Saturday, April 14, 2007

Breakfast Pizza

I took the pictures (okay, I know my pictures are legendary... and not in a good way!) for this post a month or so ago, because my kids ask me at least once a week if I have posted this yet. I was reminded this morning when I asked what everyone wanted for breakfast and heard a resounding "Breakfast pizza!" from the girls. Like most of my recipes, this one, of course comes with a story... so here they are (the story and the recipe).


Like many families who are on a food budget with many mouths to feed, I was always looking for ways to save money while providing good quality food for my family. Many of those cost-cutting strategies, I still use today (I can't help it, I am always looking for a bargain!). I know which day the Harris Teeter marks down their meat specials so that I can stock up on things that I always use or to get something special like lamb chops or scallopini veal that might not ordinarily fit in my food budget. Most supermarkets mark down their meat right after their specials change in order to get rid of meat near its buy-by date. As long as it is properly packaged, if you buy by the date on the package, the meat is perfectly good for use in the next day or two or, as I usually do, to freeze. However, I digress.



We have been very lucky to have an Entenmann's bread thrift store that carries Arnold breads and Entenmann's cakes and baked goods. One day when we were doing our bread shopping there, they had Boboli pizza crusts. The lady behind the counter told us that lots of her elderly customers used the crusts to make a breakfast pizza, using egg, sausage and cheese. Well, once we tried this, I was destined to use my Boboli stash almost exclusively for breakfast pizza. With teens and tweens in the house, they are always running late getting to school at the last minute, and this is something that they can grab running out the door. My daughter Katie loves it since she can eat it on the run and leftovers are good for lunch or dinner, too. I love it because, depending on what you have, it can be different every time. You just need eggs , some meat and some cheese, and whatever else suits your your fancy(I sometimes add chopped onions and peppers). Its a great recipe for playing with food!





Thrift Store Breakfast Pizza



1 large Boboli pizza crust (we like the thin, but use whatever your family likes)

2 beaten or 2/3 cup Eggbeaters

1 cup of meat (I have used chopped deli ham, sliced brown and serve sausages, cooked loose sausage, crumbled bacon, even deli turkey chopped up)

1 - 1 1/2 cups grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, pepper jack, mozzarella,whatever you like is good)


Place crust on baking sheet and preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pour egg or Eggbeaters on crust and spread over the top of crust evenly. Spread grated cheese over top and bake in 350 degree oven for 15- 20 minutes or until eggs are set and cheese is melted and bubbly. And if you are like my family, grab a slice and go!

14 comments:

Passionate Eater said...

That is a fantastic idea about paying attention to when the supermarkets mark down their meat! I would love to use that tip for purchasing lamb shanks and seafood. And you've piqued my interest about those Boboli crusts. The breakfast pizza sounds like it has pizzazz!

Deborah Dowd said...

Passionate Eater- WHile seafood is a bit more iffy, I have often gtten the 2-lb bags of large flash-frozen easy peel shrimp for $5.99/bag. Needless to say, I bought several bags for my freezer!

I never use the Boboli crusts oherwise, but I think you will like the recipe (if you can call it that!)

Ronnie at Around the Table said...

I love breakfast pizzas. I always make a hash brown pizza (with carmelized onions) whenever we have friends over for brunch.

Sara said...

What a great idea, my husband would love this!

Deborah Dowd said...

Ronnie at the Round Table- Your hashbrown version sounds great!

Sara- Give it a try, I think you'll like it ad it is really easy to make!

Kristen said...

I am so horrible about watching circulars and knowing the specials around town. I think it is such a talent...one that missed me but one I could definitely afford to learn.
This looks like a great recipe!

Susan said...

I haven't been to an Entenmann's in years! We used to go all the time when I was a kid growing up in RI. It brought back so many memories when I read it--thanks!

I love the idea of breakfast pizza too. It's fast, healthy, and fun. What could be better?

Glenna said...

That's a great idea! I love it! Thanks for sharing.

Freya and Paul said...

That's a great post! I love the sound of the Boboli Crust too! Don't show my husband though or he'll be baying for pizza for breakfast!

Deborah Dowd said...

Kristen- I am not a couponer either- I just know the market I use most really well.
Susan- Boboli crusts, pita bread and English muffins are what we buy the most.
Glenna- easy and versatile- give it a try!
Freya and Paul- I won't tell, but that doesn't help if he reads this himself!

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I use Boboli for pizza lots for dinner but never thought of it for breakfast. Excellent idea.

Bridget Dowd said...

I LOVE breakfast pizza!!!! you should make it...say tomorrow morning...love you mom!!!

Deborah Dowd said...

Bridget- THanks for checking out my blog! I love you too!

manish said...

I like breakfast pizzas. Sounds great!!