Pizza is one of those perfect foods that can and should be eaten at all hours of the day. And if you add enough veggies and use a whole grain crust, I would argue that it could be considered a balanced meal.
My friend Mandy introduced me to this flavor combination when visiting over the summer. I would have never thought to pair fresh rosemary with Pepper Jack cheese but they complement each other beautifully! As far as toppings you can get creative. I love to use a bunch of sweet peppers and red onion. Sweet peppers look real purty when you cut them into rings. Prosciutto is another great addition. It will get crispy like bacon in the oven. I didn't use it today as I was feeling "meated out" from a very gluttonous weekend. Both my husband and I had our holiday parties on Friday. While they were a total blast, I think I ate the caloric equivalent of three dinners.
Anyway here is an easy, roll out of bed, recipe for breakfast pizza. I've kept the quantities pretty loose as pre-made crusts and doughs can come in a lot of different sizes.
Rosemary & Pepper Jack Breakfast Pizza Recipe
1 pre-made whole wheat pizza crust / package pizza dough
1 package shredded Pepper Jack cheese
1 cup pizza sauce - avoid the canned varieties (lots of additives), Midi makes a tasty one with simple ingredients
2-3 different colors of sweet peppers
1/4 cup chopped red onion
1 handful (about 1/2 cup) of cherry or grape tomatoes, heirloom are fun if you can find them
1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
4 slices prosciutto (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 450° F, or as directed by the pizza crust packaging. Use a half tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pizza pan. Top the crust in an even layer of pizza sauce. Add a layer of cheese so that the sauce is totally covered, but don't use all of it.
Next add the chopped onion and rosemary. Slice up the peppers and tomatoes, and add these toppings evenly across the pizza. If you are using prosciutto, tear the slices up a bit. Sprinkle some more cheese on and then bake for about 15 minutes (or as per your crust's directions).
While the pizza bakes, pan fry the eggs sunny side up in the remaining olive oil. Cook the eggs over medium heat just until the whites are done and getting crispy, but the yolks are still runny. Top the pizza with your perfectly fried eggs just as you bring it out of the oven. You can also cook the eggs in the oven but it's a bit more complicated, and I am trying to keep this easy. If you want bonus points - this recipe on Epicurious explains how to cook them inside of onion rings. Top the pizza with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Let it cool for a few and then devourrrr!
Ta-da! Your morning just got 1000000 X better.