Let’s be honest — you’d be hard-pressed to find an occasion where pizza isn’t delicious and appropriate. Dinner? Pizza is a great entrée. Lunch? It doesn’t matter if your pizza is fresh or left over from the night before. Breakfast? Absolutely. Anyone who tries to claim pizza isn’t a breakfast food has probably never had the mouthwatering experience of eating pizza — fresh or leftover, cold or hot — for breakfast first thing in the morning.
However, some people may find sauce, pepperoni and other pizza toppings are a bit strong for the first meal of the day. Still others may enjoy this, but are also curious about what other options are out there. If you fall into either of those categories, we’ve got a treat for you to try. Why not enjoy a breakfast pizza?
What Is a Breakfast Pizza?
If you’ve never heard of this before, you might be a bit confused. What is a breakfast pizza, anyway, and how is it any different from a regular pizza?
Breakfast pizza is essentially a way to enjoy all your favorite breakfast foods, like bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and more. But instead of eating them on a plate, breakfast pizza allows you to enjoy all these ingredients on top of a pizza. Instead of using sauce and mozzarella cheese as the base, breakfast pizzas most often use egg and cheddar cheese as the base.
One of the best things about breakfast pizza is the tremendous amount of variety it offers. You can include virtually any toppings you like, customizing the perfect pizza topped with all your favorite breakfast foods. Maybe you want a breakfast pizza that packs several different breakfast meats. Or maybe you want one that focuses on egg and cheese. Maybe you’d prefer a veggie breakfast pizza, and are looking for a variety that includes sweet peppers, onions, spinach and any other type of veggies you like.
Where Can I Find a Breakfast Pizza?
Now that you know how delicious and exciting breakfast pizza can be, you’re probably wondering where you can find one and give it a try. If so, you’re in luck. There are plenty of great places to get a little delicious breakfast pizza.
Many restaurants that serve pizza will serve breakfast pizza as well. A quick glance at a restaurant’s menu will tell you if they have this option available. If so, restaurants are a great place to enjoy breakfast pizza, no matter what time of day it is.
If a restaurant isn’t an option, you may also be able to find breakfast pizza in the frozen food section of your local grocery store. It will likely not be as fresh or delicious as the pizza you would find at a restaurant, but it is still a viable option if you’re looking for a quick bite in the morning.
Perhaps the best way you can choose to enjoy breakfast pizza, however, is by making it yourself in the comfort of your own home, where you can add whatever toppings you like best. Homemade breakfast pizza might sound difficult to make, but don’t be intimidated. With patience and a good recipe, you too can make a delicious breakfast pizza that will have all your friends and family asking you to teach them how to do it as well.
A Few Breakfast Pizza Recipes
There are any number of ways you can make your breakfast pizza. You can substitute in or out whatever ingredients strike your fancy, and you can serve it any way you choose.
If you’ve never attempted a pizza recipe before, there’s no reason to be nervous. Making pizza is much easier than it might initially seem. By following the recipe, you’ll have a delicious treat in no time. Make one of these recipes and enjoy it for breakfast, dinner or even consider bringing it to your next potluck or gathering. It’s one dish that’s sure to be a hit with everyone.
1. Crescent Roll Breakfast Pizza
If the idea of baking a pizza crust seems like a tough job, why not skip it altogether? This handy recipe uses crescent rolls instead, so you don’t even have to worry about baking a crust from scratch. Here’s a quick and easy recipe you can have ready to eat in as little as 40 minutes.
- 1 pound of breakfast sausage, ground
- 1 package of crescent rolls
- 1 cup of hash brown potatoes
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
- 5 eggs
- ¼ cup of milk
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
- ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese, grated
Brown the breakfast sausage in a skillet on the stove on medium heat. Drain the excess grease, crumble the sausage and set it aside. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Open the package of crescent rolls and separate them into their eight individual triangles. Place these triangles in an ungreased circular pizza pan, pointing toward the center so they form a circle and fill the pan. Press the edges of the crescent rolls together until they form the pizza crust. Try to seal the edges together and pull up the outside edges to make a raised crust around the outer edge.
Sprinkle the cooked sausage evenly over the crust. Scatter the hash browns and cheddar cheese across the crust as well.
In a bowl, thoroughly blend the milk, eggs, salt and pepper, then pour the entire mixture over the crust. Lastly, sprinkle the whole pizza with Parmesan cheese.
Once the oven finishes preheating, bake the pizza until the eggs have set — usually around 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool and enjoy.
2. Easy Bacon Breakfast Pizza
Still not crazy about the idea of baking a crust from scratch? Here’s another easy recipe that lets you skip that part altogether. Best of all, this recipe is for the bacon lovers out there.
- 1 tube of refrigerated pizza dough
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 6 eggs
- 2 tablespoons of water
- 1 package of bacon bits
- 1 cup of Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 1 cup of cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. While that is preheating, unroll the pizza dough from the can and press it evenly into the bottom of a greased pizza pan. For the best results, use a 15″ x 10″ x 1″ pan, and press the dough so it is a half-inch tall along the edges. Prick the dough in various places with a fork and brush it with a tablespoon of olive oil to prevent sticking or drying out. Place the pan in the oven and bake the crust for seven or eight minutes.
As the pizza crust bakes, get out a separate bowl and mix the eggs and water. Heat your second tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add your egg mixture and cook this, stirring until there is no liquid left.
Spoon this cooked egg mixture over the crust once it is out of the oven. Sprinkle the crumbled bits of bacon and the cheese over the entire pizza. Put the pizza back in the oven and bake it for five to seven minutes, or until the cheese is melted and gooey.
Remove from the oven, cool and eat. Expect this delicious recipe to serve about eight people.
3. Cheesy Sausage Breakfast Pizza Recipe
This next recipe we have to offer also involves a pre-made crust, but you’ll never be able to tell, since the result is so tasty. This pizza recipe also includes all the cheesy sausage-and-egg goodness you could ever want from any breakfast treat.
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1 tablespoon of flour
- 1¼ cup of milk
- ¾ cup of cheddar cheese, divided
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 8 ounces of breakfast sausage, uncooked
- 4 eggs
- 1 pound of pizza dough
- 1 cup of hash brown potatoes
- 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 2 scallions, sliced
Start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and spraying a baking sheet with cooking spray.
To make the cheese sauce that forms the base of this pizza’s toppings, melt your butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add flour and continue to cook, while stirring, for about a minute. Stir in two cups of milk and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it boil until the sauce has thickened, about four minutes. Take the pan off the heat and stir in half a cup of the cheddar cheese and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt. Let this cool.
In a frying pan, cook the sausage, crumbling it as you go. In a bowl, mix the eggs, the rest of the milk and the rest of the salt. Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked sausage from the pan and set it aside. Then, pour the eggs into the sausage’s frying pan and scramble them until they’re cooked, but not dry. Remove them from the stove.
Roll out your pizza crust onto the baking sheet. Poke holes in the dough to prevent it from getting soggy as the toppings bake. Once this is finished, spread the cheese sauce out across the dough in the same way you would with marinara sauce on an ordinary pizza.
Next, it’s time to add the rest of the toppings. Add the crumbled sausage, the hash brown potatoes and the scrambled eggs. Top it all off with mozzarella cheese, the rest of the cheddar cheese and the scallions.
Put the entire thing in the oven and let it bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden. Remove it from the oven, let it cool and then serve. Expect it to serve anywhere from six to eight people.
4. Healthy Breakfast Pizza From Scratch Recipe
Ready to try something a little more ambitious? This pizza crust is still very easy to make, and it only uses four ingredients. This breakfast pizza recipe is also great if you’re trying to be conscious of what you’re eating, as it’s packed with veggies and moves away from the less healthy pre-made crusts. It’s also very quick and can be ready to eat in about 30 minutes.
- 1 cup of flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- 1 handful of baby spinach
- ½ cup of mozzarella cheese
- 8 sliced cherry tomatoes
- 4 eggs
- 2 strips of bacon, cooked and chopped
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Prep a baking sheet by placing a silicone liner on it, or spraying it with oil if you plan to use parchment paper.
To make the dough, combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk them together in a bowl. Add the Greek yogurt into the mix and stir until the dough forms small crumbly clumps. It’s crucial that you use Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt, or else the dough will be too sticky. It’s also a good idea to drain any liquid that may be in the yogurt before you add it to the dough mixture.
Gently flour your work surface to prevent the dough from sticking. Remove the dough from the bowl, place it on the floured work surface and begin kneading it. Keep kneading until it’s tacky, but not sticky. To gauge what this should look like, check the amount of dough that sticks to your hands after you release the dough. When it no longer leaves any sticky clumps on your hands, you can stop kneading. Now, divide your dough into four equal lumps.
Re-flour your work surface if it needs it, and dust your rolling pin with flour as well. Roll each of the four dough lumps out into roughly oval shapes and place them on the baking sheet you prepared earlier. Ideally, these crusts should be about seven or eight inches across. These will make four small, personal pizzas.
Top your personal pizzas with spinach, mozzarella cheese and sliced cherry tomatoes, leaving an empty space in the middle of each pizza. To fill this space, crack an egg over the center of each pizza and let it spread out. Finish the pizzas by topping them all off with crumbled bacon bits.
Bake the four pizzas until the crusts are golden-brown and the eggs have set, which should take around 10 to 12 minutes. Season the pizzas with salt and pepper, let them cool and then enjoy your delicious creation.
Get Your Pizza Fix at Giordano’s Today
Breakfast pizza is a delicious treat, and once you know how to make it in your own kitchen, you can enjoy it anytime you like, as often as you like. However, when it comes to good old-fashioned pizza, sometimes there’s no way to replace the best. If you’re looking for the best pizza in town, stop by Giordano’s and learn why we’re consistently topping “best pizza” lists both locally and nationally.
Although our specialty is an authentic Chicago-style deep-dish pizza, we also offer thin-crust pizzas and a variety of other entrees and sides. We’re based in Chicago, but we have locations scattered across the country, so no matter where you go, we’re never very far away.
Check out our full menu today and decide what you’re going to order next time you visit us. Whether you’re eating your pizza in the dining room of our restaurant or noshing on the leftovers for breakfast the next morning, this is one tasty meal you won’t want to miss out on.