Breakfast or Brunch Pizza with Egg, Provolone & Arugula

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Every time I buy eggs that are not pastured (meaning the chickens really DO live outside & run around happy) I feel so evil & guilty.  And sometimes, I really think about that runny yolk & I cannot believe we all generally agree (excepting vegans) that eating it as acceptable.  It is really fucking gross if you think about what you are actually eating.  Sometimes, back when I ate shrimp, I’d think similar thoughts & I’d wonder why most people would shudder at the idea of eating a huge, grilled grub – but salivate over grilled shrimp.  Aren’t shrimp really just the giant grubs of the sea?  They look similar & must have the same texture but we shove them in our face without a second thought.

Anyway, I guess it was all the photographing of this pizza that made me think about the egg on it.  And I was really grossed out.

And then I ate it & it was glorious.

What a hideous hypocrite I am.

But, hey!  I wrote a novel & all the early word on the street is that it is exactly as hilarious as I promised it would be & it is full of all kinds of indulgent & hypocritical behavior as I outlined above – but FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY!  I promise!  www.BathingBook.com

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So – this isn’t really a recipe.  It is just a suggestion.  You could add cooked bacon or sausage or scramble the egg first or use a different cheese.  The only real secret to this pizza is that the egg needs about 5 minutes in the oven at the end of the cooking process to be cooked but runny.  One cool thing is that the scallion I used was one I regrew myself from the throw away bit of another one.  Check out how (and which other veggies & herbs can be reused like this) – HERE.

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Breakfast or Brunch Pizza with Egg, Provolone & Arugula

Pizza dough – I used THIS

Slices of provolone

eggs

Arugula

Olive oil

Fresh basil – chopped

Fresh thyme

Scallions – chopped

Tomato – diced

S&P

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to a full 450.

Roll out the dough.  Drizzle a little olive oil on it & sprinkle with thyme.  Add the provolone.  Cook about 5-18 minutes (depending on how thick your dough is etc) or until it seems ALMOST done.  Then carefully drop an egg onto the hot crust & add some tomato bits.

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Cook another five minutes – more if you like the egg cooked more thoroughly/

Garnish with S&P, basil, scallions & the arugula.  Drizzle with olive oil, if you like.  Crack open the champagne & don’t go fucking it up with orange juice.

Eat your damned pizza & drink that champagne!  Oh – and READ MY BOOK!  🙂

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Balsamic Portobello Mushroom “Cheese Steak” Sub Sandwich (Vegetarian or Vegan)

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These are pretty easy & even more decadent & delicious!  You could make it with real skirt steak or something or, if you are vegan, use a vegan cheese.

It is Christmas week & my badass boyfriend, Miles, is in town.  I have chilled champagne & a warm man under my roof.  I plan to enjoy them both as much as possible so I will just post this as a recipe.  Enjoy!

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Balsamic Portobello Mushroom “Cheese Steak” Sub Sandwich (Vegetarian or Vegan)

Makes two subs

INGREDIENTS

2 hoagie rolls (softer is better than crusty)

1 green bell pepper (or other color) – sliced

1/2 onion – sliced

4 portobello mushrooms – chopped

3 garlic cloves – minced

Provolone cheese or Velveeta or Cheese Whiz or vegan alternative

olive oil

balsamic vinegar

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DIRECTIONS

Heat the oven to 250 degrees.

Heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.  Saute the onions & peppers until soft – maybe 5-10 minutes.  Add garlic and incorporate.  Drizzle with a tablespoon (or more to taste) of balsamic vinegar & separate into two portions in the pan.

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Top with whatever cheese you are using & heat, covered, for a few minutes or until the cheese gets melted.  I used a slice of provolone on each of these.

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Cut your rolls taking care not to cut all the way through them.  Add the mushrooms & cheese & top with more cheese.  I used Velveeta on one & provolone on the other.

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Now wrap them VERY tightly in aluminum foil.  Squeeze these bad boys to about half their original diameter.  Heat them for about 15-20 minutes.

If you make them in advance & want to reheat them – do that at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes.

Unwrap them, get a beer & get your fucking eat on all veggie Philly-style!

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