Many of us growing up probably had that night out of the week where breakfast was being served for dinner. I know when I was growing up, it was a fairly exciting night to have breakfast for dinner. Maybe it was the idea that we were going to have bacon, or pancakes with that bacon, or heck even the sweet syrup to be poured on top of both the pancakes, and the bacon. Well, you get it. Breakfast for dinner is always exciting and it still is in my family.
I will admit that we are back in the full swing of things. The kids are all back in school and my wife and I are extremely busy trying to get out of the door on time, and with that said, the kids are not always getting a warm breakfast. I will also admit that I think breakfast is a very important meal of the day and can set the right mood in most everyone. Granted, by kids are not without food. They are eating bowls of cereal for the most part, keeping them occupied until lunch. So, it is always a good deal, and I know that my kids get excited when we are able to have breakfast for dinner.
This past week prompted a question I always get from my oldest son when he walks through the door ‘Hey Dad, what’s for dinner?’. Breakfast, I said, and as they all overheard that, you could sense the excitement. What they did not know, is that it was not your standard pancakes and bacon, but instead, a pizza idea I had in mind.
See, pizza is becoming a weekly standard in my house. Batching out the dough is no problem and when you come home from work, everything is pretty much ready. The cool thing about pizza night, is that the dough is your canvas, and you are the artist. Endless thoughts and ideas come into play, and is why I thought I would offer breakfast pizza to my kids.
Let’s get started.
- Homemade pizza dough, or store bought if you prefer
- 3 breakfast sausages, uncooked, casing removed
- 1 yukon gold potato, thinly sliced
- 1 clove of garlic, smashed
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 large egg
- pinch of salt
- pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp light corn meal
Begin by heating a small sauce pan on medium to low heat. Add in the oil and the garlic clove, and let it cook on low for about 20 minutes.
During this time, add the sliced potatoes to a pot of boiling water. Turn off the heat and let the potatoes cook for about 3-5 minutes before removing them with a slotted spoon. Lightly pat dry.
Preheat your oven to 475-500 degrees, with a pizza stone in the oven as well.
Roll out your dough into the size you prefer, and the thickness you prefer. I like thin crust, but that’s me.
If you have a pizza wheel, use it. Lightly dust with the corn meal and add your rolled out pizza dough to the top.
Brush the garlic oil all over the dough. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Top with the thinly sliced potatoes, dollops of the sausage, and add the cheese. Open the oven, and gently slide the pizza onto the stone. The corn meal really helps in this effort.
Slide the stone out a bit, and crack the egg, right in the middle. Slide everything in the oven, close, and cook for about 12-17 minutes, until the cheese is nice and bubbly and the crust is a golden brown.
Once cooked, remove to your pizza pan, slice, and serve.
You should have seen one of my kids expressions. It was priceless. He was so excited, and he never had seen an egg on a pizza before! That bite was all his. Every bite was delicious as well. Breakfast in a bite. It doesn’t get any better than that. Enjoy!