Oven-Baked Tortilla Pizzas| Tomatoes, Salami, Fresh Mozzarella, Wild Arugula | Shrimp with Pesto, Bacon, Truffle Oil, Caviar

SOMETIME, SOMEWHERE, IN THE SIXTH or seventh grade, I remember being taught or reading that pizza was a far more nutritional breakfast than most cereals and/or a donut. That was all the convincing I needed as I came up with a good way to use some leftover ingredients from some of most recent meals.

Only needing to buy some soft flour tortillas and some shrimp, i only needed to—once I got home—brush one side each of two tortillas with some olive oil. I then flipped them and placed them oil side down on individual aluminum pizza plates (actually, I had to buy those too). I then brushed the outer edges of each tortilla with additional olive oil.

Then on one of the shells, I spooned some diced tomatoes, which I had seasoned with dried basil leaves, garlic powder, salt and fresh-cracked pepper. I arranged some semi-thin slices of fresh mozzarella cheese around the tortilla, then layered that with quartered salami slices. I sprinkled some oregano over the whole "pie", then a pinch more salt, pepper, followed by a liberal sprinkling of grated parmesan cheese, and a brief additional drizzle of olive oil.

On the second tortilla, I spread a thin layer of pesto sauce, then topped that with some shrimp I had briefly boiled, then some bacon bits. I drizzled some white truffle oil (expensive, yes, but worth it with the high number of applications it's capable of), and a "splattering" of black lumpfish caviar.

The tortillas being so thin, the cooked and crisped up quite nicely and quickly once the pans were placed in a preheated oven on full broil. They were done in about six minutes, with the tomato-based pie getting dressed with fresh wild arugula and a few scant drops of balsamic vinegar.

Healthier than a doughnut? Sure. The get plenty of vitamins and minerals from the herbs, greens, and tomatoes.

Tastier than a doughnut? Of course! Heck, these were tastier than most pizzas, as my neighbor, Gina, and my friends and staff at the restaurant below me attested to when then got to enjoy the other six slices I dared not overwhelm my stomach with (although the taste buds were most willing!).

Most kind people joke about how they wish they could likewise live close to me, to also enjoy the over-abundance of my cooking. But I truly believe that these are one of my recipes that, even in the most limited kitchens, almost anyone can recreate.

And it's far cheaper than trying to move in next door to me...! ;)

Bun Apple Tea!


Oven-Baked Tortilla Pizzas Tomatoes, Salami, Fresh Mozzarella, Wild Arugula | Shrimp with Pesto, Bacon, Truffle Oil, Caviar