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A Cheesemonger’s Pizza: 4 Ways!

Leftover pizza dough is a wonderful thing. It is so great because you can use anything in your refrigerator and prepare a delicious, impromptu pizza from start to finish in less than half an hour. This week I showcase four of my favorite “Franken-zas”, made using extra dough and whatever I have lying around.

Let’s start with a simple breakfast pizza: pizza sauce mixed with sriracha hot sauce, Di Bruno Bros. handmade smoked mozzarella and eggs; simple, delicious and spicy. Just crack the eggs onto the pizza right before putting it into the oven and you are good to go.

Next up is the first pizza with meat in the mix that I have made for some time: pizza sauce mixed with barbeque sauce, pulled pork with broccoli rabe and smoked mozzarella. The night before I made this pizza I just could not finish the pulled pork sandwich that I ordered at SPTR, so I took it home, tossed the soggy bread and reused all the good stuff on this lunch time Franken-za. I already had a bit of mozzarella sitting in the fridge just waiting to be put to good use.

This next pizza is truly a miraculous byproduct of heavy duty fridge cleaning: a bit of tomato and broccoli here, a touch of mild NY cheddar left over from a mac and cheese dish, a forgotten nibble of Trugole from blog posts past, scraps of handmade mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano all mixed together to form something that should never have been so darn good.

Last but not least I leave you with another egg pizza, though this one I dressed up a bit and had for dinner just a few nights ago: Di Bruno Bros. Fruttato EVOO, fresh Jersey tomatoes, leftover handmade mozzarella, grated cheese from the back of the fridge (a mix of Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano and domestic Asiago), fresh eggs, a few dabs of Di Bruno Bros. spicy Abruzze cheese spread and a touch of rosemary to make it look extra fancy.

While all these pizzas were unforgettable, these are not recipes to be painstakingly recreated. I am writing this post to remind people that anything tastes good on top of freshly baked pizza dough. So go on, make extra dough, you never know what inspirational dishes may take shape while cleaning out your refrigerator.

Also please stay tuned in the coming weeks for Pizza Verace Napoletana, a very exciting project I have been working on to recreate authentic Neapolitan pizzas using traditional, name protected Italian ingredients that can be found at our 9th St. and Rittenhouse locations.

26 Comments

  • A says:
    August 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Love this! You remind us how easy it is to make something awesome with a bit of creativity and fearlessness.

  • Louise Fine says:
    August 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    Fabulous. My mouth was watering over the tomato, broccoli, rosemary (love that rosemary) pizza. Find the egg additions fascinating and will definitely give it a go.
    This is a great way to use all those leftovers–pot luck pizzas here I come. Wonderful!

  • Greg says:
    August 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for another great post. I can’t wait to try the eggs with your amazing mozzarella. Do you think fresh herbs would be good on top of that once it’s baked?

  • Nancy says:
    August 16, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I love the idea of using leftovers as ingredients for pizzas. I have some leftovers in my fridge that I just don’t feel like revisiting, but your suggestions (especially the pulled pork one) have breathed new life into them!

  • sue mohle says:
    August 18, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I have never had a pizza with eggs on it but it sounds AWESOME! what about a pizza with asparagus and soft eggs since asparagus is so great with eggs? I will make this weekend and report back!.

  • lauren says:
    August 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’m craving that pizza with eggs right now! And using the leftover pulled pork from your sandwich was a great idea! I can’t wait to read about your Pizza Verace Napoletana!!

  • Jackie says:
    August 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    I LOVE the fried egg breakfast pizza! Bonus points for the sriracha hot sauce, excellent choice!

  • Dr. Pat says:
    August 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Wow, this is brilliant. Who knew you could dine gourmet from the frig leavings.
    I am very excited about trying out some of my recent Dibruno cheese purchases using your marvelous ideas. and by the way, I have a new oven, this will be the perfect weekend to spend making pizza dough and trying new recipes.

    keep it coming, I have been reading your blog and saving your recipes!

  • Zach says:
    August 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Who would’ve thought egg on pizza would work so well. That Za was BANGIN!!!!

  • ms. smalls says:
    August 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Franken-za’s are awesome! I just can’t decide which one is the yummiest. I guess that means I am going to have to eat them all!

  • Miss. S Philly says:
    August 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    When I saw egg on pizza, I thought to my self, Shut the Front Door! No Way! I tried it. It’s amazing thank you so much!!

  • Kathleen says:
    August 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Manga! Manga! I never would have thought of these, but they are great ideas.
    I love pizza any which way! Very creative!

  • Kathleen says:
    August 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Manga! Manga! I love the creativity!

  • Lia says:
    August 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    It all looks delicious!

  • American soldier says:
    August 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Tomato, broccoli, and a smorgasbord of cheeses made a great pie. Thanks for the ideas, and keep them coming. Looking forward to your neopolitan recipes, and hoping for one with prosciutto. If you don’t have one with prosciutto, I’ll get back to you on how mine turns out.

  • parisa says:
    August 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    These are mazing I can’t wait to bake onw tonight :D Thank you for the great ideas!

  • Ta Qio says:
    August 30, 2011 at 3:52 am

    I make take advice of you and put old food from kitchen on a pizza like you say! Tasty a lot all the time of dinner! my wife like me more now. thanks you!!!

  • Skipper says:
    August 30, 2011 at 3:56 am

    Broccoli rape on pizza? It was so good! Made it with some local goat chz and garlic oil and fresh tomatos. Amazing thanks for the tip! Any suggestions of the perfect date pizza? I’d love to make this but for a new date it makes me- ya know- fart a bit too much… tips??

  • Randal J. Tremble says:
    August 30, 2011 at 5:55 am

    Damn. Neva thout a picture can done make me wan eat a brocoli. you should keep making this stuff- my wife says if I eat brocolis I might get feelin better health wize. and nevea knew I could make vegetabes on pizzas hot damn! any labo day grillin tips?

  • Be Nanna says:
    August 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Dude! Looking at this just made me not excited to go have trout lorraine and 25¢ martinis for lunch. I want good pizza!

  • Be Nanna says:
    August 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Can you make pizza in a toaster oven??

  • John says:
    August 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Great ideas! Eggs are cheap and filling, and not as bad for you as some people think. What good ways to use leftovers!

  • Dr. John says:
    August 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Nice use of what is in the fridge. This is so much tastier than just nuking up the left overs. I especially like the use of eggs to add a bit more and diverse protein.

  • hoagielung says:
    September 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    Nothing beats good cheese and egg yolks, especially on pizza…mmmm

  • lady pie says:
    September 2, 2011 at 12:00 am

    you are truly a za master. love it. im hungry.

  • Sandy at divaeatsworld.com says:
    September 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    I recently made a breakfast pizza with home fries, pork roll, cheese & a fried egg. Check out my sight to take a look. It was beyond good!

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