Breakfast Pizza with Real California Milk Mozzarella Cheese

What do you do when you want to eat well but you’re dying to make pizza? You make pizza with Real California Milk mozzarella cheese and butternut squash pizza crust, of course! 

But this isn’t just any pizza. It’s pizza FOR BREAKFAST. It not only has the eggs and cheese that many of us crave in the morning, but it’s one seriously nutritious breakfast that will keep you fueled and satisfied throughout the bulk of your day.

While Real California milk mozzarella cheese provides a sustainable source of essential nutrients, such as calcium and protein, I love the substitution of the butternut squash pizza crust for regular pizza crust because the added pop of color (to taste the nutrition rainbow!) and the benefit of fiber makes it a no-brainer.

Are you ready to make your next breakfast epic? Make this and I’m sure you’ll want to make it again and again

Breakfast Pizza with Real California Milk Mozzarella Cheese

Time: 35 Minutes
Serves 4

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Ingredients
1 (10 oz) frozen butternut squash pizza crust
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
¼ lb sweet Italian sausage
⅓ cup sliced red onion
1 medium fennel bulb, cored, halved, and sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tsp thyme, chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ cup tomato sauce
4 oz shredded Real California Milk mozzarella cheese
2 eggs, scrambled

Directions
Preheat a baking stone in the oven to 450 F. Add pizza crust on a lined baking sheet. Bake from frozen for 10 minutes. Turn pizza over and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until golden. Remove crust from oven and set aside.

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a medium skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking up with a spoon until browned, about 4-5 minutes. Set sausage aside in a bowl.

To the same skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Add red onion and saute for 3-4 minutes until softened, scraping up any browned bits. Add fennel, garlic, thyme, and season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook, stirring for about 5 minutes, until fennel begins to soften. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fennel is tender and golden, about 5 more minutes. Remove from heat.

On a pizza peel, top pizza crust with tomato sauce, Real California Milk mozzarella cheese, fennel mixture and sausage. Pour egg scramble over the toppings and transfer the baking stone. 

Bake pizza for 10-12 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the crust is lightly browned. Remove from heat. Allow pizza to cool slightly and serve warm.


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Pierogies with Fried Sage and Butternut Squash  

Who loves pierogies? I do, I do! These pierogies with fried sage and butternut squash are delightful! They are made from scratch, so they're a little messy and take some dedication in the kitchen, which is why I'd recommend making them on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. But they are really fun to make and the process is extremely simple! 

The funny thing is that when I do “play” with flour, I often remember the stories my mom and my sisters would tell me about my twin brother and I diving into flour when we were toddlers. My brother and I knew how to get beyond the child locks in seconds, and when my mom wasn’t looking, we let the flour fly across the kitchen. I still remember doing this to some degree, but those memories are aided by a few funny pictures to document the events, which I’d love to dig up for you sometime, but not today. I suppose you could say these were some of my first foodie experiences! Regardless, being a twin was so much fun sometimes (and still is!).

Whether or not you like playing with flour for nostalgic reasons, you will enjoy making these pierogies. The butternut squash adds a little extra pizzaz than the average pierogi, which tend to have a couple simple ingredients, like sauerkraut and sour cream. I love the simple recipes too, but I really prefer to see color in every meal, which is why I also added the fried sage. 

As a serving size, I recommend about 4-5 pierogies for a reasonable portion and to serve them up with a side salad for an extra healthful touch. Salad tip: toss some greens you have on hand with sliced shallots, balsamic vinegar, a drizzling of olive oil, and crumbled queso fresco. So much yum!

Pierogis with Fried Sage and Butternut Squash  

Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Serves: 4-6
Yields: About 20-25 pierogis

Ingredients
1 large head of cabbage, quartered, core removed
8 tbsp butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 cup queso fresco, crumbled
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cups flour
4 egg yolks
2 tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup hot water
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small bunch fresh sage leaves, stems removed
3 medium shallots, thinly sliced
4 cups butternut squash, cut into ½-inch cubes
1 tbsp light brown sugar
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
Sour cream, to serve

Directions
Steam cabbage in a rice cooker according to rice cooker directions or in a steamer basket over a pot of boiling salted water, The pot should only be ¼ full of water. Cook cabbage until tender, about 6 minutes each side. Transfer cabbage to a plate to cool. Then squeeze out as much liquid from the cabbage as possible and transfer to a medium mixing bowl. 

While cabbage steams, heat butter in a medium skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook until golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Add cheese and reserved cabbage and stir in until cheese just starts to melt. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add flour and form a well in the center. Add egg yolks, 1 tsp salt, and sour cream into the center. With your hands, gently blend the ingredients together until just combined, adding a little water at a time. Knead the dough in the bowl (or on a lightly floured surface if desired), adding more water if necessary, until firm and smooth. Let the dough rest for 10 minutes and then cut in half.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one dough half into 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out rounds of dough with a 3-inch biscuit cutter. Form remaining dough scraps into a ball and roll out again, continuing to cut out rounds. Repeat with other dough half.

Brush a bit of water around the edges of each round. Pick up a dough round and hold in one hand, spooning a bit of the filling into the center. Fold one end over the filling into a half circle and press to seal the edges, folding over edges into pleats if desired. Repeat with remaining rounds. 

Heat a pot of boiling salted water. Add about half of the pierogis and cook for 10 minutes, until the pierogis float to the surface. Set aside and repeat with remaining pierogis.

In a small skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat. Add sage and cook until crisp, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and transfer sage to a paper towel lined plate. 

Heat oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add shallots and butternut squash. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until shallots have softened, about 6 minutes. Stir in ½ cup water and brown sugar and bring to a simmer and cook, covered, but stirring occasionally, until squash is tender, about 10 minutes. 

Add pierogis to shallots and squash with with balsamic vinegar and cook for 3 minutes, until incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately on plates garnished with a dollop of sour cream and fried sage. 

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