Jim Lahey's Bird's Nest Pie
Aside from being one of the loveliest pizzas on the menu at Jim Lahey's pizzeria, Co., it's also the most spring appropriate. Beginning with Lahey's signature No-Knead Pizza Dough, this pie gets topped off with finely grated Parmesan, nutty Saint-Nectaire cheese, and a tangle of thinly shaved asparagus stalks.
Huevos Rancheros Flatbread
This "fold and eat" flatbread is topped with scrambled eggs, just-cooked-enough refried beans, predictably perfect California avocado, and cooling sour cream, with a chipotle-laced chili sauce that manages to perk up the pizza but not overwhelm anything else.
Breakfast Pizza of Champions
A base of super thin mandolin-sliced Yukon golds adhere perfectly to the pizza. The starch helps keep all the ingredients bound to the crust, ensuring that nothing slides off, except for the occasional chunk of glistening, smoky, slab bacon (ahem, Nueskes). Ricotta fills the creases between the potato and pork. And a perfectly cooked egg hits that balance between slightly runny and gelled.
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Put a Mini Egg on It
The Nonna comes with a couple of quail eggs and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta. Rather than one large egg in the middle that needs to be squished around, with quail eggs, each slice gets its own little burst of yolk. (Note: This pie was a little skimpy with just two eggs, but you get the idea.)
South Philly Scramble
Almost a cross between quiche and grilled cheese, the South Philly breakfast pizza is really just scrambled eggs and oozing American cheese on a sauceless pan pizza crust. It's rather beautiful in its simplicity.
Wake Up Call
Mioposto's spicy bacon and egg pizza tweaks the recipe just a bit by swapping out the tomato sauce with a puree of Tutto Calabria chilies, and damn, those chilies are spicy. What a wake up call. The runny yolks of two over-easy eggs cracked over the center of the pie cut the heat just a smidge and paired well with the salty, crispy pancetta. A thin layer of mozzarella, Parmesan, and seasoned breadcrumbs finish the pie and meld everything together with a mild nuttiness.
Eggs in Purgatory Pizza
As a nonpizza dish, Eggs in Purgatory (similar to a shakshuka) is a mighty delicious thing, the eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce. It's easy to see how that might translate to a pizza. Two eggs join a spicy red sauce, caramelized onions, Parmesan, and basil atop a thin crust. Runny eggs and tomatoes are a great combination, and on a pretty tasty crust, even more so.
The stuffed Turkish bread resembles an open-faced calzone brimming with seasoned minced beef, kasseri cheese, eggs, and thyme-spiked, oven-roasted tomatoes. The tomatoes are the chef's welcomed contribution to this dish—roasted down to their sweet essence, yet still juicy, they add gratifying 'mmmmm' moments throughout the slices.