By Ernest Barteldes
Before you start reading this and get all judgmental, let me tell you: I am not talking about reheating that pizza you ordered and were unable to finish with the coincidence of not having anything to eat in the fridge the next day. This is an actual recipe of pizza you can have for breakfast, even though it’s hard to believe.
I understand how you might be ready to stop reading right now and think that this writer has finally gone mad after posting so many articles on social media about the benefits of drinking vodka and tequila (though I hardly ever have any of those) but be patient – when I first heard about this I thought it was pretty insane too.
A few years ago I downloaded a culinary app called Univision Delicioso, which was the mobile version of a cooking show they used to air on the aforementioned Spanish-language channel. It was very useful since it included a bilingual ingredient dictionary, a selection of recipes categorized by ingredients and events and other curiosities. For whatever reason, the network discontinued the app and now they have a more generic kind that navigates you through different shows without any specific direction.
When I selected the breakfast option, I came across a “breakfast pizza” recipe, which I thought was a bit insane – I mean, who had ever thought of cracking eggs over a pizza pie with veggies. I was slightly curious anyway and saved it, but the idea was out of my mind for a while until Renata and I went to brunch at a Chelsea-area restaurant that — yes, included breakfast pizza on the menu.
I simply couldn’t resist and immediately ordered it – and it was surprisingly good. The crust was thin, the eggs were just right and everything else just blended in perfectly, so I decided to make it someday.
I have included the recipe on our Sunday rotation and even Renata – who is not a big fan of pizza – says she enjoys it a lot. The trick is finding the right pizza crust if you are not the kind of person who will do it from scratch. It is a nice variation on eggs and toast without really going against the grain.
Breakfast Pizza (Pizza de desayuno)
Source: Univision Delicioso
1 pizza crust
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup Parmesan, grated.
4 slices prosciutto
½ cup fresh spinach, cut coarsely
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 425F Place crust on baking sheet covered with waxed paper. Using a brush, spread olive oil over crust, and add mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake for 6-8 minutes until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and using a spoon, make four spaces for the eggs, and crack one egg into each space. Cover the pie with prosciutto and spinach and season with salt and pepper. Return to oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes until eggs are set. Cut and serve immediately.