If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you already know I have a penchant for not-so-common pizza toppings. And here is another – eggs! Ok, wipe that look off your face….I know it sounds completely inappropriate, but to date I have a 100% success rate in changing the Ewww’s! to Ooooh’s! when presenting this pizza to guests.
The Fiorentina Pizza is not my unique idea. It is one of the many delicious pizzas created by UK-based pizza chain Pizza Express. While living in London in the 90’s, Pizza Express was a staple in our family’s diet. Weekly (sometimes daily….) visits were a must. My go-to was always the Margherita (mozzarella and tomato) until I was introduced to the Fiorentina by best friend Kelly. Despite being topped with ingredients I thought I didn’t like (spinach, olives, runny eggs), I ignored my gut instincts and had a bite. Oh. My. God. That sh*t was good! The salty olives, earthy spinach and just enough run in the egg yolk to create a bonus sauce – everything melded into awesomeness.
- Pizza dough
- Pizza sauce (store bought)
- 4 – 6 Oz. frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- Fresh mozzarella, shredded
- 6 – 8 black olives, pitted and chopped
- 2 – 3 eggs, room temperature
Preheat gas grill and pizza stone on high heat. Spread dough out on a floured pizza peel. Shimmy, to ensure it is not sticking. Spread the pizza sauce evenly around the crust. Scatter the spinach, olives and cheese evenly. Transfer to the pizza stone, and lower heat to medium. Crack each egg onto the pizza, trying not to let them overlap. Allow to cook for 10 -12 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and dough is cooked through. Also make sure that egg whites are cooked through. Transfer back to the peel. Allow to cool for 5 – 10 minutes before cutting.
Pizza Dough (for one pizza)
- 1 C. flour
- 1/2 tsp. yeast
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 – 1/3 C. warm water
Combine flour, yeast and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Slowly add water until you reach desired consistency. Turn to “stir” and knead for 7 – 10 minutes. Dump into oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise for until doubled in volume. Punch down dough, and divide into balls (one for each pizza). Cover until ready to use.