Morning Pizza

Photo by: Alexandra Gorn

It’s 2018 and I STILL can’t get pizza delivery at 8am

I’ve been working since 6 am-ish and I want pizza. I should be able to call my local pizza shop and order a beautiful pepperoni pie for delivery, and yet, I cannot. Why?

I’m sure it probably is due to the perceived lack of customers at this hour. But, if Dominos isn’t open, how do they know that people wouldn’t want pizza this early? I mean, common wisdom would tell you most people do not want a pizza for breakfast, but that is assuming all of your potential customers are normal and go to bed at 11pm. What about the night shift folks? What about those will strange schedules that makes 8am basically  their lunchtime.

I’m not singling out Dominos here. All of the major pizza proprietors are closed at this hour. Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa John’s, all closed. Who cares? None of those would be my first call anyway. Even Blackjack pizza–our semi-national/local joint– is closed. However, if one of these opened up a breakfast menu, I would totally try it, I would totally be in support of their corporate cash grab!

Now, I know it may be a difficult transition to open the ol’ pizza shop so early, and perhaps the customer base isn’t there yet. But, I am reminded of this quote from that one famous movie.

“If you bake it, they will come.” Kevin Costner – Blazing Saddles 

Here’s the thing, maybe folks don’t want a pepperoni and basil pie in the morning like I do. Maybe the “Meat Lovers” isn’t an appropriate food choice at 7 am.

What about breakfast pizza? Why wouldn’t your local shop offer up some breakfast pie delivered to your door or office? It’s perfect, a breakfast pie is basically toast (crust), some sauce (might be salsa), and a meat and cheese combo (or veggie, if you prefer). (See below for my Bangin’ Breakfast Pizza recipe.

Regardless, it’s amazing that in this country of excess and in this time of convenience and delivery, we can’t get pizza. I can get tons of stuff delivered to my door, right now. Hell, I could even get McDonald’s breakfast delivered, which brings up a great case study. McDonald’s, for years, denied the breakfast at night crowd! Finally, they succumbed to the pressure of stoners, comedians, musicians, and others, who basically proved that not all of us eat the tidy “Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner” at what you might consider “normal” hours.

And now, something only 90s kids will get: The best pizza song evah!


 

Until the future happens and we can get pizza delivered, hot and fresh to our door at 8 am, here is a recipe for you to make your own.

Bangin’ Breakfast Pizza recipe

Ingredients:

14-16 oz. pizza dough – (store-bought Pillsbury crust is fine, but homemade is best)
6 ounces breakfast sausage
¼ cup green peppers
½ cup sliced red onion

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons AP or “00” flour
1 cup milk or half & half
5 Large eggs, cracked and whisked

½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup of parmesan (if you have it)
palmful of dried crushed Mexican oregano (if you have it)

Instructions:

Heat Oven to 450F

Roll dough into a 14” round (or 12” x 14” rectangle).
Brush dough with Olive Oil and let rest on a flour-dusted pan (square or pizza pan)
Heat 1 tbs. of butter to medium in a large skillet or saute pan

Saute green peppers and onions until softened
Add sausage (or ham), crumble with a spatula
Cook sausage just under brown stirring, onions, peppers (about 5 minutes)

Drain fat and transfer mixture to a bowl
Make the roux – on medium-low, mix and heat 2 tbs. of butter and 2 tbs. of flour
Remove pan from heat and whisk in ½ cup of 2% milk or Half and Half

Place pan back on the burner and continually stir until sauce is thickened.
Pour mixture into a bowl, set aside
Place pizza crust pan in oven for pre-baking.

Clean pan on just under medium heat -1 tbs. of butter until just before brown 1-2 min
Add whisked eggs and do not touch until the liquid becomes solid around edges
Using a silicone spatula, scrape eggs toward the middle while swirling the pan.

Do this until eggs are just set and but liquid on top.
Flip eggs over for 15 seconds, stir in roux sauce and remove from heat

Assemble: pull out the crust, spread egg mixture, top with sausage/pepper mixture
Sprinkle cheese on top, cracked pepper, palm of Mexican oregano, place in oven
Bake at 425 for 15-18 minutes until cheese is browned and edges are crispy
Dip in salsa, guacamole, ENJOY!

I hope you get your pizza wish.