/ Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

by Leslie Watson Harris

Chef Mickey’s is one of my boys’ favorite destinations when we’re visiting Walt Disney World.  From the fascination of riding a monorail right into the Contemporary Resort, to the characters, it’s always a winner.  While we aren’t big buffet fans, there is something wonderful about a breakfast buffet, and Chef Mickey’s never disappoints.  We love to recreate this breakfast pizza at home and relive the memories, and with a little preparation the night before, it is possible to do this on a school morning!

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 pre-made multi-grain pizza crust (though you can certainly make your own, and we will do that on Cooking Up Some Magic in the coming weeks!)
½ cup ricotta cheese
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
¼ cup half & half
2 eggs, scrambled and cooled
4 strips of bacon, pre-cooked and chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

1.  Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2.  Scramble 2 eggs.  Once cooked they can be put in the freezer to cool down quickly.  After cooling, place them in a bowl with salt and pepper, and then add the ½ and ½ and stir it up, then set it aside.

3.  Put the ricotta cheese in a small bowl and add salt and pepper to taste.  One mixed, spread the cheese over the crust, then sprinkle on the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.  Next, sprinkle the scrambled egg/half and half mixture, then top with chopped bacon.  (If there is extra ½ and ½ in the egg mixture, just discard it.)

4.  Bake directly on your oven’s rack in the center of the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown up nicely.  Remove from oven, and allow to cool slightly before slicing.  I like to serve this with a little fresh fruit, like a couple of orange slices, or some grapes.

This recipe gets three thumbs on our house – all 3 boys loved it, and it disappeared fast!

Leslie’s hints:

  • When a recipe calls for crumbled bacon, I like to slice it before cooking.  Simply pull all 4 slices off the slab together and slice through into ½ to 1 inch slices.  Separate the slices before tossing them all into a hot frying pan together. This allows you to just stir it with a wooden spoon while frying, then lift out the bacon bits with a slotted spoon and put them on a plate that has been lined with a paper towel to drain.  Once they cool, you’re ready to go.
  • Using a store-bought crust is convenient, but they tend to look a little…anemic…to me. I would probably brush the crust with an egg wash or a little melted butter before baking to get it to brown up next time we try this one.
  • This recipe can easily be made on a school morning with a little prep work the night before.  If you fry up the bacon and scramble the eggs, both can be stored overnight in the refrigerator so they’re ready to go in the morning.  It then takes less than 5 minutes to prepare the pizza, and then you’re ready to bake as soon as your oven is hot.  Nothing says “I love you” like a warm breakfast!

Leslie is a long-time Disney fan, having marched down Main Street USA with her high school marching band and honeymooned there as well.  A busy working mother of 3 boys, Leslie is a foodie who also has run several half marathons to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

One Response to "Cooking Up Some Magic – Chef Mickey’s Breakfast Pizza"

  1. Natalie says:

    I made this as a special treat this weekend for my son’s birthday while we were camping. We actually grilled it over our campfire. It was delicious! 6 of the 7 people in our family gave it rave reviews!

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