Breakfast Pizza | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast Pizza

Breakfast Pizza | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Right, we’ll talk about breakfast pizza in a minute. First, can we chat about working out? You know I hate it intensely. I’ve managed to make it to week 5 of a couch to 5K app without dying, but I’m on the verge of quitting again. I have to run 20 minutes straight, and if I don’t die of a heart attack, I’ll surely die of boredom. I can’t think of anything more dull than running for 20 minutes straight. Running is the actual worst.

We watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier for the first time the other night, and I think I may have found my dream workout class. Not that it exists. If someone ran a sexy super spy fight choreography fitness class, I’d sign up for sure. I always hear women talking about going to pole dancing classes rambling on about how empowering it is. I’m giving a hard eye roll to that. Teach me to kick ass like the Black Widow. That’s gotta be some real empowerment. 

I don’t want to actually hurt anyone. I just want to learn movie fighting. It’s so beautiful somehow. Does anyone else want to sign up for this imaginary class with me?

Breakfast Pizza | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I doubt Scarlett Johansson gets to eat Breakfast Pizza before getting geared up in her leather suit with her choke wire. She probably has to be carb-free for a month and go on a juice cleanse to fit into all of that. But we’re not action movie stars, so we can eat as much breakfast pizza as we want. Lucky us because it’s pretty hard to stop eating this.

To make this recipe in the UK requires a few adjustments because of the different ingredients that are available. I used puff pastry for the crust because they didn’t have any croissant dough available. I used this triangular frozen hash Breakfast Pizza | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day browns but smashed them up in the pan as they were cooking. I also used my old standby of Cumberland sausage jazzed up with cumin and crushed red chilli flakes. Cheddar cheese and eggs are still cheddar cheese and eggs.

 

Maybe if we go to super spy class, we can eat Breakfast Pizza without feeling guilty. Or we could just skip the guilt, and eat what makes us happy. It’s gonna be awesome.

Breakfast Pizza
Serves 6
Breakfast Pizza has all your morning favorites delivered on a flaky crust.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cans crescent rolls (you may not need them all, but buy two just in case) or 1 can croissant dough or 1 sheet puff pastry
  2. 1 pound sausage meat, casing removed
  3. Frozen hash browns (enough to cover a 10 inch skillet)
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  6. 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  7. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 4 eggs
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Start cooking your sausage in a skillet over medium high heat. Break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. You can add some extra seasoning if you like.
  3. In the meantime, spread a layer of crescent rolls over the bottom of a pizza pan or baking sheet. Rectangular breakfast pizza is completely acceptable. Pop this in the oven for five minutes to get a head start on cooking. This will prevent soggy crust.
  4. When the sausage is cooked through, carefully remove it from the pan to a paper towel-lined plate.
  5. In the same pan with the fat from the sausage, brown your hash browns. You may even need to add a bit more oil to prevent sticking. Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder. Toss the potatoes from time to time to brown them on all sides. This should take five to ten minutes depending on how brown you like them.
  6. Assemble your pizza by spreading the sausage around your parcooked crust. Next pile on the hash browns. Scatter the whole thing with cheese.
  7. In a small mixing bowl, beat four eggs. Ever so carefully, pour the eggs over your pizza, allowing it to seep through all the crevices.
  8. Bake your pizza in the oven for 20 minutes until golden. It will smell like sausage heaven when it's ready.
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving. I like mine dotted with hot sauce.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
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Eating Out: Little Italy

Eating Out: Little Italy

Eating Out: Little Italy

We’re fanatical about pizza and pasta. Lucky for us, there are plenty of great Italian restaurants in Glasgow. It somewhat makes up for the complete and total absence of decent Tex Mex. 

We’ve fallen for a great little spot in the West End called Little Italy. The atmosphere is bright and relaxed, and the staff is warm and friendly. There’s a counter at the front for takeaway, but we dined in and enjoyed every minute. 

Eating Out: Little Italy

Geoff wanted something on the lighter side, so he opted for Napli Pollo Picante. His big bowl of pasta was loaded up with veggies, chicken, and spicy chillies. He devoured it.

Eating Out: Little Italy

I went for a simple pepperoni pizza. My favorite thing about the pizza at Little Italy is the crust. It’s on the thin side, but it’s cooked perfectly. Soggy crust is one of my pet peeves, but I didn’t have to worry about that here. The crust was just the right level of crisp, there was plenty of cheese, and the sauce was delicious.

The prices are very reasonable, making Little Italy a great choice for a lunch break while thrift shopping in the West End. Let’s get into it.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

I wanted to quickly tell you about a great little oven-fired pizza place we love in Glasgow. Paesano Pizza is down a little side road in the City Centre. The interior is wide-open and airy, and the feature is the wood-fired ovens at the back behind an open counter where you can see your pizza being made. 

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

The menu here is short. It’s the kind of place that does one thing extremely well. I think there are about nine or ten different pizzas you can order, a few simple accompaniments, and a short beer and wine list. What else do you need?

Most of their staple ingredients are imported from Italy, as are, it seems, most of the employees based on their accents. I’m certainly not qualified to say whether or not this pizza is authentic, but it sure seems to have a lot of street cred.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

Geoff gets the spicy salami pizza and douses it generously from the large bottle of chili oil on the table.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

I order the Italian sausage pizza. The flavors are perfectly balanced. The sausage has a touch of spice, the sauce provides a hint of sweetness, the cheese is creamy, and the crust is just delicious. 

I’d recommend ordering two pizzas for two people. Geoff always eats all of his, and I bring half of mine home to eat the next day. If you’re with two light eaters, you may be able to share, but I can’t promise you’ll have as much fun.

They also make a tart of the day for dessert, but I haven’t had a chance to try one yet. This time there was a chocolate amaretto tart, and I wish I could have eaten it.

Eating Out: Paesano Pizza

You can get a pizza and a drink for just over £10, and the service is warm and friendly. If you’re a pizza lover, you need to check out Paesano Pizza.

Happy Hour: Bar 35

Happy Hour: Bar 35

Happy Hour: Bar 35

The next time you’re in Honolulu’s Chinatown, I absolutely insist you check out the happy hour at Bar 35. They have a gajillion drinks for super cheap, and gourmet fusion pizzas to feed your face. This can all be consumed in an outdoor seating area surrounded by bamboo with Madagascar day geckos climbing all over the walls. The whole thing is basically awesome.

Happy Hour: Bar 35

Happy hour is from 4:00 to 8:00 most days, which makes it so easy to get to. You’re not trying to squeeze in your drink order in the five minutes between when you get off work and when the good deals end. You have plenty of time to try a few different things. Geoff had three different beers from three different countries, Tahiti, Australia, and Canada. He also tried a local beer from Maui, Wailua Wheat, which he quite enjoyed. They have over 150 international beers to choose from, and many of them are only $4 during happy hour.

Happy Hour: Bar 35

If you’re a long time reader, you know I hate beer. Often times this means I either have to order the one cider, an expensive cocktail, or some boring single mixer well drink. Not at Bar 35. They had two pages of cocktails on special for happy hour. There were about ten Skyy vodka martinis for $3.75 and another five choices with Belvedere vodka for $5. I have the geisha, the Hotel Street, and something with berry and lychee that had an adorable name that I have since forgotten. There were all on the sweet side, which doesn’t bother me a bit, but definitely unique and refreshing.

Happy Hour: Bar 35

We also ordered the three cheese crostini with bacon and the French Kiss pizza which featured brie, ham, and pesto. The food selection is not extensive, but what they do offer is high quality and extremely tasty. It’s definitely more of a bar than a restaurant.

We went here once before on a Friday night, and it was packed. But early on a Tuesday, the back patio was very quiet and the inside was empty. I think I prefer the outdoor seating, but there’s definitely some cool stuff going on inside as well. Our service was great. We ended up staying much longer than I had originally intended. And with such great prices, it wasn’t actually that painful to get the bill after so many drinks. 

Happy Hour: Bar 35

I would definitely go back to Bar 35. I love that you never have to order the same drink twice. It’s such an amazing value for such a hip place in such a trendy part of town. I’m so glad I discovered their happy hour. Cheers!

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20

Super Fast Faux Pizza

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20

Having a real grown up job is mentally exhausting. I’d forgotten how much it can wear you out to have actual responsibilities. For eight and a half solid hours, I am currently learning at least a bazillion and a half new things every day. By the time I get home, I don’t even want to keep my eyes open. I definitely don’t want to make dinner. But I live with another person in my house who never forgets about eating dinner, ahem, tea. Something has to be done.

As usual, Nigella Lawson solves all my problems. This recipe is a pizzaesque concoction that takes about five minutes of actual effort and thirty minutes to cook. And there’s a good chance that you’ll have most, if not all, of the ingredients already in your kitchen. Nigella is a genius.

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20
Top this puffy crust to your heart’s content

Think savoury Dutch pancake topped with cheese and pepperoni. The crust is fluffy and eggy and super cheesy. Did I mention it takes five minutes? It’s post-work zombie-proof and super tasty. One pie is plenty for two people. It all comes together with one bowl and a whisk, then you can top it with whatever you want, and make it perfect for you.

Super Fast Faux Pizza from Awesome on 20

Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple. Don’t overthink it. And always, always eat pizza. Any way you can get it.

Super Fast Faux Pizza
Serves 2
A super fast pizza on an puffy, eggy crust
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg
  2. 100 grams (1 cup) all-purpose flour
  3. Salt to taste
  4. 250 ml (1 cup) milk
  5. 100 grams (3.5 ounces) shredded cheese (whatever you have in your fridge)
  6. Pepperoni, jalapenos, and all your favorite toppings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400 and lightly spray a 9-inch pie pan with oil.
  2. Beat the egg, flour, salt, and milk in a small mixing bowl until smooth.
  3. Stir in half the cheese.
  4. Pour batter into pie pan and bake for 30 minutes. It will become puffy and golden.
  5. Remove the pan from the oven and add remaining cheese and all your favorite toppings.
  6. Return pan to the oven for about 2 or 3 minutes to melt the cheese and warm your toppings.
  7. Cut into slices and serve.
Adapted from Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
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