Monday, March 3, 2008

Sausage and Egg Pizza - Fundamentally Delicious

I know what some of you are thinking. Eggs are for breakfast, and pizza is for dinner, and never the twain shall meet. I used to think like that. There was a time, early in my career, when I was a culinary fundamentalist. Chocolate was a candy, and not something one added to a sauce for short ribs (see post below). But, like all fundamentalists, I was missing out on a lot of pleasure. So, if your rigid belief system prevents you from giving this pizza a spin, then it's your loss. This is a truly magnificent pizza.

I first saw pizza topped with eggs in the Chez Panisse Café cookbook. Alice Waters, the chef of Chez Panisse, and one of my personal heroes, used eggs to top a similar pizza using proscuitto instead of sausage. I decided to try it, and it was a transcendent experience. The golden yolks oozing slowly over the spicy sausage and melted cheese is TDF (to die for). I hope you give this a try. Which reminds me to warn you that it may take a few tries to achieve the perfectly cooked eggs. But, when you do, there is bliss. Enjoy.



Ingredients:
pizza dough (enough for 1 large pizza), brought to room temperature
2 tbsp cornmeal
3/4 cup pizza sauce
red pepper flakes (optional)
6-oz shredded fontina cheese (may substitute mozzarella, or Monterey Jack)
6-oz hot or mild Italian sausage, sliced, cooked, drained
4 whole eggs
black pepper, to taste
1/3 cup grated Parmesan
baby arugula, washed and dried
olive oil


31 comments:

hkfreak said...

You got Pizza Sauce on your site...in fact, I remember it as the same post as your dough's!

Chef John said...

Yes, the dough link takes you to all 3 parts of the pizza post. I guess I should link that ingredient also. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

hahaha, you like your eggs like you like your women huh?

And eggs on pizza...you did it again Chef John

Jairus said...

whoa thats aweome chef! eggs on a pizza sounds like the tastiest things ever. i've actually seen this before on a flyer for dominos when i was in japan. ps that was a joke right? bring it up a notch?...rachel ray?...right??

Jim Jones said...

Wow, That's next on my list of things to try from your site. I had eggs on pizza once while in Paris and didn't like it - but the whites were very runny. This version looks way better!

BTW, my kids are still raving about dinner last night - the Chicken Parm Bake. That's going tbe used a lot around our house, I bet.

Chef John said...

Jairus, yes, it was a joke. Japanese Dominos?? I'll have the extra large blowfish stuffed crust

Anonymous said...

Wow, this brings back memories.
I last saw an egg on a pizza when I was on my honeymoon in France 18 years ago. We were at the beach in a little resort town called Mimizan-Plage in the southwest corner of France. The pizza we ordered had red and green peppers, mushrooms, artichoke and a single egg in the middle and get this - the pizza was called a "California Sunshine".
Cheers, April

Chef John said...

a great memory, and a perfect name

PrimeBrit said...

Chef

I'm always looking for the healthy option. Thin crust, lycopene from the tomatoes, dairy from the cheese and excellent protein via the eggs... I can't think of a healthier option...

Thanks... Pizza everyday!

childsdish said...

Request - while you are on the subject of nonconventional pizzas - would you please demo the wonderful pizza with thin sliced potatoes on top? I had it once in SF, and have never seen it served anywhere since. No Corned Beef and Cabbage for me - this is what I want for my St Pats dinner.

Hillary said...

That does look rather good - I love Alice Waters! I met her, and she is just as much a genius in person!

reika said...

chef,

what's cornmeal?

Chef John said...

its ground corn

Maggie said...

So eggs are kinda like boobs, ey? :D

Chef John said...

I can't sneak anything bye you folks! ;)

Anonymous said...

The television shoe "The Odd Couple" once had an episode where the character Oscar ("the slob") ordered pizza with fried eggs on it...maybe he was really a misunderstood gourmand?

Chef John said...

I loved that show!!

Anonymous said...

glad to see someone else spreading the word of egg on pizza. i'm a huge fan. even have an alternative method as well to be used with deep dish chicago style pizza.

take left over slice of chicago stye deep dish pizza and warm one broiler to heat adn get cheese a little crustier and to toast the crust a little more(pay close attention not to burn the crust). while doing that, poach two eggs. take out the pizza, place poached eggs on top, add some fresh black pepper, grate some fresh parmesian cheese on top, and add a couple dashes of freshly chopped basil. that's my favorite breakfast!

cheers!

Anonymous said...

OH MAN its emeril lagasse not rachael ray!!!!

Chef John said...

Thanks I had no idea... emeril is the EVOO guy, right?

Buttle said...

14 minutes at 475???? Are you sure about that. I've made many pizza's at home and in my experience it would be one crispy critter after that.

I love the idea of the eggs on it! That sounds absolutely delish! I'll have to give it a try soon.

Chef John said...

That what it takes for me to get a nice crust 12-15 minutes depending on toppings.

Anonymous said...

I just made this pizza for dinner tonight - outstanding! Thanks, Chef John!!!

Rachel

Michael Telesa said...

Very wonderful Chef John! My Mom was very surprised by this dish, she doesn't like sunny side up eggs, or fried, but she turned out to love this dish!

Thanks again for a wonderful dinner ;)

Michael Telesca

Lauren said...

I was wondering if you could substitute proscuitto instead of sausage like the previous recipe you talked about had. DId you just like sausage more so thats why you substituted? Thanks!

Chef John said...

sure, it's great with any meat, whatever you like.

smr343 said...

Fantastic video! I've been googling to figure out when to add the egg. Thanks for all the pointers.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I grew up in Brazil where we have our variation of sausage and eggs, it's cooked with a lot of sauce. I think it would be perfect on top of a pizza., You've inspired me!

Lady_Ecila said...

Thanks Chef John! I made this pizza for a Sunday night's dinner and both my mom and dad (and me!) loved it. Neither my parents are big on pizza but this egg 'n pizza combination certainly won them over!

cookinmom said...

OH WOW!!! I gotta' try this on the grill. WOW!

kamel said...

pizza with eggs is a common here in vienna austria. they sell it with spinach or ham... delicious !!