Thursday, January 22, 2015

Egg, Pepper and Portobello Breakfast Pita Pizza






     Pita Pizza For Breakfast!
     Breakfast pita pizzas are a cool way to start a day!  A breakfast pita pizza that only takes minutes to cook is a hip item in any language!

     I lived in Pittsburgh in the 1960's when I was a little kid.  Memories of steel mill workers drinking beer and eating pizzas in the living room while playing cards on a Friday night, was par for the course in Pittsburgh back in those days.
     When Saturday morning rolled around, the bleary eyed crew ate the stale dried up leftover pizza and drank the the warm leftover flat beer for breakfast.  That was a Pittsburg steel mill worker's fine dining breakfast in the old days!

     For some people, cold leftover stale pizza in the morning does appeal to senses when bleary eyed.  In a house full of party animal college students, somebody usually stands there munching on a slice of long dead cold pizza like a zombie staring blankly into the distance.  About that time, a roommate walks by and says, "How is it?"  
     Inquiring about the status of the old dried up pizza is kind of a question that a stone age cave dweller would ask, if that early morning hunter gatherer had never eaten that animal species before.  Usually the answer to the question was, "It tastes like lousy dried up pizza."
     Of course since neanderthals take negative words as a cue for something edible in the morning, no matter how bad the cold leftover pizza may be, taking charge of the situation is necessary.  "Good.  Save me a slice!"

    Since cold leftover pizza in the morning appeals to so many people, it only makes sense that a warm fresh breakfast pizza of any kind would be a smash hit.  Since relatively few home cooks are willing to spend a couple hours making pizza dough from scratch early in the morning, the easiest breakfast pizza to make is a pita bread pizza.
     All that needs to be done is to spread tomato sauce on the flat bread, place some appealing breakfast food on the sauce, top it off with cheese and pop it in the oven for a few minutes.  Viola!  A mouth watering aromatic Breakfast Pita Pizza, instead of plain old lumpy cream of wheat in the morning!    
     
  
     Pizza Sauce:
     This recipe yields enough sauce for 2 to 3 pita pizzas, depending on the size.
     Traditionally, pizza sauce is not cooked.  It is mixed cold.  The sauce cooks on the pizza while it is in the oven.  For a breakfast pizza, the amount of garlic can be cut back a little bit if necessary.
     Place 1 cup of imported Italian crushed plum tomato in a small mixing bowl.
     Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
     Add 2 cloves of minced garlic.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Add 2 pinches of oregano.
     Add 1 pinch of crushed dried red pepper.  (optional)
     Stir the ingredients together.

     Pizza Cheese Mixture:
     This recipe yields enough for 2 to 3 pita pizzas.
     Just because its a pita pizza, does not mean that cheese mixture has to be plain!
     Place 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella in a mixing bowl.
     Add 1/2 cup of grated provolone.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely grated romano.
     Add 1 tablespoon of finely grated parmesan.

     Egg, Pepper and Portobello Breakfast Pita Pizza:
     This recipe yields 1 breakfast pita pizza!
     Cooking the eggs loose and runny will ensure that the eggs will be moist after baking in the oven.
     Step 1:  Spread a thin layer of the pizza sauce on an 8" to 10" wide pita bread and set it aside.
     Step 2:  Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of unsalted butter.
     Add 2 whisked eggs.
     Cook the eggs, till they become loosely scrambled and so they are still runny.
     Place the scrambled eggs on the pita pizza, so they are evenly distributed.
     Step 3:  Sprinkle some of the cheese mixture on the pita pizza.  (About 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup.  Too much cheese results in the cheese running off of the pita bread when it is baked.)
     Step 4:  Sprinkle some mixed diced red bell pepper and diced green bell pepper on the pita pizza.
     Place a few portobello mushroom slices on the pita pizza, so it looks nice.
     Drizzle a tiny amount of virgin olive oil over the toppings.  (About 2 teaspoons.)
     Sprinkle 1 pinch of oregano over the pita pizza.
     Step 5:  Place the pita pizza on a pizza pan.
     Bake in a 400ºF oven, till the toppings become cooked and till the cheese melts.  (A few golden brown highlights on the cheese is best for a breakfast pita pizza.)
     Step 6:  Slide the finished pita pizza onto a cutting board.
     Cut the pita pizza it into 4 slices.
     Slide the breakfast pita pizza slices on a serving plate.
     Garnish with a few Italian Parsley leaves.
 
     The aroma is pure breakfast pizza heaven!     

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