Bacon and Egg Pizza
If you’ve ever had a hankering for pizza for breakfast, this recipe is exactly what you need. With a topping of creamy ricotta, runny eggs and plenty of crisp bacon, this white pizza doesn’t need tomato sauce to give it pizazz. The flavors are a little like a carbonara, with the mozzarella and ricotta making it extra creamy.
- Serves: 2 persons
- 4ounces thick-cut bacon (4 to 6 slices)
- ⅔cup ricotta cheese
- 1clove garlic, finely grated or minced
- ¼teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1(9- to 10-ounce) ball of regular or whole-wheat pizza dough, room temperature (see recipe)
- 1 ½cups shredded fresh mozzarella
- ⅛teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for serving
- 8basil leaves, plus more for serving
- 3tablespoons grated pecorino Romano
- 2large eggs, cold
- Flaky sea salt, for serving
- Extra-virgin olive oil, for serving
Step 1Heat the oven to 450 degrees, and arrange racks in top and bottom thirds. Place a pizza stone on the top rack.
Step 2Arrange bacon in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake on bottom rack until browned and crisp, 7 to 11 minutes. Using tongs, transfer bacon to paper-towel-lined plate to cool, then slice into bite-size pieces.
Step 3Raise oven temperature to 500 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together ricotta, garlic and salt.
Step 4On a rimmed baking sheet, stretch dough into an 11-inch circle, about 1/8-inch thick. Sprinkle with mozzarella, leaving a slim border around edges. Scatter bacon on top, add red pepper flakes, then dollop tablespoons of ricotta mixture all over pie. Arrange basil leaves on top, then sprinkle with pecorino.
Step 5Place baking sheet on top of pizza stone, and bake for 4 minutes. (Edges of dough should be cooked but not browned.) Remove from oven; use the back of a large spoon to make 2 divots on either side of pizza, and crack eggs into the divots. Return to oven and bake until egg whites are almost but not quite set, about 4 minutes. Set oven to broil, and broil until crust is charred and eggs are cooked but yolks are runny, 30 seconds to 1 minute. (If your broiler is in a separate drawer, transfer baking sheet to your broiler drawer and broil to finish cooking the eggs and brown the crust.)
Step 6Slide pizza onto a cutting board. Top with more basil, flaky sea salt and more red pepper flakes. Drizzle with oil and serve immediately.