lazy brunch: egg pita pizza

egg pita pizza | everybody likes sandwiches

This past Sunday, Cornelius and I, along with a couple of friends, went on a bike ride to Burnaby which is the city right next to Vancouver. It’s all nicely connected along the Central Valley Greenway trail, much of it off road or on quiet ones, so it made for a lovely ride on a hot summer day. We arrived at Deer Lake, our destination where we walked around the lake trail and found ourselves a nice little picnic spot under a shade tree. It hit me that this was my first picnic of the year. In our panniers we packed a gigantic focaccia¬†deli sandwich split 4 ways from La Grotta Del Formaggio, cold beers and a ritter sport bar for extra energy. It wasn’t a fancy picnic but it was perfect. It was also a reminder that OMG August is here and summer better not slip away! I haven’t even gone camping yet which seems crazy. So I’m vowing to have more picnics, more bike rides, more hikes in cool forests, and a jump in a lake would be nice too.

egg pita pizza | everybody likes sandwiches

This here, this bright yolk, isn’t picnic food. At least, it wasn’t a part of mine & due to its delicate nature, it’s probably best eaten at your kitchen table or a few feet outside your back door. I made this recently because I was spending another glorious summer morning working. Instead of going to an office, though, I work from home. So it was easy to say “enough is enough, time for brunch”. Why relegate brunch to lazy weekends? What about when you’ve already downed 2 cups of coffee and it’s not quite noon yet and you’re starving. That was me.

egg pita pizza | everybody likes sandwiches

And this was my solution. A very delicious brunch solution.

egg pita pizza | everybody likes sandwiches

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.

egg pita pizza | everybody likes sandwiches

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.

egg pita pizza | everybody likes sandwiches

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 | everybody likes sandwiches

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25 comments to “lazy brunch: egg pita pizza”

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    Joanne   August 7, 2013 at 3:25 am

    I definitely need to make these for a brunch (and just for myself of course)…gotta love anything with cheese and runny yolk!

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    Catherine   August 7, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Looks gorgeous, and I think the spinach would be perfect. I used to get an egg and spinach sandwich from a local Italian deli when I worked in the West End of London. It had some seasoning in it, other than salt and pepper but I can’t remember what it was. Maybe onion as well. Of course spinach and cheese is wonderful together, especially in a buckwheat crepe.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar   August 7, 2013 at 4:42 am

    This looks like such a fun, easy, idea! What a great quick meal!

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    Nicole   August 7, 2013 at 8:45 am

    What a beautiful yolk! I am all for lazy brunch especially when it means food faster and it looks as gorgeous as this. This summer has flown by! I hope you get more picnics and bike rides in :)

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    Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe   August 7, 2013 at 11:39 am

    I love making pizzas with pita – I’ll have to try a brunch version!

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    kickpleat   August 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Joanne, I’m sure you’ll love this – it’s so quick to put together and they’re quite addictive!

    Catherine, yes, spinach I think would be great. There’s a food truck that makes buckwheat crepes here and they’re fantastic. Mmmmm.

    Thanks Katrina!

    Agreed, Nicole. I love how some yolks just scream out their beauty. I hope there will be more picnics too. Bike rides are easy since it’s besides walking, it’s my main form of transport.

    Amanda, pita pizzas are my “i’m alone, i’m hungry” snack or meal, so I’m quite familiar with them! But the egg version is extra special. Enjoy!

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    Caz   August 8, 2013 at 12:04 am

    I love this topping. That egg yolk is such a gorgeous deep yellow. Egg and greens is such a great combination on pizza or anything for that matter :). Here’s to many more long summer days out before it slips away!

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    Elizabeth Mars   August 8, 2013 at 1:35 am

    This looks great, I’ll have to get some pita and try it this weekend.

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    Lisa Matarazzo   August 8, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Hi – I saw this yesterday and I had to make it this morning since I had all those ingredients. It was delish – I added a couple of slices of prosciutto :) nice and salty! It was sooo good! Thanks!

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    Shawna   August 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

    This looks great! I also work from home and lunch is more often than not spent in front of the computer but I’m taking your advice today and eating lunch in the backyard, with a jacket on since it is summer in the SF Bay area after all!

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    Kasey   August 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Who could ever turn down a gooey, drippy egg? Not I! Your bike ride sounds glorious, and this brunch is one I have to make ASAP.

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    kickpleat   August 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Thanks, Caz, here’s to more of summer!!! Adventures await!!

    Thanks Elizabeth, I hope you give this a try.

    Lisa, so glad you enjoyed it. I’m sure it was fantastic with the prosciutto!! Yum.

    Shawna, so true isn’t it. Working from home should give us more freedom, so I’m glad you took a break outside for your lunch today.

    Me neither, Kasey! Enjoy, it’s a good one :)

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    Chisako   August 8, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    It is easy and super delicious! I love it:)

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    Jess   August 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I’m totally with you on not too much cheese with this kind of thing. That way, the pita stays nice and crisp. I’m going to pick up some pita today so that we can try this over the weekend. The littlest member of our family is crazy for eggs and pizza. She may not know what to do with herself when we put the two together. Happy weekend to you!

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    Joanne (Bijoux)   August 9, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    This food brings back memories and it’s making me hungry. I used to make a similar ‘egg pita pizza’ but I’d pile on the mozzarella cheese. Took me quite a while to get everything cooked just right. You’re right about it not needed tons of cheese. Wish I had thought about the basil. Next time I will make it according to your instructions. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Holly   August 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I’d like to try this on garlic naan. Thanks for the idea!

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    Irina @ wandercrush   August 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t know why I’ve never stumbled across your blog before! It’s absolutely lovely, as are these little egg pita pizzas. Gotta love runny yolk.

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper   August 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This looks fabulous! I love the idea of pizza for breakfast – complete with the perfect runny egg!

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    hag   August 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    That looks delicious…look at the colour of that yolk! Where do you get your eggs? What a great quick brunch/breakfast idea! I only wish I had some pita in my house and I would be making it tomorrow morning.

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    Erica   August 10, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    YUM! I do the same thing, but instead of using pita bread, I use naan. A little less healthy, but oh, so good, especially on school nights. Here’s my recipe for naan pizzas: http://cannella-vita.blogspot.de/2013/06/naan-pizzas.html

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    Donald @ Tea Time   August 11, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I love trying diffrent kind of pizza – i eat pizza with eggs but never on pita pastry!

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    kickpleat   August 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Chisako, thank you! It’s a definitely a good one :)

    Yes, Jess, the crispiness is a huge factor on not adding enough cheese. Hope your littlest enjoys this one!

    Nothing doin’, Bijoux! Hope you try this again!

    Holly, I think that would be smashing!

    Thanks Irina for stopping by!

    Yes, Melanie, I’m with you on the runny egg.

    Hag, I get my eggs all over the place :) Either at Santa Barbara, Bosa on Victoria or Gourmet Warehouse (I guess the closest shops near to me). They’re free run eggs, not usually organic though sometimes I’ll splurge on organic ones.

    Erica, looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    Thanks Donald.

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    Grandma   January 15, 2014 at 7:37 am

    It’s been a long time since I’ve had a golden yolk like that. It looks heavenly…I’m envious. Do you know what the opposite of white is? Yolk : )

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    Meri   January 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

    This looks delicious and like the perfect, easy comfort food dish for the snowy weather we’re having in NYC right now! I shared with my readers here: http://seektobemerry.blogspot.com/2014/01/its-snowing-again.html Thanks for the inspiration :)

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    Marilyn   August 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I loved this recipe! I added just a smidgen of feta and this was delicious, I would eat it any time and so easy.

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