Breakfast pizza is one of my favorite breakfast recipes for any occasion. It’s simple enough to treat yourself to the glorious breakfast you deserve, fancy enough to serve your brunch guests and deconstructible enough to cater to your pickiest eater.
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Because this is a pizza, you can really use any type of crust you want. Homemade dough, store-bought dough, store-bought crust. Since it’s breakfast, I like to keep it simple and use naan. Garlic naan is even better. I love Suraj naan because it’s soft, pillowy and it comes in a 10 pack. This is a great option because it’s small enough for one person, and you can fit four on a large cookie sheet, so making for a crowd isn’t a problem at all.
When you’re thinking of toppings to use on your breakfast pizza, think more breakfast than pizza. Anything you would put in an omelette would work great here. Also important to note that there is no sauce on this pizza. A light brushing of olive oil and some Italian seasoning is all you need! My favorite brands to use are Epicure Italian Dressing mix and Good Seasons (Available in the USA and on Amazon.) If you want to make your own, sprinkle a bit of garlic powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper on your crust and it will be just as delicious. I also like to go really light on the cheese. You don’t want it to stretch like a regular pizza, but simply hold the toppings to the crust. Here are some topping suggestions.
- Cheese (cheddar, mozza, smoked gouda, parm, vegan)
- Bacon bits
- Roasted garlic
- Pickled banana peppers
- Fresh herbs (basil, dill, parsley, rosemary, oregano)
Putting it all together in five steps
Once you have your toppings prepped, the pizza comes together in five quick steps.
- Dress the crust
- Add the toppings
- Cook the eggs
- Garnish with extras
Dress the crust
As I mentioned before, brush it with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle on some Italian dressing mix or Italian seasoning. It’s also delicious smeared with a few cloves of roasted garlic if you want to get really fancy.
Add the toppings
There’s no need to cook the veggies to top your pizza, but you should cook sausage or any raw meat you are using to top the pizza. I like to start with the cheese, mozzarella, and use about 1/3 of a cup per pizza. As I already mentioned, you only want enough cheese to make the toppings stick. Top it with as many toppings as you like. My go-to is bacon bits, tomatoes, mushrooms and banana peppers. You might be inclined to add the eggs, but don’t! I’ve experimented with the eggs in a few different ways and the fastest and easiest way is to fry up some over-easies while the pizzas are baking, then simply place one (or two) on each pizza when they’re done.
Baking doesn’t take long at all. In a pre-heated 425 F oven, it will only take 7-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it and take it out when the toppings are cooked to your liking and the crust is golden. A softer crust is still great for sopping up the runny egg yolk (which I love) so do what you like!
Cook the eggs
I’ve experimented with placing a raw egg on the pizza before baking and the results are inconsistent. Sometimes the yolk ends up hard, sometimes the white doesn’t cook through. The easiest and fasted way to cook the eggs is to do them in a frying pan, while the pizzas are baking. By the time the pizzas are out of the oven, the eggs are ready to go on. I like over-easy because you can dip the crust in the yolk or just spread it around the pizza for some sauciness. You can do sunny side up or scrambled too. You could even slice up a hard-boiled egg if you really wanted to.
Garnish with extras
This is my favorite part. A little sprinkling of some extras to make it extra fancy. My go-tos are fresh parsley, fresh dill, fresh parm, salt and pepper. You can use any fresh herb, chili oil or a flavored olive oil. A sprinkling of dried chilies or a drizzle of pesto.
Why this works for two or ten
Breakfast pizza does not take a long time to prep or cook. If you’re making for two, you can simply throw it together right on the cookie sheet in a matter of minutes. If you’re making for a crowd, you can set up a topping bar and let guests make their own. It’s really that simple. You should try it.