Sunday, January 23, 2011 at 9:21PM
This is the 8th entry in our Month of Pie. Pie Month is a celebration of things we love. Because life is hard, and there should always be more pie. Have a look at the other entries. Really.
Pie #1 - Lemon Cream Icebox Pie
Pie #2 - Malted Crisp Tart
Pie #7 - Chocolate Kahlua PieIs pizza pie?
We struggled with answering that question for our Month of Pie. Could a pizza really take one of our 15 slots for pie? Our decision came down to two things:
- What would Dean Martin say (WWDMS)? Given that it is amore when the moon hits your eyes, we felt fairly comfortable with his response.
- How did the pizza taste? In a word, “incredible.”
Here’s what so special about the pizza...you crack eggs right on to top. The idea of three happy yolks standing at attention was too much to pass up (though I’m not sure I would have even thought of eating this five years ago). Also, the fresh tasting onion flavor coming from the scallions, chives, and shallots playing off the strong bacon and cheese flavors promised complete breakfast satisfaction.
We’re not big breakfast casserole people. They’re a favorite of many in our families, but this pizza is our answer to those casseroles. The ingredients are nearly the same, but the ratio of cheese to egg to bread to bacon is more to our liking.
You can make your own pizza dough (use your favorite), or you can purchase your dough from the grocery, or this being New Jersey, from a local pizza place. We made our own, but if we were in a hurry, I would have no problem using purchased dough.
This pizza can be thrown together in minutes in the morning. Within 30 minutes (10 for prep, 12 to cook), you’ve got an incredible pizza pie that balances nicely with that leftover chocolate pie you made the night before.
recipe | Breakfast Pizza via the Big Sur Bakery Cookbook
Note - if you have a pizza stone, please use it. Heat it up in the oven and use a wooden peel to get the pizza on to the stone. We don’t have a pizza stone, so we’ve noted our approach below.
- 3 bacon strips or extra for snacking
- Pizza dough for one pizza
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan
- 1 cup grated fresh mozzarella
- 3 eggs
- Kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons basil
- 2 tablespoons minced flat parsley
- 2 tablespoons minced chives
- 2 scallions (white and green parts), sliced thinly
- 1 shallot, minced
Shape your dough on lightly floured large cookie sheet, using your fingers to stretch the dough to the shape you want. We’re comfortable with irregularly-shaped pizzas. If you can make it circular, you are a better person than we are.
Sprinkle the Parmesan, mozzarella, and broken up bacon. Season with salt and pepper.
Place pizza in the oven for four minutes.
Meanwhile, crack open the eggs into three separate small bowls. You’re doing this to move quickly when you place the eggs on top of the pizza. You don’t want to fumble around with a hot oven.
When the four minutes are up, slide out the oven rack with the pizza pan on it. Place the eggs on top of the pizza, evenly spaced. You might need to dig into the cheese a bit to make a nest for each egg. Return the pizza to the oven and bake for 4-8 more minutes until the eggs are done to your liking.
When the eggs are done (we like them loose and a little runny) and the crust is golden, pull out the pizza, sprinkle with parsley, chives, scallions, and shallots. Slice and serve immediately.