A few things I will gladly admit I’m not good at:
Cutting my own bangs. It’s true. I tried it a few days ago because I was too lazy to drive 5 minutes to my hairdresser for a trim….aaaand now I’m grateful bobbi pins were invented. Not good at cutting bangs/fringe. Check.
I’m not good at moving furniture, lifting heavy boxes, using a drill, etc. Last week I tried to hang curtains and broke out in a sweat which lead to lots of cursing. I’m convinced that this is why boys were invented.
Lastly (because I’m just about perfect at everything else), grilling stuff. There are so many variables with a charcoal grill. Where is the hottest part of the grill? When are the coals hot enough? Why is there so much stupid smoke? Dangit, there isn’t a thermometer on the cover…blah blah blah. So basically what I’m saying is that this Grilled Breakfast Pizza stressed me out. But I did it. And it was totally worth it. And since I lived to tell about it, I can tell you exactly what you’re not supposed to do and everything you should do so you end up with an amazing pizza. Ready? Annnnd let’s begin….
Alright grilling pizza goes super fast, so you wanna get all your toppings prepped and ready to go. The trick with grilling pizza is you want to put the toppings on when the dough is on the grill.
So you’re gonna start with getting your grill nice and hot. If you’re using a smallish grill, make sure to put all the coals to one side of the grill so you have an area that isn’t super hot. You’ll need this later.
Then you’re gonna put your dough on the hottest part of the grill. Now watch it carefully. Check it about every 30 seconds, making sure it doesn’t burn. You want the grill marks, but you don’t want it charred.
You’re going to then flip it and move it to the a place on the grill that doesn’t have a direct flame. Then you’re going to crack the eggs onto the dough. When I cracked the eggs on the pizza they wouldn’t stay put, and almost slide off the dough into the grill. I was one egg dropping away from a grilling meltdown. But they didn’t and they stayed. So if this happens to you, don’t fret–it’ll allll work out.
Place the grill’s lid on for 2-3 minutes. When the eggs look like they’re just about set, add the cheese, bacon and salt and pepper. Cover for another 1-2 minutes or just until cheese is melted. Move promptly from the grill and then sprinkle with the parsley, chives and scallions. Voila. You just made an awesome Grilled Breakfast Pizza. This means you’re a genius. The end.
Grilled Breakfast Pizza
Recipe adapted from The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook
Makes 1 pizza
Now, I know the title of this recipe has the word “breakfast” in it, but please, don’t let that stop you from making this for lunch and/or dinner. This pizza is really an anytime meal. Also, you may think I’m a gigantic genius, but I actually learned how to grill pizza from this post over at The Kitchn. Hop on over for step-by-step pictures. I followed the instructions loosely, catering it to this recipe since it dealt with needing to cook the eggs longer.
3 bacon strips
12 ounce pizza dough (This is my go-to recipe)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 cups grated mozzarella (low moisture* this is important!)
Freshly ground black pepoer
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon minced chives
1 whole scallion, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 shallot, minced (I didn’t have a shallot on hand so I skipped it)
Generously dust the surface of your kitchen counter with flour and roll pizza dough to a 1/4 inch thickness. Drizzle both sides of dough with olive oil and set aside on a plate. Gather all the toppings and dough and move outside next to the grill.
Once your grill is nice and hot, place the pizza dough on the hottest part of the grill, making sure to check it every 30 seconds or so to ensure proper cooking. Once grill marks appear, flip it and move the dough to a place on the grill that does not have direct heat. Crack the three eggs onto the dough and cover for 2-3 minutes. Once the eggs are just about set, sprinkle the cheese, bacon and salt and pepper. Cover for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Move promptly to a plate and sprinkle with parsley, chives and parsley.
*If you’re not in the mood to spark up the grill, then here’s the way to cook it in the oven. My advice is to get yourself a “pizza stone” from Loews or Home Depot. Simply pre-heat your oven to 450˙F, roll out the dough, crack the eggs on top, sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese, then add the pieces of bacon and salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes, checking on it after 5 minutes and rotating it if necessary. When the crust is golden, the cheese is melted and the eggs yolks are cooked to medium, remove from the oven.