Forget Butter & Jam: Five Other Ways to Use an English Muffin

English muffins are a constant in my household. I love the texture of the spongy dough filled with its all-famous nooks and crannies. Crisp up those little guys, and anything goes.

The only rule, in my opinion, is no knife. Using a fork to split them open keeps the integrity of the incredible texture. Besides that, the muffin is your oyster -- breakfast, snack, lunch, dinner, munchies; it all works.

Here are Five Great Ways To Use The English Muffin:

5. As a Burger Bun

Lightly toasted English muffins make the perfect buns for a gourmet burger.

My favorite? Spread one side of the muffin with Dijon mustard, the other with mayonnaise and stuff in a thick and juicy burger topped with melted Gruyère, Canadian bacon and some watercress.

Top the whole thing off with a fried egg and congratulate yourself for being amazing; It's like the Egg McMuffin went to France and married a gourmet Quarter Pounder.

Want to be more amazing? Serve a toasted muffin open-faced, add a lobster burger topped with avocado, a poached egg and Hollandaise and boom -- Burger Eggs Benny.

4. For Added Crunch

There's nothing like a toasted English muffin's crisped-up nooks and crannies for crunch. Enter English muffin croutons, just about the best ever toppings for soups and salads.

To make them, slice the muffin into cubes or long strips and toss with olive oil, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, salt and crushed black pepper and place under a broiler until crisp.

I love throwing them on top of a French onion soup or in an egg-topped bistro salad with Dijon dressing.

3. As a Thickener

No bread on hand for your meatballs? No problem. Use English muffins soaked in a little bit of milk to keep your meatballs soft and moist.

Need to thicken soups and stews? English muffins to the rescue! Hollow out and crumble the insides of the muffins, then add the crumbs a little at a time to the pot to thicken.

2. For Stuffed French Toast

Fill the center with cream cheese whipped with strawberries and walnuts. Or go crazy and spread it with chunky peanut butter mixed with crumbled bacon.

Next, close the sandwich, dip into a mixture of eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla, and fry like you would a French toast.

Slice and serve it topped with maple syrup, powdered sugar and fresh fruit. Or, to hell with it -- just top it with ice cream.

1. Under the Broiler

Like tuna salad? Good. Now put it on an English muffin, top it with Swiss cheese and sliced tomato, and stick it under the broiler until it's melted and gooey and just the best thing ever.

Like egg salad? Good. Mix in bacon and Dijon and shredded cheddar, and do the same thing.

Like pizza? Awesome. Make it on a broiled English muffin.

Notice a pattern here? English muffins + toppings + cheese + broiler = easiest/best meal of all time.

It's just simple math.

What do you do with your English muffins?

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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