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Egg and Leek Pizza with Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar

Egg and Leek Pizza with Castello® Extra Mature Cheddar

2 servings

Pizza is a crowd-pleaser, no doubt about that. But there are ways to mix it up and do something more with it, like this pizza with egg and leeks. Leeks are versatile and delicious vegetables and put on a pizza with egg sunny side up, every pizza lover out there will approve. Though it may sound different, pizza with egg is quite common in different countries including the birthplace of pizza: Italy. Try this leek pizza with egg and see for yourself how the different flavours and textures combine to make a well-balanced, different, and tasty meal for your next pizza night.

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ingredients

For the dough:

  • 175 g plain flour or italian tipo 00 four
  • 75 g whole wheat flour
  • 5 g dry yeast (20g fresh yeast)
  • 150 ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt flakes

For the topping:

preparation

1. In a bowl, dissolve the yeast in water. 

2. Add the oil and then salt and the two types of flour, mix well.

3. Knead the dough until smooth – can be done in an electric mixer if you have one. The dough can be a little sticky.

4. Place the dough in a bowl and cover the bowl with a tea towel or cling film. Leave the dough to rise for approx. 1 to 1½ hours. 

5. While the dough is rising, cut the leeks in 1cm slices and rinse well in cold water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, submerge your leeks to blanch them for 1 minute. Take out right away and then rinse in cold water, leave to drain in a colander.

6. Place the blanched leeks in a mixing bowl with the grated cheese, salt and pepper and thyme leaves.

7. Preheat the oven 225°C (convection oven).

8. When then dough is ready, tip the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it lightly, form a round ball and place it onto a piece of baking parchment paper. Now roll out the dough on the paper to a large round pizza base, stretching out to the edges of the paper.

9. Divide the topping across the base of the dough, leaving 1 cm from the edge. Now place the pizza in the oven, either on baking stone or baking tray (sheet pan). Keep it on the baking paper.

10. Bake the pizza for 15 minutes, remove and, in the middle of the pizza, crack both the eggs in the centre of the pizza, sunny side up. Place back in the oven and bake for 5 minutes more. Take the pizza out and serve right away.

Pizza with egg and leeks is not something you see every day, but it is a good way to leave your pizza comfort zone and try something new. Below, you can read some frequently asked questions about egg on pizza and the versatile vegetable leeks.

Sensory hack tip

Sensory hack tip

Leeks are great in all shapes and sizes and in this recipe, we use them blanched and sliced on pizza. However, you can make the flavours burst by caramelizing the leeks before you put the pizza in the oven. Melt some butter in a skillet and sauté for a few minutes. The leeks will become tender and start to caramelize. Add a pinch of salt and put the leeks on the pizza before baking it.

FAQs

  • How to put egg on pizza?

    The traditional way to put egg on pizza is by prebaking the pizza, taking it out of the oven, cracking one or more eggs on it and then letting it finish baking until the whites are firm and the yolk is as you prefer. You can also sprinkle some cheese on top of the raw egg for a more scrumptious pizza with egg. Egg with cheddar cheese, shredded mozzarella or salty parmesan cheese is the perfect addition to your pizza. See our recipe for more detailed instructions, tips, and more. You can also make pizza with scrambled eggs. In this case, you whisk egg, water and some herbs or spices, and pour over the other ingredients on the pizza before baking it. In other words, you add all ingredients, including the eggs, at the same time. Bake the pizza for the required amount of time, 10-15 minutes, and enjoy your scrambled egg pizza.

  • What to make with leeks?

    Leeks are used in many different recipes, but an uncommon way of using it is on a pizza. Pizza with leeks might not be the most popular version, but it is really good. The flavour and the texture of leeks are perfect on pizza – and combined with eggs, as we do in our recipe, you get a different but delicious pizza topping that challenges the common pizza norms a bit.