Top five Super Bowl pizza ideas for Denver Broncos fans
The Broncos are going to win Super Bowl XLVII -- say that with me, and keep repeating it like a mantra because if you say anything else, out loud, in front of other people here in Colorado, somebody will punch you in the stomach really, really hard. And speaking of stomachs, it's never too soon to begin planning what your game-day guests will be enjoying on the big day. And what could be better than that traditional football food: pizza!
Who wants pizza?
With a New York chef pushing a Denver omelet pizza, we thought it was high time to list our own top five Super Bowl pizza ideas for Broncos fans. Orange and blue, or you get beat with a shoe.
5. Make a Denver omelet pizza.
Mark Bello of Pizza a Casa pizza school in New York City has offered up a recipe for the perfect Denver Broncos fan pizza: the Denver Omelet Pizza. How did Bello know that all Coloradans -- especially Denverites -- adore the ever-loving sh*t out of our namesake omelet? We can't get enough of 'em, and this pizza recipe is a stroke of genius that is sure to produce the best Denver omelet pizza ever. Don't forget the ketchup garnish at the end!
Here's a selection from the recipe: "Toss onion, green pepper and mushrooms in olive oil. Set aside. Stretch dough to desired diameter (12" thicker, 14" thinner), and lay on a lightly oiled cookie sheet, pizza pan or screen. Evenly distribute ham, onion, pepper and mushrooms, all to about 1/2" from the border of crust. Bake for 8-10 minutes. While baking, scramble eggs and grated cheese. After initial 6-8 minute bake, remove pizza from oven. Carefully pour on egg mixture, evenly sprinkle on shredded cheddar, then gently ease back into oven and bake for about 4-7 more minutes until eggs are set. Out of the oven, add black pepper, hot sauce, ketchup and/or whatever you like to add to your omelet. Let rest a few minutes, and then cut, serve and enjoy."
4. Get a ritzy carryout pizza from Elway's...without the crust
Technically, former Broncos quarterback John Elway's restaurants don't have pizza on their menus. But I bet a shiny, diamond-studded Super Bowl ring that most Bronco fans don't care about the crust, anyway, so they can just order takeout from Elway and pretend there's crust at the bottom -- or just load everything on some duck confit. Put that expense-account card to good use by ordering such pizza toppings as grilled artichokes, Dungeness crab, Mexican white shrimp, lobster tails, oysters on the half shell and rack of lamb; top it off with a drizzle of white truffle oil.
Current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is a spokesman for Papa John's, and last fall he bought 21 Papa John's franchise stores in Denver. Papa's has been tackled in the media lately for company CEO John Schnatter's public statements about Obamacare (in case you live in a cave, Schnatter's not a fan of giving up the dough for employee health-care benefits), but thus far Manning has managed to avoid being the target of ire. So if you can forget Schnatter's ill-advised and seriously douchey mouth-spooge and focus on making sure Manning can feed, clothe, matriculate and gold-plate his kids, you can order a bunch of pizzas for the game with extra sides of that possibly-butter-garlic-goop.
And Manning's cheesy pizza commercials are still free of charge.