Ever made pizza for a crowd?
If you have then you know the irony of slaving in front of a hot oven, covered in flour, and being remarkably stressed for something that’s supposed to be cool and casual and like “no big deal, man”. Not that I’ll never host another proper pizza party again (they are fun in a chaotic sort of way) but as I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, I’ve found ways to arrive at the same concept without all the drama. These easy flatbread brunch pizzas are a great way to get a fun meal on the table for a big crowd while avoiding the urge to curl up in the fetal position at any moment.
Are we cutting corners?
Short answer – HELL YES! You know I love making pizza dough from scratch, but sometimes I just need the pizza, not the process. So instead of thinking of this as cheating, let’s view it as a whole new animal. Because flatbread or naan or lavash will never equal the same chewy, bubbly pizza crust that haunts my dreams at night, but it will put something on the table that’s roughly identifiable as pizza and is more delicious than it has any right to be, given the minimal effort involved.
How to make flatbread brunch pizzas, or any flatbread pizza for that matter
This is easy. Buy flatbreads, assemble toppings, find friends (this is optional as I think a pizza party for one is a rad idea), and party it up. But if you’re really looking for some tips to make sure you have the most super awesome totally amazing flatbread pizza party ever then read on.
- Buy a good flatbread. I suggest a packaged naan bread – well sized to hold ample toppings without being unwieldy, and thick enough that the crust won’t sog out or get too crispy in the oven.
- Always have more cheese than you think you might need – in my experience people are very cheese motivated and will use a lot, and it’s a party so I’m down with that.
- Know which stuff to cook ahead of time – this goes for any pizza party, but it’s worth repeating. Heartier toppings like sausage, bacon, or mushrooms will benefit from seeing some heat before a trip to the oven, whereas thinly sliced onions can go on raw.
- Eggs take longer to cook in the oven than you might think – so just be patient and wait for the the whites to set completely before pulling your pie.
- Final touches make a difference – Adding some fresh herbs, a drizzle of honey, a shaving of parmesan or even a squeeze of lemon just before you slice and serve is a real game changer and will up your pizza party game in literal seconds.
And that’s it! A pizza party without all the stress. And if you’re looking for some other fun pizza ideas, check these out:
Thanks again for reading and hope everyone is having a great Tuesday (yay!) that feels like a Monday (boo!).
Easy Flatbread Brunch Pizzas
These brunch pizzas are easy, delicious, and perfect for feeding a crowd. No dough to cook or sauce to make either! This recipe includes an option for a bacon brunch pizza or a smoked salmon variety, but crumbled sausage, roasted veggies, or anything else you might want draped on a bagel breakfast sandwich would be stellar here.
- Prep Time: 5 Minutes
- Cook Time: 20 MInutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 8 Servings
- Category: Brunch
- Cuisine: Pizza
4 whole wheat naan flatbreads
6 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups shredded mozzarella
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled OR 4 ounces of smoked salmon
8 large eggs
1 T everything but the bagel seasoning
4 scallions, sliced thin
1/2 C red onion, chopped fine
Arugula and lemon wedges to garnish
Preheat your oven to 375°F.
Lay your naan breads out on two rimmed baking sheets. Spread a tablespoon or two of cream cheese evenly on each piece, leaving a one inch border. Divide the mozzarella evenly among the four pizzas and if using bacon, evenly distribute between the pies.
Using a spoon make two, two inch indentations in the cheese of each pizza*. Carefully crack an egg into each indentation. Sprinkle the everything bagel seasoning evenly over all the pizzas.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the eggs are just set and the whites have gone from clear to opaque.
Remove from oven and garnish with sliced scallions, red onions, arugula, and lemon wedges. Slice and serve immediately.
*This recipe assumes you’re either making bacon pizzas or smoked salmon ones – but feel free to split the difference and make two of each (it’s a party, right?). If that’s the case, you’ll only need 2 slices of bacon and 2 ounces of smoked salmon.
*The eggs don’t need a ton of room – just push the cheese out of the way to make a little well for the egg to rest in.
*If you’re nervous about shell or broken yolks, then just crack the eggs into a small bowl first, then gently place them, one at a time, onto the pizzas.
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