Saturday, November 16, 2013
Pizza (and a Friend) to the Rescue!
As I've mentioned before, one of the true drawbacks to having a child is that my brain no longer can manage its usual everyday level of function. And as such, figuring out dinner can be a really bad scene, especially when I haven't planned ahead. On this day, I had planned exactly as far as "pizza", which gave me a complete false sense of confidence in dinner because once the appointed hour rolled around I realized I had absolutely no idea what to put on the pizza (given that there were no sausages in the fridge or freezer, something I hadn't bothered to check). So I did what everyone should do in desperate times, I begged for help. I e-mailed a friend a short list of what was in my fridge and she sent back a step-by-step list of what I should use and how. In this list was included absolutely no judgment or shaming for the fact that I needed someone to tell me to move my right foot, move my left foot, just helpful advice. So, thanks to my friend, I not only made dinner, I made an amazing dinner. And I will share the love with you. Just in case you're having the kind of day the necessitates someone else making the decisions for you.
1/3 recipe dough
3-4 C washed, chopped kale (ribs removed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 C finely chopped onion
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 C grated mozzerella
6 slices of bacon, crisped (you know, cooked until crispy) and chopped into bits.
cornmeal for sprinkling on pan.
Preheat your oven to 450 F. Roll out your dough. Sprinkle your baking sheet with cornmeal. Carefully place dough on baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes or until it just starts to crisp up (we do like a crispy crust around here). While the dough is baking, prepare your kale. In a largish pan, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil. With the heat on medium low, add the garlic and onion. The heat is too high if they make any sizzling noises. You want them to gently heat up and turn pale golden. Add your kale. The kale will turn bright green and begin to wilt. I don't like mine cooked down all the way, so I only cook it for a few minutes until it's bright green and tender. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Give it a taste and add more salt, pepper or vinegar as needed. Remove from heat and set aside. When your dough is done, remove it from the oven and use a brush to brush the whole crust with olive oil. Lay down your kale evenly over the crust. Then cover the kale with mozzarella. Next, sprinkle your bacon over the pizza. Finally, it's time for the eggs. It's much safer to do your eggs one at a time. Hit it on your counter, open it into a bowl, make sure you have no shells, then slide it onto the pizza. Repeat until all eggs are placed.* Bake 5-7 more minutes until the white of the egg has set and then yolk is just a titch runny (or however you like your eggs).
*If you do not anticipate being able to eat the whole pizza in one night, due to the number of people you're serving, you might only want eggs on the parts you're sure will be eaten so that you are saved the dilemma of trying to figure out how to save (and if it's safe to eat) leftover pizza with an egg on top. Although I did reheat an eggy slice the next day and did not die or get sick. So there's a sample size of one to reassure you if you want to go that route.