FOOD: BREAKFAST PIZZA

Welcome back Food Finders!

With the end of winter quickly upon us, I’d like to introduce you to a breakfast idea that will warm your home and get your family out of bed on a lazy weekend.

Breakfast Pizza!

My breakfast pizza takes bacon, egg, and cheese to new limits. Different tastes in the household are not a problem either. All you have to do is split your pie anyway you like.

Here what to do:

Take your pizza dough out of the fridge. If you make your own, remember that you will need to make your dough the night before and refrigerate. Store bought will be fine, I recommend Terranova pizza dough. See my post for more info.

Preheat your oven to 450 and roll out your dough. Place in a perforated pizza pan and start cooking. Your pizza at this point is just dough, and will look a little odd at first, but trust the process and place it in the oven and start cooking.

While the dough is in the oven, decide on what you want on your breakfast pizza. My morning crowd likes their bacon egg and cheese and also likes their veggies. My pie will be split in half, but make yours as you wish.

Scramble your eggs and season to taste. Remember to under salt especially if you plan on a cheesy pizza. Once your eggs are cooked, place them aside and start chopping your veggies. I used onions and peppers in my example.

At this point you will want to check on your dough. Since you don’t have any toppings you may start to see a big air bubble or multiple pockets of air. This should happen at about 8 minutes of cooking time, but keep an eye out as ovens and cooking times vary.

Air bubbles make topping a pizza challenging, and if you wait to long to get rid of them, they will get crispy and crack and give you a bowl like center of the pie. Since we don’t want that, grab a another pizza pan, or oven safe pan or bowl, or tray and place in on top of the dough to flatten. Leave your pan on top of the dough and cook for a few more minutes. You will want to take your dough out of the oven once it’s 75% cooked.

Now that your dough is almost ready. Cook your chopped onions and peppers in a pan and at low heat with just a little bit of olive oil so as to avoid sticking and render your bacon in another pan.

All that’s left is stacking your toppings. You can easily cook up some sausage, slice some avocado, go mushrooms or steak or both. Make your breakfast pizza. yours!

I start by adding a layer of eggs to my pie, then half gets the bacon treatment and half gets onions and peppers. I cover my toppings in mozzarella and then sprinkle some sharp cheddar on as well. It looks pretty, smells and tastes delicious, it’s satisfying and will warm your kitchen, home and belly!

Get cooking this week and tell me all about it!

THINGS: TERRANOVA PIZZA DOUGH

Hello Food Finders,

I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite things. Terranova pizza dough is by far my favorite dough. It produces delicious, crispy, crunchy, chewy and non-greasy crust to any pizza combos you can think up. The texture is always just right, and easy to work or roll out. Whether you are making your pies in the oven or flatbreads on the grill, this dough delivers. Don’t take my word on it, grab some dough and make some pizzas.

Fresh Mozzarella and Garden Basil

Pepperoni

Fig with Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, & Truffle Oil

 

Eggplant Parm!

 

Take a look at some of my examples, and try some of your own topping combos and let me know how it goes! You can find Terranova pizza dough at their retail store in the Bronx or at Whole Foods in White Plains. Go get some today !

 

Visit their website for more information.

https://www.terranovabakery.com/where-can-i-buy-terranova-pizza-dough/

 

SPOT: MEZZA LUNA

So you are having a party on Sunday, you have your TV set for the big game, but you are not ready to attempt my pulled pork recipe. What to do?

 Visit our friends and sponsors page and try these two dishes and your party will have fiery and delicious treats.

 Let me introduce you to The Goodfellas pizza. This pizza packs a flavorful pepper punch in a crunchy crispy crust.  The broccoli rabe, sausage, cheese and mix of sweet and spicy peppers melt together to give you a perfect bite. The crust on all of Mezza Luna’s pizzas are just as delicious as your first bite. You will definitely enjoy this on game day.

Goodfellas Pizza

 Why stop the spice at pizza? Try an order or five orders of Mezza Luna’s buffalo chicken wings.  Crispy, spicy, and tender; everything you can ask for in wings. Mezza Luna serves these in hearty portions with blue and celery.

 Order these or any of their appetizers and make your party one to remember. Mezza Luna has regular orders as well as catering trays of chicken fingers, fries, mozzarella sticks, meatball sliders, fried zucchini and more…

 Check out their website below and put in your orders….

http://www.mlpizzeria.com/

Order yourself a Goodfellas Pizza today!

 

SPOT: MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT

Hello Westchester Food Finders! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite restaurants has now become one of our first sponsors.

Last week we made dinner plans with another couple at Mezza Luna on Brook Street in Eastchester. The restaurant delivered as usual. Mezza Luna is our first choice for smart casual dining, whether with friends or with the little ones. The chefs offer a wide range of appetizers, pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts.

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The couple we were with was hoping for a “pick at everything” kind of dinner, so we were happy to oblige. We started with an order of eggplant rollatini and a Caprese salad. The appetizers are generous portions and a wonderful warm up for the evening.

The eggplant is thinly sliced, gently fried, and stuffed with fresh well seasoned ricotta and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This dish is topped with their in house marinara and melted mozzarella. When this dish gets to your table, you know you’ve ordered the right appetizer.

eggplant-rollatini

Eggplant Rollatini

 

The crispy eggplant and soft creamy ricotta gives you wonderful texture, and the marinara cuts the creaminess perfectly. When you order this dish, definitely have the wait staff place the warm bread on your side of the table.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

We also ordered a caprese salad. The salad was a crisp, light appetizer with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers and giardiniera. All the components of the dish were lightly drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with freshly ground salt and pepper. The dish was perfect as a share, but can easily hold up as a delicious lunch option on a Saturday afternoon.

Next up we decided to share a pasta special of the day. The Gemelli alla Zia Maria were gemelli pasta tossed with smoked mozzarella, crisp asparagus, and diced tomatoes. They sauce is light, velvety, and smooth! We sprinkled it with some fresh Parmigiano and cracked pepper and we were very happy.

Gemelli Pasta

Gemelli Pasta alla Zia Maria

Keeping with the sharing spirit we split an order of grilled chicken with broccoli rabe. The dish comes with a side order of penne with house marinara or a house salad. The grilled chicken dish delivered on its promise. The dish had two large grilled and thickly slice chicken breasts on top of a bed of broccoli rabe tossed in garlic and oil. The dish is simple, and yet still perfect for those who may want a hardly meal and still have room for something sweet after dinner. Now on to dessert.

Cannoli!

Cannoli!

We were thrilled to have just enough room to order a few cannoli. This is a part of the meal where you may not want to share. We ordered two cannoli for the four of us. These cannoli are large. They are filled to order, so you are served a crispy crunchy shell stuffed with creamy, sweet ricotta filling that is restaurant made. Visit Mezza Luna for dinner, or place an order to take out. Their full menu is available for either option. They cater as well so keep them in mind for your next event.

Mezza Luna Pizzeria & Restaurant, 118 Brook St., Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914-722-4854)  http://www.mlpizzeria.com

SPOT: PAX ROMANA (WHITE PLAINS)

Westchester, Visit Pax Romana and order some pasta with purpose!

Bucatini Amatriciana

Bucatini Amatriciana with proceeds going to the Italian Earthquake Relief Effort

Not only do they boast an amazing selection of house made pastas and pizzas, the restaurant has the flour for their in house made delights imported from Italy. They have pledged to donate $1 to the Italian Earthquake Relief Effort for every special order of Bucatini Amatriciana sold.

I plan on visiting again soon and giving the restaurant the proper food find treatment it deserves, but if you were running around all weekend and don’t have the time to dine in, stop by for some house made gelato to go,  and drop some loose change in their relief bucket.