Sunday lazy brunch: egg pita pizza

This past Sunday, I wanted a fast and tasty brunch like dish…..

This here, this bright yolk, will make your Sunday.

What a very delicious brunch solution.

I didn’t have anything planned, but it was easy enough to throw together with what already existed in the fridge. Whole wheat pitas. Fresh local basil from the market. A nub of havarti that I grated until it was gone. An egg with an amazingly bright yolk. You might consider it bad form to turn on the oven in the middle of summer, but it’s only the broiler which takes no time at all to heat up, plus I had the fan going. About 6 minutes later, my weekday brunch was ready.

Contrary to popular opinion, I suggest a light hand with the cheese. Not too much is my motto here. You don’t want things too gooey – the yolk will provide a nice slick ooze that is utterly delightful, so you don’t want a thick layer of cheese messing things up. Just trust me here. Or find out for yourself because I’m sure this is something that you’ll turn to again and again when you’re jonesing for a quick breakfast. A fast lunch. A lazy dinner. Or you know, a fancy brunch.

Don’t forget a splash of hot sauce! Walk away from your computer, find a shady spot on your balcony/yard/patio and it’s almost like you’ve got a brunch-time picnic going on. And on a Wednesday even. Summer is still here, take advantage!

egg pita pizza
I think spinach would do fine if you don’t have basil, but keep it simple. Maybe a scattering of chives. And please do keep a light hand with the cheese, trust me, it’s better that way.

1 whole wheat pita
handful of grated havarti cheese (or whatever good melting cheese you’ve got hanging around)
1 organic free-run egg
6 fresh basil leaves, torn
kosher salt & aleppo pepper
your favourite hot sauce (for this, it’s Frank’s Red Hot all the way)

Heat broiler.

Place pita on a baking sheet, if your pita is slightly bowl shaped, make sure the bowl faces up as you want an edge to hold in the egg. Sprinkle pita with grated cheese. Crack an egg and gently plop it into the middle of your pita. Scatter basil over top and sprinkle with salt & aleppo pepper. Pop into the top rack of your oven right under the broiler. Or if you’ve got an old gas oven, you know where your broiler is (if you don’t, it’s that thing that looks like a bottom drawer). Bake for about 5-7 minutes. Egg yolk should be runny. Eat and repeat as necessary.

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