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White Pizza With Pecorino, Scallions and Egg

White Pizza With Pecorino, Scallions and Egg

This month, we’re featuring egg recipes, and for our final installment, we chose a delicious pizza from Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks. The crust is slathered with olive oil instead of the traditional tomato sauce, then topped with salty cheese and finished with runny eggs on top. It requires only a handful of ingredients, but the combination of flavors packs a punch. Here’s how to make it…

White Pizza with Pecorino, Scallions and Egg
by Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks

Our first “real” pizza together was in Rome in 2007. We were on our honeymoon and went to the best pizza place in town, according to our guidebook. The crust was thin and crispy, the sauce delightfully tangy, there was an egg on top. An egg on pizza? We were wary, but it was fabulous.

This experience started a deep interest (slash obsession) with artisan, Italian-style pizza. We flew home scheming about the pizza place we wanted to open. But first, we had to figure out how to make pizza ourselves. It took us years to perfect, but after lots of trial and error, we developed our own recipe for pizza crust, and learned that the best toppings are the simplest. This recipe is based on a pizza we had in Rome last year. Instead of tomato sauce, it’s brushed with olive oil. The Pecorino Romano cheese is the key to its distinct flavor. And the egg: just like our first Roman pizza, it’s irresistible, and makes for a creamy, gooey mess of a pizza.

You’ll need:

4 scallions (green onions)
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Pecorino Romano cheese
2 eggs
1 pizza dough (we like this homemade recipe, or you can buy ready-made dough)
Olive oil
Kosher salt

Prepare your preferred pizza dough. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 475F.

Slice the green parts off of the scallions so they form long ribbons. In a small skillet, heat 1/2 tablespoon olive oil. Add the scallions and sauté until slightly tender, stirring, for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

When the oven is ready, stretch the dough into a circle. Place the dough on a floured pizza peel or take your pizza stone out of the oven and carefully place the dough on it.

Quickly assemble the pizza by brushing olive oil over the dough and sprinkling with kosher salt. Sprinkle 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, then 1/2 cup Pecorino cheese. Top with scallions. Carefully crack two eggs on top and sprinkle with a bit more of kosher salt.

Transfer the pizza to the oven, and bake until the egg white is set and the yolk is still runny, about 7 minutes.

White Pizza with Pecorino, Scallions and Egg

Thanks so much, Sonja and Alex!

P.S. More cheesy recipes, including stracciatella pizza and ricotta gnocchi.

(Photos and recipe by Sonja and Alex Overhiser of A Couple Cooks. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. sarah says...

    My neighbors and I trade Friday night entertaining. We put on a movie for our kids and have wine and relax and debrief about the week. I made this for them tonight along with a red cabbage salad. I made it large with 6 or more eggs. Can’t wait to make again. So special, elegant, and comforting. And EASY.

    For those who were wondering….I didn’t use a pizza stone. Just well olive-oiled dough (bought prepared in a bag from TJs) on a cookie sheet pan.

    Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. yum yum! i’ve recently just started making my own pizza for dinner instead of ordering in. love that i get to put my own toppings on it, but i haven’t tried making a white pizza yet.
    excited to try!

    hammyta.wordpress.com

  3. Carla Rudder says...

    What is the cloth on the pizza peel? I’ve always had a hard time getting my prepared pizza to slide off the peel and onto the stone in the oven. Does this help?

  4. CW says...

    I purchased all of the ingredients and I’ll be making it tonight :)

  5. This looks amazing! I have to make this soon :)

  6. Sasha says...

    I’m making this tonight! Munster instead of mozzarella, and fresh eggs. Our hens are laying so many we can hardly keep up. My husband said, “eggs on pizza? Why not.” We’ve also been loving huevos rancheros with roasted tomatoes for dinner.

    Your blog is just delightful, so happy I found it!

  7. What a unique take on pizza! Last weekend my husband and I had kimchi and sausage pizza and it was inspired!! Love this post!

    xoxo http://www.touchofcurl.com

  8. Lucy says...

    Well, this just looks bloody amazing. I really want to get into making my own Pizzas… they’re one of my favourite foods and I just want to find a healthier way to eat them! Thanks for sharing this :)
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Emma says...

    I made something similar the other night with ramps!

  10. Thanks for the reminder! I love a good runny egg on my pizza. :)

  11. Any recommendations for modifying if you don’t have a pizza stone? Thanks!

    • Hi Kate! Sonja of A Couple Cooks here. I’d highly recommend getting a pizza stone if you can! They are fairly cheap and TOTALLY worth it!

  12. I first saw eggs on pizza in France several years ago. At the time I thought it was gross. Fast forward to about two years ago and first tried it; I feel in love. Now it is one of my favorite things. This pizza looks fabulous.

  13. jeannie says...

    This looks amazing! I love eggs on pizza! I first saw that on a trip to France and I will definitely be trying this version.