and a dusting of powder sugar.

Bread Pudding This sweet treat is traditionally made with any leftover or stale bread you have lying around (hot dog rolls are great here). Pears are used in this recipe, but you can try apples, peaches or berries as well.

Ricotta n’ Fruit For a super fast dessert, toast sweet muffins (we love the Cinnamon Raisin Signature English Muffin from Wolfermans) and then spoon on ricotta cheese that’s been sweetened with sugar and spiked with a bit of orange liqueur. Top with Lemon Curd and Strawberry Preserves, or sprinkle raspberries or blueberries on top.

How are you celebrating English Muffin month? Share your favorite English Muffin recipes in the comments!

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