The Off Menu: New York episode was one of my favorites because I discovered so many new food gems in a city I already love. You can't really talk food in New York without bringing up pizza and we visited Paulie Gee's Pizza in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. After eating our way through most of the menu, Paulie finally showed us the "off menu" item that you have to know to order: this Monte Cristo pizza. This was originally a pizza on Paulie's brunch menu but is now only made by request! Also, I should say that Paulie is decidedly anti topping the pizza with an egg but I totally love it that way so I added it!
or Black Forest Ham
Heat oven to 450°F and arrange rack in the middle. Place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack while the oven heats up. Meanwhile, roll pizza dough to a 9-inch round or oval shape on a piece of parchment paper. Pierce the pizza dough in several places to prevent it from bubbling up unevenly. Drizzle olive oil on the baking sheet and place dough on top. Pierce the dough in several places to prevent it from bubbling up unevenly.
Sprinkle dough with cheese, then top with ham. Bake pizzas until the crust is crispy, cheese is melted, and underside of dough is golden brown, about 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, if making the egg, heat up remaining oil in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. When it shimmers, add eggs and cook until whites are set and the outer edges are just starting to curl up. If the edges start to curl before the whites in the center are fully cooked, remove the pan from the heat, cover with a lid, and set aside for one or two minutes until the whites are set.
When pizzas are ready, remove from oven, top with egg (if using), drizzle with Maple syrup, and serve immediately.
Food styling and photography by Aida Mollenkamp