During each of Texas A&M's conference games, I'll be posting a brunch recipe and complementary cocktail for us all to enjoy. The recipes won't be your typical tailgate fare. I'm classing these up to bring a little extra fancy to our everyday lives. And really what's not to love? Brunch and cocktails is pretty much the best combination around. Get a group of friends together & celebrate your weekend! See all SEC Brunch posts.
What's better to eat while watching a sporting event than beer & pizza? Answer: nothing. It's classic. Default. Almost boring... if you let it be.
This week, Texas A&M is playing Arkansas. BTHO Pig, as we say here in Aggieland. Last year, I made pulled pork sandwiches and coleslaw. This year, I wanted to keep eating pig. And I really, really wanted an excuse to eat pizza. Bacon pizza has been done, so I went with crispy pork belly. And then I added Brussels sprouts & a Balsamic glaze. Serve with a nice beer & orange juice cocktail, and you have the perfect brunch.
Brussels Sprouts & Crispy Pork Belly Pizza
- 1 serving pizza dough (I used this cornmeal pizza dough recipe)
- 2 cups shaved Brussels sprouts
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 lb. pork belly slab
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 2 TBS butter
- 2 cups mozarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup Gruyère cheese, shredded
Heat your oven to 450 degrees. If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven now, to heat it up.
Mix Brussels sprouts with olive oil & seasonings. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & spread the Brussels sprouts evenly on the pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes.
While the Brussels sprouts are cooking, heat a pan on medium high heat. Cook the pork belly, fat side up, until mostly cooked through. Flip to fat side down & cook more until crispy. Remove the pork from the pan, to rest. Add the chopped onions & butter to the pan. Cook until carmelized.
Once the pork is cool enough to handle, slice it into slices as thin as possible.
Now all your toppings are ready to go. Assemble the pizza!
Take your stone out of the oven, or get out your pizza pan. Roll the dough out on the pizza pan, then cover with the Brussels Sprouts, cheese, and onions. Drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Then place the pork slices on top.
Cook at 450 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crispy brown. Serve with the Lunchbox cocktail (below).
The Lunchbox cocktail may be the best breakfast cocktail around. I love mimosas, but those can get a little old after a while. And while Bloody Mary's or Micheladas are great, I'm still partial to orange juice. So, enter the Lunchbox.
Happy brunching! Cheers!