While I’m not usually a savory breakfast person, this morning I woke up with music in my ears:
Whheeenn thhheee… moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore!
When the ya-da-da-da, I-don’t-know-the-words, that’s amore!
With that, I had to have pizza. Except since I also have a love for oatmeal that borders on an obsession, it simply had to be an oatmeal pizza!
Everyone loves pizza, right? In our darker moments, I think we’ve all eaten leftover pizza for breakfast. Or maybe that shouldn’t be considered a “darker moment” – maybe that was the best darn moment of your life so far.
Well, I wanted to continue this proud or shameful tradition of eating pizza for breakfast. Except this oatmeal “pizza” has the added benefit of being healthy! Instead of twenty-pounds of Pizza Hut grease, you’ve got plenty of vegetables and whole grains.
On the topic of pizza, I simply have to share with you two of my favorite news stories from the last year (can you guess that they both involve pizza?)
News Story 1: Hostage Situation
A 25-year-old man in Astrakhan, Russia took two students, two teachers and a security guard hostage in a local college. He claimed to have a gun and a box of explosives. When the police negotiators arrived, the hostage taker’s demands were revealed: He wanted a pizza and a bottle of Sprite. After these items were given to him, he released the hostages.
(Full story at Gawker)
News Story 2: A Determined Delivery Boy
In Atlanta (Georgia, USA), a delivery driver for Papa Johns was approached by two men armed with guns. They took his car, leaving the driver – and, more importantly, the precious pizza – unharmed. Rather than call the police or freak-out, the driver completed his mission and delivered the pizza by foot. Only after he’d delivered the pizza did the driver call the police.
(Full story at Gawker)
So there we go, pizza is clearly considered very valuable! But I’m sure I didn’t have to tell you that.
For this pizza baked oatmeal, I’ve left the pizza toppings open-ended, since everyone seems to have different ideas about what should and shouldn’t be on a pizza. Some people love pineapple, others think it’s an abomination. My only request is that you don’t add cheeseburgers or hot dogs – and yes, those pizza toppings do exist (unfortunately).
I topped my “pizza” with eggplant, mushrooms, red bell pepper (capsicum) and baby kale. I generally prefer my pizza cheeseless (I know, weird), but if you have more normal pizza eating habits than me, feel free to add mozzarella, parmesan, soy cheese, etc. And since I couldn’t be bothered to make some pizza/pasta sauce, I actually just microwaved some tomato passata (tomato purée) along with some salt and pepper to make the sauce. You can, of course, use store-bought pizza/pasta sauce, but I’m afraid my (Italian) mother would have a heart attack if I ever used store-bought sauce.
If you’re topping your pizza with vegetables, they just need to be sliced before scattering them over the oatmeal base. The only exception to this would be if you’re adding pumpkin or sweet potato or another root vegetable that takes ages to cook (in which case they need to be roasted, or at least well microwaved, first). If, however, you’re adding some kind of meat you may need to cook it first – but honestly, I’m completely clueless about cooking meat.
Question for anyone and everyone:
What are your favorite pizza toppings? And what are the weirdest pizza toppings that you’ve ever come across?
- ⅓ cup cooked and mashed potato*
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon polenta (cornmeal)
- Several dashes salt and pepper
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tablespoon pizza/pasta sauce (such as marinara)
- Toppings of choice, e.g. eggplant, mushrooms, bell pepper (capsicum), arugula (rocket), kale, olives and/or cheese
- Grease a mini springform pan** very well. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
- In a bowl, combine the mashed potato, rolled oats, basil, oregano, polenta, and salt and pepper. Add the baking powder and milk, and mix until well combined.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Spread over the pizza sauce, and scatter over the toppings of your choice.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, and (if possible) let it cool for a few minutes before removing it from the pan. Enjoy!
**My mini springform pan was 4.3 in (11cm) wide. If you don't have a mini springform pan, use another small baking dish.