Pizza Alla Bismark

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Whole pizza with cheese, mushrooms, and an egg in the middle

When I started dating my husband, about five years ago, we would often engage in a conversation about cooking. He seemed interested, intrigued, and “knowledgeable” – he would agree to everything I said so I thought he knew what I was talking about. It wasn’t until I went to his place when I first found out about his cooking skills. Don’t get me wrong, the food was good, but he didn’t exactly make it; a box did. In his pantry he had a bunch of these packets for muffin mixes, bread mixes, pizza mixes – that is why he didn’t know how to answer my “how much flour did you use” question. On the other hand, I didn’t even know that all these short-cuts existed. I knew about the cake mixes, but not about the rest of the stuff in his pantry (pumpkin cheesecake in a box!).

Fast forward to December of 2010 – I prepared a pizza and it wasn’t from scratch! Hubby felt that I had been working too much (he noticed!?!) so he bought a couple of Betty Crocker Pizza Crust pouches (the kind he used back in the day) and asked me to give them a try – and I did. Well, gosh, Betty knows what she’s doing! The taste of this crust is simply homemade! The only trouble I had with it was when I tried to press the dough in my pizza pan, it kept breaking. At that point I turned to the original method of spinning the pizza dough with my hands just a few times and it all worked out. Next in line were the toppings, and that’s where Pizza Alla Bismark steps in!

Pizza Alla Bismark is a pizza topped with a raw egg, which after cooking it becomes a sunny side up egg in the middle of your pizza! I first saw this type of pizza many years ago in Macedonia and I did not want to try it. “Where’s my pepperoni?”, was the thought that kept circling in my head. No pepperoni to be found – just ham chunks and an egg. So, as the saying goes, ‘don’t knock it until you try it’. I tried it. To my surprise I could not wait for the next slice. This was one incredible pizza – the runny yolk mixed in with the ham and cheese was a superb combination.

You will need:

  • 10 inch pizza pan
  • 1 Betty Crocker Pizza Crust Mix pouch (6.5 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or fresh tomato chunks
  • 1 slice Thick Cut smoked bacon, cooked and cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup canadian bacon, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 raw egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano


  • Preheat oven at 450.
  • Per package instructions: Stir pizza crust mix and hot water until moistened; beat 20 times, cover, and let stand 5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare your toppings.
  • Then, take the dough and press it into your pizza pan, using floured fingers.
  • Spread the tomato sauce, then add the smoked bacon, the canadian bacon, the mushrooms, 1/4 cup of the cheese, and add the raw egg in the middle of the pizza.
  • Layer the rest of the cheese, add salt and pepper, and sprinkle the oregano.
  • Put the pizza in the oven for about 15 minutes. Watch the egg – you want it cooked, yet runny, so that the yolk spreads onto the rest of the pizza when you cut into it.

A slice of Pizza Alla Bismark topped with cheese, mushrooms, and an egg

  • Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before cutting.

Note: I was not asked, nor was I paid to do this review – I just wanted to share it with you because it is a delicious time saver.

33 Responses
  1. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    The pizza looks soooo good, Kate. The egg is a great concept and I can’t wait to try a pizza like this! I so didn’t know about Betty Crocker and her pizza crusts! Nuts! I’m glad it worked out πŸ™‚

  2. Amy Bakes Everything

    My husband rolls his eyes at me when I pull out the yeast and start kneading dough for pizza crust…he always thinks I should just buy the mix and add water! I thought “pizza alla bismark” was going to have something to do with pizza and donuts (I’m so dumb)! Great job, I think egg and ham on pizza sounds so great!

  3. C1tr4

    I just knew that there is such a pizza crust ready to mix ^_^ .. I wish I could find it here.. I usually make may own pizza dough and keep for several days…
    Your pizza looks scrumptious !

    1. Kate @

      I make my own pizza dough, too, but this crust mix is really really good. I was surprised because I usually don’t like things that come in a box, but this was delicious.

  4. Liz

    LOL about your husband’s cooking skills…cute story! I used to buy Trader Joe’s pizza dough, but they’ve changed vendors…not so good. I’ll have to try your shortcut! Thanks~

  5. fooddreamer

    Sometimes, the shortcuts are really worth it! We’ve often relied on the refrigerated pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. Topped with our favourite toppings, you’d never know the difference.
    I am intrigued by the egg on top. I love eggs, but like you, would be a tad suspicious of the lack of regular toppings. But I bet it really is good!

    1. Kate @

      You’re absolutely right! The shortcut was well worth it with this crust. There isn’t a TJ’s anywhere near us, but I’d try that, too!

      Think of this pizza as a crust/bread with breakfast toppings – bacon, ham, and egg! πŸ™‚

  6. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time

    I love the idea of this pizza with the egg in the middle. Thanks for the tip on the crust in a box too. I’ll be all over that one. Sometimes there just isn’t time or energy to do it from scratch, even if the spirit is willing.

    1. Kate @

      I agree – sometimes I am all for making it from scratch, but the energy is missing. I am so happy with this shortcut – I am not sure when I’ll make a crust from scratch again.

  7. Dionne Baldwin

    I adore pizza this way! We had this in France in a little restaurant that served amazing pizza, calzones and everything had an egg on it! Delicious.

  8. Sandra

    I got to be honest..I never tried Betty’s pizza mixture, and I love all their products! It sounds so easy! As for toppings, I love ham and mushrooms, but never ate with an egg..I will try it!

  9. GourmetGetaways

    What a great shortcut… still not sure why hubby didn’t offer to make the pizza for you if he thought you were working too much… but it is a good trick to have up your sleeve when time is short.

    1. Kate @

      Hubby didn’t offer because I won’t let him. You see, he overloads the pizza with toppings – he can’t stop himself. Then the pizza turns out real soggy because all the toppings weighed down on the dough.

  10. Gabby @

    I too never have heard of this pizza crust in a box. I use Mama Mary’s pizza crust, its sorta like boboli but better. I bet the boxed just add water tastes much better as your sorta making it fresh, right? πŸ™‚

    1. Kate @

      Hi Gabby!

      Yeah, it sorta was like making a fresh dough. Even though I didn’t make the dough from scratch, it really felt like I only skipped the part of mixing in the flour – I still had to spin the dough and lay it evenly over the pizza pan.

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