The Baker Upstairs

5.20.2019

Bacon Breakfast Pizza

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This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!

This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we've been trying to get back into the swing of weekly pizza nights lately, and this bacon breakfast pizza is one of our favorites! I've made it nearly every week for the last month, and we never get tired of it. Even my picky kids love it! It has all the flavors of our favorite breakfast foods, but in pizza form. It just doesn't get better than that! 

I'm not a fan of super runny eggs, so I like to cook the pizza until the whites are completely set and the yolks are soft but not runny. I try to be really careful not to break the yolks when I crack the eggs onto the pizza, but if you do happen to break one (as I did when I took these pictures) it's not a huge deal. The pizza will still be delicious! If you're very opposed to the idea of soft yolks on your eggs, you could scramble the eggs instead, and cook the pizza until the eggs are completely set. The recipe is pretty versatile and easy to tailor to your own tastes. We've tried it with both cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese, and it's delicious both ways. I'm excited to try it with sausage or ham instead of the bacon, too! 

This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!
Bacon Breakfast Pizza

1 ball of pizza dough
1/2 teaspoon corn meal
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
4 large eggs
salt and pepper to taste
fresh parsley (for garnish)

Preheat the oven to 500 with a pizza stone or overturned cookie sheet inside. Sprinkle a piece of parchment paper or a pizza peel with corn meal. Spread the pizza dough into a 12 inch circle, using your fingers to make an indented border around the outside edge. Brush the pizza dough generously with the olive oil. Sprinkle the cheese and Oscar Mayer Bacon on top of the pizza dough, leaving four open spaces for the eggs. Crack an egg into each space, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Carefully transfer the pizza to the pizza stone or overturned cookie sheet using a pizza peel or large cutting board. Bake 9-10 minutes, or until the egg whites are set and the crust is golden brown. Remove the pizza from the oven, and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve hot.
This bacon breakfast pizza is perfect for any meal of the day! It's so flavorful and delicious, and easy to make too!

4.30.2019

Everything Deviled Eggs

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These everything deviled eggs are just as delicious as classic deviled eggs, but with a fun pop of flavor from everything bagel seasoning!

These everything deviled eggs are just as delicious as classic deviled eggs, but with a fun pop of flavor from everything bagel seasoning!

Eggs are definitely one of the staples of my family's diet. We go through at least two dozen eggs per week, and I love that they're a versatile and inexpensive source of protein. We use them for quiche, omelettes, breakfast tacos, and (my favorite) eggs and tortillas. I was never a huge fan of eggs as a kid, but now I can't get enough of them! A few months ago, I discovered the amazing combination of everything bagel seasoning with eggs (in pretty much any form) and now it's hard to eat them any other way. If you haven't tried everything bagel seasoning before, it's available at Trader Joe's (and I've also found it at Walmart), and it's a mix of things like poppy seeds, sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, and salt. It adds a ton of flavor to whatever you sprinkle it on, but it's especially amazing with eggs. We like to sprinkle it on scrambled eggs, omelettes, or egg salad. It's so good! 

When I was trying to think of a fun appetizer for our Easter dinner, I decided to upgrade my basic deviled eggs by sprinkling them with some everything bagel seasoning. They turned out so delicious, and they were so easy to make, too! They only took about 10 minutes of hands-on time to make, which worked perfectly for me as I was trying to get all the other components of dinner finished. These eggs are so easy that they don't need to just be relegated to special occasions or holidays. I think they'd be perfect for a light lunch with a side salad, or for a quick snack. You definitely need to try these eggs!

These everything deviled eggs are just as delicious as classic deviled eggs, but with a fun pop of flavor from everything bagel seasoning!
Everything Deviled Eggs

8 large eggs, boiled and cooled (I made mine in the Instant Pot)
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon milk (optional)
1 tablespoon everything bagel seasoning

Cut the eggs in half and gently scoop out the yolks, being careful not to break the egg whites. Add the yolks to a small bowl and mash with a fork until they are broken apart. Stir in the mayonnaise and dijon mustard, and mix until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a teaspoon of milk to thin it out. Spoon or pipe the yolk mixture back into the whites, then sprinkle with everything bagel seasoning. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
These everything deviled eggs are just as delicious as classic deviled eggs, but with a fun pop of flavor from everything bagel seasoning!

4.26.2019

Barbecue Chicken Pizza

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This flavorful and savory barbecue chicken pizza is the perfect way to jazz up your pizza night at home!

This flavorful and savory barbecue chicken pizza is the perfect way to jazz up your pizza night at home!

Once upon a time, when my kids were very little and life was much simpler and less busy, we used to have pizza night every week. My husband was working full time and going to school part time, and our schedule was very stable from week to week, so it was easy to plan a fun pizza night every Friday as a reward for getting through the week. I developed a great easy pizza dough recipe, and got so quick at making it that I could have a hot cheese pizza on the table in less than 30 minutes. It was something fun for our whole family to look forward to, and we did it religiously for about two years, from when my youngest was a baby until she was well into toddlerhood. 

As time went on, however, I started working outside of the home as a nurse, my husband started nursing school, our kids started elementary school and extracurricular activities, and life just got busier and busier. These days my husband's schedule at the hospital changes from week to week, my pre-teen has what seems like an endless social calendar, and my youngest is busy with gymnastics and school activities. I've been missing those simple pizza nights from years ago, though, and I decided it was high time we brought them back. They won't always be on the same night each week, since we have such varied schedules, but I think we can make it work. We've successfully had pizza night for the last three weeks in a row, and everyone in my family is pretty excited about it. It's fun to experiment with different toppings and flavor combinations, and we've had so much fun talking and laughing together over hot slices of pizza. 

This barbecue chicken pizza is a copycat of a pizza my husband and I had on our first date, from a little local pizza place called Gepetto's. I've been making it for years, and it is one of my favorite pizzas! It has a barbecue/marina sauce blend, and it's topped with chicken, mozzarella and feta cheeses, and red onions. After it's baked, it's drizzled with a little more barbecue sauce and sprinkled with some chopped fresh cilantro. It's so delicious and flavorful, and a favorite with both kids and adults! My nearly 12 year old is absolutely nuts for this pizza, and could probably eat a whole pizza herself if I let her. :) I'm looking forward to sharing more fun pizza recipes with you as week make them, so follow along to keep up with our pizza night adventures!
Barbecue Chicken Pizza

1 ball of pizza dough (make your own or use store-bought)
1/2 cup pizza sauce
1/4 cup barbecue sauce, plus more for drizzling
1 1/2 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
fresh cilantro, chopped

Preheat the oven to 500 with a pizza stone or overturned cookie sheet inside for at least 30 minutes. Sprinkle a sheet of parchment paper with cornmeal. Gently stretch the pizza dough out into a circle that is 12-14 inches in diameter. Spread the pizza sauce over the dough, leaving a one inch margin around the edges. Drizzle the barbecue sauce over the pizza sauce. Sprinkle the chicken over the top of the sauce, then spread the mozzarella cheese evenly over the top of the chicken. Sprinkle the feta and red onion over the top of the pizza. Transfer the pizza to the pizza stone or cookie sheet using a pizza peel or a large cutting board. Bake the pizza for 8-9 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is lightly browned. Drizzle with barbecue sauce and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Serve hot.
This flavorful and savory barbecue chicken pizza is the perfect way to jazz up your pizza night at home!
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