Friday, December 14

Breakfast Pizza: brunch, lunch, or dinner

So I was trying to be creative. Its December and our food budget is being stretched by Christmas yada yada yada. But really I needed to make something for dinner tonight that my hubby could and would want to eat in the morning after his long 12 hr shift at work. So what sounds good for breakfast and dinner, AND tastes good reheated? Took me about 5 seconds.... pizza! Not just any pizza though.... why not make it really truly a brunch pizza by using hearty breakfast ingredients. 

I had recently read this recipe in a old magazine (Light & Tasty 2002) and thought it would be the perfect candidate to become dinner and breakfast for my family. I updated the original recipe to make it a bit more family friendly. Hopefully this updated twist is easier for others as well. Its not one of those earth shattering recipes that you remember forever because the food was so good. Its one of those recipes you remember because of how it brought your family together for a lazy weekend meal and or got everyone helping cut up potatoes or sprinkle cheese on over the top. My son personally thought I was crazy since I was putting eggs on the pizza. He had never seen anything like this before. His face was priceless!

pizza dough store bought, homemade, or a pre-baked crust even works
1/2 cup mild salsa (or spicy if you don't have to feed little ones)
2 russet brown potatoes, diced
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups shredded cheese, I used Monterrey jack
3 pieces of bacon, cooked
6 oz of reduced fat ground pork
3 eggs
2 T 1% milk or whatever you have 
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 heaping tsp ground cumin
1/4 heaping tsp ground chili powder
1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 of a green bell pepper, finely chopped


1. Dice the potatoes and microwave them for a minute (to cut down cooking time - this is optional)

2. Put them into a skillet with the diced onion

3. Add the olive oil to the skillet and let the potatoes brown and cook on med low or low for approx 10-15 minutes

4. Add the sausage to the skillet and break it into pieces as it cooks (approx 10 minutes on low). Add seasonings here - salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder

5.  If your bacon isn't precooked, do it now in the oven.

6. Add the chopped green pepper to the skillet and keep the skillet on low until the bacon is done or the pepper is heated all the way through - tender crisp. Crumble the cooked bacon into this meaty mixture. 

7. Remove the meat mixture from the skillet and set aside

8. Put eggs and milk in the same skillet. Whisk everything together and make scrambled eggs.

9. Start layering up the ingredients on the pizza dough. I par cooked my pizza dough at 500 degrees for 3 minutes. But if you are using an already cooked crust just start layering. 
The first layer is salsa. Second layer is 1/2 cup cheese. Third layer is scrambled eggs. Fourth layer is the meaty mixture. The fifth and final layer is the rest of the cheese. Bake at 500 degrees for approx 6-8 minutes. Cheese should be melted and everything should be golden brown.  

The verdict 
The taste tests are in. After having this for dinner, and then a piece or two the next day for breakfast with my hubby, I say go for it. My husband thought the pizza was good. Nothing spectacular but so much better than cold cereal or a greasy drive thru breakfast sandwich. He hadn't had any the day of fresh out of the oven, so it was nice that reheating the pizza didn't make it lose flavor, or get, you know, gross. Not everything is guaranteed to be good the next day. This one was a gamble that I won! 

From my kitchen to yours! 

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