In our last entry into The Solo Mum’s Emergency Pantry, we discovered how a simple can of tomato soup can pull you out of a mealtime emergency with more finesse than just ending up with a bowl of broth in front of you. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we’re all about options here in the solo mum’s emergency pantry!). This week’s item, even though it doesn’t technically live in the pantry, is something I always have stashed away in my freezer; and that is, the humble crumpet.
As with everything in The Solo Mum’s Emergency Pantry, crumpets are cheap (and they always seem to be on special!) and can be whipped up into a range of recipes with varying levels of speed and ease. Now, while the affordable crumpet can be quickly defrosted and plied with honey, jam, peanut butter or Vegemite for a quick and easy tummy filler at any time of the day, it can also be turned into more robust meals, including Pizza Crumpets. Now, you certainly can make mini pizzas with bread or muffins, but I’ve found that crumpets offer an alternative that’s so much more satisfying because the little crumpety holes of goodness hold the perfect amount of moisture without making the whole thing soggy. So here you go, my recipe for pizza crumpets…
1. Toast crumpets lightly in the toaster so they don’t go soggy.
2. Add your choice of sauce base… BBQ, tomato, red onion relish, home-made tomato relish, quince paste, chutney or even mayo
3. Add the rest of your toppings. Here are a few of my favourites:
– Tuna, feta, avocado and a touch of grated tasty cheese
– Left over roast lamb or beef, red onion, roast pumpkin and grated cheese
– Grilled chicken breast (cooked up the night before or left over), mayo and avocado
– Bacon, onion, lightly whisked egg, Worcestershire sauce and grated tasty cheese
– Grated tasty cheese, corn and pineapple
– Salami, semi sun-dried tomato, capers and grated tasty cheese
4. Grill crumpets under medium heat until slightly brown, cut in half and nom away.
And, as a side note, you can even change-up the Tasty cheese for mozzarella, bocconcini, spiced cumin, wasabi, cracked pepper, pickled onion or any other cheese variety you have on hand if you feel like getting extra fancy.
Stay tuned next week for more crumpet recipes from The Solo Mum’s Emergency Pantry.
About the author
Naomi is the editor of Lift e-Magazine and single mum to 19 month old Jim. For the last 12 months she’s documented her journey of single motherhood in her award winning daily blog ‘365 Days, a Diary of a Newly Single Mum’. When she’s not experimenting with new cookie recipes or planning her next trekking, climbing or snowboarding adventure, you can find her at her desk in the picturesque city of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, weaving together solo mum stories… whether it be handy tips, triumphs, tragedies, exotic tales of travel or other tidbits to publish here. And before you ask, no, she doesn’t mind the freezing cold Tasmanian winters and yes, she had her second head removed years ago in an unfortunate accident involving a curtain rod and a drunk moose (and no, she’s not interested in hearing from anyone who doesn’t believe that drunk mooses exist in Tasmania… or those who may suppose that ‘mooses’ is not really a word).