Craving pizza, but avoiding those pesky carbs and all that gluten? Sure, you can make a fat head pizza dough and whip up some yummy low carb pizza… but in my experience, fat head dough contains a lot of calories. I know that for me personally, I can’t limit myself to only one slice – it’s so darn tasty! I end up eating so much in one sitting! I have another option that I like to do on a more frequent basis, and maybe you will, too…
Let me ask you a few questions. Got some eggs in your refrigerator? Access to an oven? A small oven-safe baking dish? Well – let’s try something different!
Baked pizza eggs can be whatever you want them to be! Do you like a white pizza? Grab some ricotta. In the mood for something a bit more traditional? Grab some red sauce and all of your favorite pizza toppings. Not a sauce fan at all? I give you permission to leave it out all together!
Personally, I’m a big fan of topping my pizza with extra cheese, crispy pepperoni, and juicy black olives (see picture on the left). It’s the same when I make these baked eggs.
I always be sure to broil my baked eggs for a few minutes after cooling and before removing them from the oven – this ensures a crispy, bubbly top! It can be quite a decadent dish, too – imagine all that melted butter mixing with the cheese and sauce and your seasonings – OK I NEED TO STOP BECAUSE I’M GETTING HUNGRY TYPING THIS ALL UP FOR YOU!
Alright, I’m sure at this point you’re like that’s all well and good, but can you give me the recipe already? Okay, okay – here it is! This is my usual recipe:
- 1-2T butter (I prefer salted Kerrygold)
- 3 large eggs
- 25g shredded mozzarella cheese
- 40g ricotta cheese
- 15g finely grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 10g pepperoni
- 20g black olives
- Italian seasoning, to taste (I like Flavorgod or Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute)
- Pink salt, to taste
- Preheat your oven to 350F (325F if you like your yolks on the runny side)
- Cube 1-2T of butter and place at the bottom of your oven-safe baking dish. I make these eggs in a small baking dish because they’re usually just for me!
- Spoon sauce over the butter, then top with small scoops of ricotta cheese. Crack eggs on top, evenly dispersing them throughout the dish, and season eggs with salt.
- Evenly sprinkle mozzarella over the eggs, then follow up with the parmesan. Season with Italian seasoning of your choice.
- Add toppings – if you like your pepperoni/meat crispy, save those for the very top of your baking dish.
- Place your baking dish in the oven for 10-12 minutes and let your eggs cook. Cooking time will depend on how done you like your eggs to be, and how powerful your oven is. When the eggs look to be just about cooked, switch your oven to the broil setting and cook for an additional 4-7 minutes. Let that cheese and your toppings get all crispy and bubbly. Again, this time will vary depending on your personal preference, and your oven!
Here’s what the layers might look like:
Wasn’t that easy? Be sure to use oven mitts when removing your baked pizza eggs, and let the dish cool for a few minutes before digging in. You don’t want to burn your tongue!
This will give you ample opportunity to capture that delicious simmering buttery goodness in a boomerang on Instagram, or at the very least snap a few choice photos of your meal. I’d love to see your baked pizza eggs – please tag me.
Here’s what your baked pizza eggs might look like: