Breakfast Pizza

The holidays are arriving.  Breakfast pizza is great for a crowd or a hungry few.  You can prepare the dough, meats and shred your cheese the night before.  Wake up and throw it together the next day.  For this pizza I use my cast iron or stainless steel skillet.  You can do any combination of meats/veggies you want.  We generally do sausage and Canadian bacon for the meat combo. Bacon is also a nice touch.

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Breakfast Pizza

Preheat oven to 475 degrees

4 pieces of bacon, cut in 1/2 inch pieces
4 pieces of Canadian bacon, cut in quarters (I use ham too, cut into 1/2 inch pieces)
3-4 ounces ground breakfast sausage
1 small onion, chopped
1 small green or red bell pepper, chopped
4 eggs
1-2 Tablespoons milk
1 Tablespoon butter, softened to brush over pizza dough
Mozzarella, Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese (1-2 cups depending on size of dough)

1.  Fry bacon until crisp, remove from fry pan with slotted spoon and place on paper towel.
2.  Fry sausage until done, also remove from fry pan and place on paper towel.
3.  Whisk eggs with 2 Tablespoons milk.
4.  Spread pizza dough in greased stainless steel or cast iron skillet. (you could use a 9×13 pan too.  It has to have some edging so the egg doesn’t drip off the top. I’ve done that, it makes a mess!)
5.  Brush dough with softened or melted butter.
6.  Top pizza dough with sausage, onion, pepper, bacon, Canadian bacon, pour egg mixture over the meat and add cheese of your choice.
7.  Bake 20-30 minutes or until bottom crust is golden brown.

That is it.  You will really enjoy this pizza.  Simple and delicious!

Kyufte (Bulgarian Meatball)

Last time I posted this recipe was 2012!  I made these meatballs over the weekend and changed the recipe a bit.  They are even better now.  Martin said they reminded him of the ones his grandfather made.  Must be the savory.   That is the new ingredient added over the weekend. Either way, with or without savory, they are simple and delicious!  Enjoy!

Kyufte

1 # ground pork (you can use a combo of pork and ground beef if you like. I don’t.)
1 small onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin (I tend to use a bit more.  I love that flavor!)
1 teaspoon savory (if you do not have, that’s fine.  It adds a nice flavor though. For a substitution you could use thyme.  I would use 1/2 teaspoon.)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Flour
Vegetable Oil

1.  Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.

2. Form each portion into a small meatball and flatten.  Not too big, about 2 inches in width. (you can make them into a normal size burger or meatball, too.  We like them smaller.)

3.  You can grill or fry, whatever is easiest for you.  If frying, add 1 Tablespoon oil to pan.  Depending on the size fry/grill 2-4 minutes each side. When frying I dip each side in flour before placing in frying pan.

We also use this recipe in a gyro.  We use pita bread and fill with the mixture along with a couple of french fries, topped with cabbage and cheese spread (no cheese spread, just feta will do!)  Here is the link to Palichinko, the Bulgarian cheese spread; https://fauxchef5.wordpress.com/2014/12/27/palichinko-spread/

Martin used to enjoy this quick meal when he lived with his grandparents in Sofia.  Always nice to bring back some fond memories in your kitchen for those you love.