Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rise and shine!

You have a little ball of that five-minute artisan bread dough stashed in the back of your fridge, right? Yes? Good. No? Well then go mix up a batch (not to be redundant, but it's fast---only takes, you know, like five minutes) and put it in the fridge.


Then this evening, pull a little container of cooked sausage from the freezer and set it on the kitchen counter to thaw. Grate a cup of cheddar cheese and a cup of mozzarella cheese and set them in covered bowls in the fridge. Brush a baking sheet with olive oil. Whisk together two eggs and a quarter cup of milk, a generous sprinkling of dried oregano and some black pepper. Put that bowl in the fridge, too. Go to bed.


In the morning, heat the oven to 400 degrees, roll out the blob of forgotten dough (or a hunk of the fresh dough), and sprinkle the oiled baking sheet with cornmeal. Place the dough on the sheet, using your fingers to press the dough thin, spreading it out so that it covers the bottom of the pan and up the sides a smidge.


Sprinkle the sausage over the dough, and then the cheddar cheese over the sausage. Next, drizzle on the egg mixture and top it off with the mozzarella. Bake the pizza for 10-20 minutes until the bottom has browned and the top is bubbly golden.


The variations are countless: sauteed veggies, bacon, caramelized onions, and plain cheese, just to name a few. If you want an eggier pizza, increase the eggs to four and add another half cup of milk, making sure your crust has a nice lip to hold the cheesy custard.

4 comments:

  1. Hmmm... I might need to try this! Now that our "breakfast sandwich" craze is over, the kids & I could use a new Monday-morning picker-upper. Altho' I will probably use my foccaccia bread recipe (I knead it in the bread machine; I know that's probably a bad word to you, but it's the only way I make bread) and substitute bacon for the sausage.

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  2. I am not one to knock bread machines, washing machines, or microwaves, but you really should take a peep at that five-minute bread because I have a hunch that it is even easier than anything you'll do with a bread machine. All you do is stir together 6 1/2 cups flour, 3 cups water, 1 T. salt, and 1 1/2 T. yeast---NO KNEADING INVOLVED. (See, I even have the recipe memorized!)

    We'll try bacon next since my kids reacted to the "burny" sausage and hardly ate anything and then fussed and cried all morning long because they were hungry and their silly mother was too much in her own world to actually LISTEN to them and FEED them something.

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    1. BWAHAHAHA. There are "starving children in Africa, and to make up for it, you better eat that. They would claw each other's eyes out to lick your fingers"... or something like that in the "mother's roledex of comments". ;)
      I've only just discovered your blog, looking for a homemade pizza sauce recipe. (Thanks for that, by the way!) ...*add another blog to my favorites list! :) Have a great day.

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