I cannot think of a better way to start a day but starting with this breakfast pizza. Perfect for any day, work lunch, children packed lunch or a nice weekend brunch. Simply, a delight and kids absolutely love this made from scratch pizza idea, especially that it is made with mummy's homemade bread.
Now, who doesn’t like a pizza? But pizza for breakfast sounds like the perfect start to any day, right? I’m so glad we’re unanimously agreeing on this.
Well, according to my two lovely munchkins this qualifies for that food that any breakfast should be like, in an ideal world, and would always get a yes for an answer if asked.?
Truthfully it really is for me too when they want pizza for breakfast as it’s the easiest one to make. I love impromptu improvised breakfasts like this any day. Why? Well, the day starts with the house smelling absolutely delicious and the outcome is even better. Mmmm, I’m hungry now as I write and think of this quick pizza.
This pizza it’s nothing fancy really and…but it is a great way to throw in some veggies for the younger ones... and ... not only! But even the fussiest little or bigger ones will never dare to say no to this.
I always called it ‘the hidden gems’ pizza since the kids were small. Kids, since very young, looked for those ‘gems’ ?. Still searching...
This was one of the tricks I used to make them eat the veggies. The rule was always that they had to eat the pizza as it was, no choosing, no picking if they wanted increased chances to find the treasure.
The ‘gems’ were always changing accordingly, depending on the season and on what fridge had to offer.
Kids are funny entities, aren't they? Especially when it comes to eating veg. I am a strong believer that ultimately, it is all down to a lot of patience, consistency and good examples that will take and keep up good eating habits. Eating with kids needs to be made fun, a lot of fun and it works.
Coming to this pizza now, I’m going to get into this special tomato sauce now…
The tomato sauce is the key here…
I sometimes make the sauce in advance. The tomato sauce it’s pretty much what’s making this breakfast pizza even more inciting.
It’s funny how the 'gems' grew with age as went from being almost invisible to large chunks now scattered all over. Kids are still having fun now when they think back and remember the story of the hidden 'gems'. They are grateful for it as these are the ‘fun games’ that brought them into having now all veggies out there with no fuss.
Vegetables to juggle with :
• Onions - brown or red cut into chunks or super fine)
• Spring onions /scallions
• Peppers (best to use roast ones)
• Courgettes (grated)
• Aubergines (cut into very small cubes)
• Cauliflower (made into a nice rice size bites)
• Broccoli (made into rice size same as cauliflower)
• Green beans (cut into small, small slices)
Toppings to juggle with:
• Artichoke hearts (jarred)
• Cheese cubes
• Mini mozzarella balls
• Canned sardines
• Sliced sausages
• Sausage mini meatballs
Just to mention, the bread used in this recipe is homemade - see some homemade bread recipes here , this pizza can also be made on flat bread - both delicious. And of course if you cannot find the time to make own bread use a nice artisan bread that you may find at your local bakery.
Great stuff! Let’s get that oven on and put those pretty pizza slices in as soon as. Yumm!
Quick breakfast Pizza slices with quail eggs and tomato sauce
- oven baking tray
For the tomato sauce :
- 1 onion grated or cut into chunks
- 1 pepper I love using roasted ones
- 1 celery stick grated or chopped
- 1 can chopped tomato
- 200 ml tomato sauce pasatta
- 1 tsp tomato paste
- 1 clove garlic crushed and chopped
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp sweet soy sauce
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp thyme dry or fresh
For the topping :
- 16 quail eggs
- 24 black olives
- 5-6 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
- Red chilli optional
- Black pepper to taste
- 8 slices bread wholemeal
- Place a pan on medium fire, add the olive oil, chopped or grated onions, crushed and finely chopped garlic, pepper, celery, salt and pepper. Sauté these for a good 10 min stirring occasionally and adding a drizzle of water every now and again as required.
- When the vegetables are soft, add the tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste, Worcestershire source and the sweet soy sauce and the thyme. Cook uncovered for 15 min on low fire from the boiling point. It needs to be boiled down with no running juices. Once ready set aside and allow to cool.
- Preheat the oven at 180°C or 350°F and line a baking tray with parchment.
- Toast 8 slices bread and top with a spoonful or two of the tomato sauce.
- Form 2 wells in the tomato sauce and break the quail eggs into those wells. Add 2-3 olives grind some pepper to taste.
- Place these on the prepared tray and put in the oven for 5-8 min till the quail eggs are done to how you want those done - cooked soft or very well done.
- When ready, take out of the oven sprinkle the parsley over some red chillies if you choose to use and serve while nice and hot. This can also be enjoyed cold later on.
This tomato sauce can be made in larger quantity and jarred while hot in sterilised jars.
Pop open and use as needed keep refrigerated after opening if not fully used. I always make 3-4 jars and these last for quite some time if not used for other dishes like any quick pasta or added to some cooked chicken and served on rice or with potatoes. I will leave it for you to create new dishes and venture.