29 December 2012

Guacamole & Egg Breakfast Pizza

Everyone loves pizza.  And with good reason.  This flat piece of bread can be tailored into everyone's favorite dish...just pick your favorite meats, veggies and cheese and voila, a delicious customized dish.  If you're at all like me, you've probably also enjoyed the glories of pizza for breakfast.  Typically, these were leftover cold slices with congealed cheese (ahh, the college glory days).  However, as a full-fledged adults with a pup to look after, the hubs and I have taken our breakfast pizza up a notch, turning it into a healthy and filling start to the day (rather than a leftover afterthought).  

If avocados are on sale, I promise you we're making this dish for breakfast.  It's so fast and easy, it'd be a waste not to go there.  Plus, it's a fabulous use for leftover guacamole.  

Let's zoom in on the goodness here.  First, we have a lovely and quick crust of toasted naan.  The hubs and I both love whole wheat garlic naan, and will make huge homemade batches to freeze and defrost as needed.  When toasted, they are sturdy and crunchy, perfect vessels to support the breakfast toppings.  Fresh pitas also make a wonderful base.

Next, we have a layer of guacamole.  Fresh tomatoes, lots of garlic and creamy avocado....what's not to love?  

Topping the guacamole is delicious and savory turkey sausage.  In this picture, we happened to have turkey sausage crumbles which are ideal.  But if you have links or patties on hand, they can easily be diced and sprinkled on top.  We like turkey sausage because it is low in fat and high in protein, making for a healthier breakfast.  Pork sausage could easily be used if you prefer, or you can make this a vegetarian dish by omitting the sausage completely or substituting black beans (we do that if we're out of sausage).

Next, a pair of glorious fried eggs.  This is the element that puts the "breakfast" in "breakfast pizza".  We have tried scrambled on top and were pleased with the results, but nothing compares to the glory of an over-medium fried egg.  The runny, golden yolks create a lovely sauce that bring the entire dish together.  Without the yolks, it's kind of like biscuits and sausage without the gravy - still delicious, but not quite complete.

Delicious, glorious breakfast pizza.  This dish comes together in the time it takes to fry your eggs.  Low in fat, high in protein, this will fill you up and get your day off to a very happy start.  And probably with less indigestion than leftover pizza from the night before.  

Guacamole & Egg Breakfast Pizza (2 servings)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 pieces garlic naan or pita bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 c crumbled turkey sausage (2 patties or links)
  • 1/4 c sharp cheddar (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place a large pan over medium heat.

Place the avocado in a small bowl and mash with a fork until only a few chunks remain.  Add the tomato, lime juice and garlic, stirring gently to combine.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place the naan in the pre-heated oven.  Toast for 2-3 minutes, until golden.  

Spray the pan with non-stick spray and crack in the eggs to fry.  While eggs are cooking, heat the turkey sausage in the microwave or a small pan until warm.

To assemble, spread the guacamole generously on each slice of naan (the amount will depend on the size of your bread, but about 3-4 tablespoons).  Top with the crumbled turkey sausage, then gently place the fried eggs on top.  Garnish with sharp cheddar cheese, cilantro or salsa.  Serve with a side of fresh fruit.

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