Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 ounces chicken sausage with jalapeño peppers, chopped
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapeño peppers
1 large egg white, lightly beaten
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 425°.
Unroll dough onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray; pat into a 15 x 10–inch rectangle.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sausage; cook 9 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in eggs; cook 1 1/2 minutes or until set. Remove from heat.
Sprinkle Monterey Jack lengthwise down center of dough, leaving about a 2 1/2-inch border on each side. Spoon egg mixture evenly over cheese. Sprinkle cheddar over egg mixture; top with jalapeño peppers.
Make 2-inch-long diagonal cuts about 1 inch apart on both sides of dough to within 1/2 inch of filling using a sharp knife or kitchen shears. Arrange strips over filling, alternating strips diagonally over filling. Press ends under to seal. Brush with egg white. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut crosswise into slices.
When I have family and friends visiting, they request this for breakfast. I will use whatever breakfast meats and veggies I have on hand. While it is not a "lighter option" I often substitute the pizza dough with crescent roll dough, which creates a lighter, flakier crust.
This is great...with pizza crust on-hand, it's easy to put together and it seems very adaptable. I gave only four stars simply because we don't like jalapenos, but I would definitely make this again - especially for company. I used ground turkey breakfast sausage, mushrooms in place of onions and mozzarella instead of jack as these were what I had on-hand (and my husband doesn't like onions). I make my own whole-grain crust, so the only hitch is making it the day before; but for this I happened to have some left over. As a "side" I used the remaining dough to make breadsticks, rolled in butter and cinnamon-sugar :).
My family asked me to make this over and over. While it likely increases the fat content, using crescent roll dough instead of pizza dough makes it flakier. I also change up the meats and veggies depending on what's in the fridge. Also works for the vegetarians in the family by removing the meat and upping the veggies (i.e. mushrooms, bell peppers, asparagus, onions).
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