1995 Bays English Muffins
"Pizza Amore" Recipe Contest Winner


Jumpin' Jack N' Pepper Pizzas

Makes 12 pizzas

  • 6 Bays English Muffins, split
  • Black Bean Spread (recipe follows)
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
  • 1 red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 10 green onions, chopped
  • 12 jumbo black pitted olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1 large avocado, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • Sour cream

Bake muffin halves at 450 degrees F, on a baking stone or a baking sheet until crisp, about 5 minutes; remove. Evenly spread Black Bean Spread over each muffin half. Sprinkle on Monterey Jack cheese. In small bowl, stir together peppers, onions, olives and cilantro. Spoon on top of cheese. Top each with a few pieces of avocado. Sprinkle on red pepper flakes. Bake at 450 degrees F, about 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly. Serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Black Bean Spread
  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  • 2 dashes hot pepper sauce

In food processor, purée beans and garlic until smooth. Stir in tomatoes and hot pepper sauce. Set aside.


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This page originally published as a FoodDay article in 1997.

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