Blog Post - Breakfast
I've been gone from these pages a while! I have been busy with my real life, not this fantasy pizza guy life. I've been working out of town a bit and when available, racing around to my kid's sporting events! I thought life was busy when they were little! It's funny how your perspective changes to catch up to reality. One day you look back and almost always laugh at what you were thinking while going through something. Remember worrying if your kid would ever stop sucking their thumb? Eventually that stuff all works itself out and you often only realize that after the time is gone and you are looking backwards wishing it was here again.
Anyway, I wanted to throw a quick post up about my first homemade pizza in a while! I was just in San Francisco and was lucky enough to find my way over to Tony Gemignani's and Delfina Pizzeria a couple of times. The stand out pizza for me was Tony's Detroit Style Red Top which we added sausage and caramelized onions to. Hold the presses, this is a must try pizza! The crust is a thick one, but it's puffy, light and delicious at the same time. I had it more than once while in town - taking some clients there, and circling back 2 other times! It was cooked to perfection with little crispy burnt tips of crust and cheese. At Delfina my favorite was the Clam Pie! It may not sound as exciting, but it was. It was a simple pizza with a superb crispy thin crust. The sauce had a little bite while being almost sweet and very fresh tasting. There were just enough clams and a sprinkle of grated parmesan. It was my friend Greg's first non cheese topped pizza that he's ever liked. It was delicious.
So, I'm back in town now. I had a dough ball in the freezer and took it out the night I got home.
In the morning, I turned on the oven and set the dough on the counter. Kids off to school -- it was now time to throw a breakfast pizza together. No eggs! Oh well, what to do. What did we have? I realized I hadn't thought this through the night before. I thought about putting the dough back and getting some ingredients and making the pizza later that day.
Ok, that's interesting - sounds like breakfast! We had mozzarella, but an aged white cheddar caught my interest. I was thinking that maybe I'd blend it with the Mozzarella, but decided to just go with the cheddar. Ok, this will be an herb oil base and I was off to the races.
My wife had to leave for some appointments and as I was moving to start my pizza making process I realized that my camera was in her car! Could I just make a pizza and not take pictures?! What if this was the one?! I know it's not really possible, because there's always another one, but it could be the temporary ONE I've been searching for - you never know. I did have my trusty iPhone! Someone told me that the iPhone is the camera that takes the most pictures of any other type of camera now. The pics didn't come out half bad.
Once you get in the habit of making dough and freezing it, it's not that difficult to throw a single pizza together. You do need to think ahead enough to get the dough out with enough time to thaw, but those steps don't take much effort at all - just a little planning.
Here's my impromptu Breakfast Pizza that I whipped up.
A Quick Breakfast Pizza
- Pizza Dough
*I had a Fire Roasted Mesquite Dough that I had made up a few weeks ago. I will post a demo of that next week.
- Peter's Herb Oil
- Grated Aged White Cheddar
- Canadian Bacon
- Sliced Red Onion
- Salt Packed Capers to finish
Getting things done:
Pre-heat the oven to 550 and before you start cooking the pizza, change it to convection bake.
Spread out the dough and layer with the herb oil, cheese and top with the Canadian Bacon and sliced onion.
While the pizza is cooking, rinse off some of the capers and chop them up. When the pizza comes out of the oven, sprinkle the capers over the pizza.
Slice and serve!
This pizza was surprisingly good. I say "surprisingly" because I just used what was in my fridge that seemed like they would taste good and satisfy my breakfast quest that morning and I was happily surprised! Had my wife made sure there was an egg in the house, this would have been a great addition to this pizza! *Insert smile here :)!!! Add that to your list if you make this one.
The ham and the cheese both had some deeper flavors. The richness of the cheddar pulled out the smokiness in this otherwise simple ham. The salty briny capers were also a terrific accent that brought a lighter brighter note to the taste profile!
My wife came home and snagged the last slice. She looked at me and said, "That's really good!" It was even better when hot!
Enjoy the Iphone photos!