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Now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, I’ve decided to make it a point to find a moment for myself where I can sit down, relax, and jot down a few important things that I want to prioritize a little more as we start the new year. There’s something so exciting and promising about staring at the very first page on the calendar and seeing a whole new blank slate in front of you ready to be filled with the things life hands us. I always love to write down my goals for the year in the very beginning of my calendar.
2017 is going to be a very big year for us. Construction has just begun on our brand new home, and my husband will be building many parts of the house on his own. Things are going to get very busy, very quickly this year. That’s why one of my biggest priorities on my list is to create more home cooked meals that draw our family together around the table.
One busy area in our lives that I’d like to harness and tame a little better is our morning routine. My husband (bless his heart) is not a morning person at all. He can sleep until 10 minutes before it’s time to leave and put himself together in a few seconds and fly out the door. He grabs his coffee and a prepackaged snack cake to eat for breakfast and is gone until dark. This year we’re working on getting him up a little earlier, because sitting down together and eating a warm, hearty breakfast with the family is a new priority. No snack cakes, no bowls of cereal, and no toaster pastries prepared on the fly. We’re carving time into our calendar to enjoy each other and savor the flavors of a home cooked breakfast. Luckily for me, this easy cheesy breakfast pizza topped with Borden® Cheese, crumbled sausage, eggs and bacon bits was just the thing to get us all around the table bright and early!
There’s lots of different routes that you can go when creating your own pizza. The sky is the limit when it comes to your toppings, but we all know that your pizza is only going to be as good as the cheese you selected to go on top of it. I love to always have a block or two of Borden® Cheese on hand to add a real element of love to my recipes. It’s high quality and packed with that perfect cheesy ooey-gooeyness that we always crave. It’s perfect for making pizza of any kind…but especially a breakfast pizza! I decided that grating a little Borden® Cheese Mild Cheddar Chunk over top of this pizza would bring a level of deliciousness that my family would go crazy over.
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While I was at the grocery store, I picked up a few breakfast ingredients to stock my refrigerator for the week. In addition to the Borden® Cheese, I made sure to grab a refrigerated pizza crust, a carton of eggs, crumbled sausage, a fresh bell pepper, and some bacon bits.
Once the next morning rolled around, I got out all of my ingredients and went to town baking our breakfast pizza. Fun fact: I worked at a pizza chain when I was in college. I landed a job at the local movie theater (which was way better) about a month after I started, but I picked up a few pizza making techniques while I was there that stuck with me over the years. One of the first things I learned to do was to always “dock” the dough (seen below) before you add the sauce.
Docking the dough prevents bubbles from forming in the dough while baking. It also helps the sauce absorb nicely into the crust. Just take a fork and poke a few holes all around the dough, making sure the holes don’t completely penetrate through. For this breakfast pizza, the “sauce” is actually an egg wash mixture that’s spread over the dough with a basting brush. It’s absolutely delicious!
Here’s a free printable copy of my Easy Cheesy Breakfast Pizza recipe if you’d like to give it a try:
- 1 14 oz package refrigerated pizza dough
- 3 eggs
- ¼ cup milk
- 2 cups Borden® Cheese - use your favorite variety! (I used Borden® Cheese Mild Cheddar Chunk, but any of them would be great!)
- 2 cups (give or take) crumbled sausage - cooked
- ½ bell pepper, seeded and chopped
- Bacon bits
- Garlic Salt, salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp pizza seasoning
- Preheat oven to 425 F. Spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray
- Roll out the pizza dough and form to fit the cookie sheet. Roll in the 4 corners just a little to create a thicker crust if desired
- Using a fork, poke a generous amount of holes into the dough to prevent dough bubbles from forming while it's baking
- Combine eggs and milk in a bowl and whisk together
- Using a basting brush, coat the entire pizza with the egg wash (use entire amount)
- Top pizza with cheese, seasonings and remaining toppings
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until egg and dough are cooked all the way through
- Serve immediately
Once I piled on the Borden® Cheese and all of our favorite toppings, I popped the pizza into the oven and baked it to golden perfection. Sitting down together as a family in the morning to this beautiful pizza pie was totally worth the preparation, and spending the quality time together in the morning before the day got busy was much needed.
I sliced into the pizza and saw this ooey gooey cheesiness and knew the day was going to be a great one. My family says they want to start off every morning with a home cooked meal for breakfast, especially if that meal features Borden® Cheese! Luckily for them, I’ve got another recipe planned for supper that calls for Borden® Cheese, too! 😉
Did you set goals for your family at the start of the new year? Is gathering around the table to a home cooked meal with your loved ones something that you’d like to do more of? Borden® Cheese is just the ticket you need to help you bring a little love into your meals and to gather your family together to enjoy something really delicious!
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