Sunday Brunch: One Pizza with Extra
April 3, 2011
Pizza for breakfast?
Why not? Sure you
probably had/will have pizza for breakfast at
least once a week in college, but with
Chef Mickey's recipe, you can have a
delicious, new, but still familiar pizza that is
essentially breakfast. For
this Sunday Brunch, we're serving up a
true brunch item: Chef Mickey's Breakfast Pizza.
Is it pizza? Is it breakfast?
It's both! The recipe
is made from eggs, cheese, and a
pizza crust, so it's essentially a cheese
omelet on pizza crust, making it a very easy,
very delicious recipe.
First, as always get your mis
en place ready. It's
pretty basic this time:
One 12-inch precooked pizza
' cup coarsely grated mozzarella
' cup coarsely grated provolone
1 cup coarsely grated cheddar
(OR 2 cups of any cheese blend
' tsp salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
Optional: diced fresh vegetables
and other toppings: tomatoes, spinach, broccoli,
mushrooms, peppers, pepperoni, bacon, etc.
*Brent Dodge's Breakfast Pizza:
For those of you who watched
of the W.E.D.nesday Show,
you know that Brent accidentally used
sour cream instead of
heavy cream with successful results.
I have chosen to try both.
I'll be discussing the results after we
I thought we had all the cheeses
Chef Mickey suggests, but I lacked provolone so
I substituted with grated parmesan instead.
If you want to make your own cheese
blend, I suggest balancing between soft cheeses
and hard cheeses. Soft
cheeses are those like mozzarella while hard are
those like parmesan.
I was a bit bored with the
recipe (sorry, Mickey!), so I decided to add
some color, flavor, and nutrients in the form of
fresh vegetables and greens with some chiffonade
spinach (quick chop the greens like shredded
lettuce) and diced tomato.
Preheat your oven to 375F. Place the pizza crust on a
In a medium bowl, blend the
In a small bowl, with a fork, beat
together the eggs and the heavy cream, and
season with the salt and the pepper.
Add to the cheese mixture.
Heavy cream on
left, sour cream on right.
For the Brent Dodge experiment, I used 1/8 cup
heavy cream and 1/8 cup sour cream each with one
egg and 1 cup of the blended cheese mixture.
avoid clumping, transfer the cheese mixture to
the pizza shell. Note:
you do need to mix fast and add the mixture to
the crust because the drier
grated cheese absorb the moisture from
the eggs and cream like a sponge.
If you let it sit too long, it will be a
bit difficult to spread it on the crust.
Add the additional toppings before
baking. Have fun with the
garnishes as seen below:
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or
until the cheese mixture is set and is beginning
to brown. Caution: if you
added fresh veggies such as tomatoes, you may
need to bake a little longer.
The water from the tomatoes increased the
moisture content of the recipe, so a longer bake
time is needed to evaporate some of the moisture
and allow the egg and cheese mixture to set.
It took me about 15 minutes to bake.
Serve hot, cut into wedges.
This pizza was quite a delicious
breakfast treat. The egg and
cheese in this recipe is perfectly balanced,
with neither overpowering the other, making it
great for those who aren't really fans of eggs.
There was a bit of a difference between
the heavy cream and sour cream as they are
essentially the same product, though I noticed
the pizza with the heavy cream was smoother,
creamier and leant more to an eggy flavor.
sour cream pizza had a fuller texture and
flavor, with the tartness of the sour cream
rounding out the flavor with the creamy cheeses.
I recommend using sour cream for those
who aren't a big fan of eggs as the heavy cream
version definitely tasted more like eggs.
Either way, both were delicious and the
experiment was an interesting way to see the
effects of substituting ingredients.
Breakfast Pizza is part of this balanced
The great thing about Chef
Mickey's recipe is that not only is it easy to
do and delicious to eat, it's very versatile and
can be used as a base for hundreds of
combinations of flavors and ingredients.
Experiment at home with your favorite
ingredients and see what you get.
Want a sweeter, more breakfasty pizza?
cream cheese and sweet spices like
cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or
ground cloves. For the
meat lovers in the family, try topping with
breakfast meats such as bacon (regular, turkey,
breakfast sausage. For
a healthier breakfast, add lots of colorful
vegetables, diced, sliced, chopped, however you
like. The more (naturally)
colorful your meal, the healthier it will be.
Bon a petit!
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