Pizza + Toast Equals Classic Comfort Food (Balmuda's Toaster Oven Recipe) - tortoise general store

Pizza + Toast Equals Classic Comfort Food (Balmuda's Toaster Oven Recipe)

Posted by Emma Tsuchida on

Nothing says Japanese comfort food quite like pizza toast, and nothing makes pizza toast quite like Balmuda’s elegant and modern toaster oven. The dish is just what it sounds like–a personal pizza using a thick piece of bread. Popular with kids and adults alike, this crunchy comfort food originally came together in another singularly Japanese institution: the kissaten.

Kissaten or “tea-drinking shops'' are Japan’s traditional cafes where patrons can enjoy a hearty breakfast along with a hot cup of tea or coffee. Originating in Tokyo’s long-established Cafe Benisica during the 1960s, pizza toast made a version of the Italian classic available at a price range anyone could afford and quickly appeared on menus across the country.

Whether you’re experimenting with your first slice or looking to bite into a tasty piece of nostalgia, Belmuda’s recipe is a simple but delicious trip to your own pizza toast. 

Serves 2

  • 2 slices, thick-cut white bread
  • 0.4 oz, butter
  • 3 tablespoons, pizza sauce
  • ⅛ onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper
  • 4 black olives
  • 2 oz, shredded cheese

Mixture A

  • 2.5 oz, ground pork
  • ⅓ teaspoon, salt
  • ½ teaspoon, black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon, mixed herbs
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • ⅛ onion, chopped

Pizza Mode 4.5 min


  • Ready in 25 min
  • Mix together the ingredients for mixture A. For best taste, set aside for more than 30 minutes.
  • Spread the mixture from step 1 thinly in the frying pan and cook. When one side is browned, flip over, break into half-inch pieces, and cook until done.
  • Spread butter on one side of the bread, followed by pizza sauce.
  • Place the meat mixture from step 2, onion slices, black olives, and shredded cheese in order. Toast on pizza mode for 4.5 minutes.

Last step: enjoy your delicious pizza toast, and get ready for the next slice!

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