Pizza for breakfast? Sure, why not! Pizza in the morning is no problem if you’re willing to switch up the toppings. Since it’s made of bread, cheese, and tomatoes, pizza basically consists of breakfast food components to begin with. So eating pizza for breakfast—and no, not the refrigerated slice from last night’s shenanigans—is the perfect start to your weekend morning. Follow these guidelines and you’ll have some outstanding breakfast pizza on your plate in no time.
Start with the basics: You need to make sure that the base for your pizza is delicious. Boboli? Sure. French toast—why not? English muffin? Perfect. Or use traditional pizza crust if you’re not willing to think outside the pizza-breakfast-box just yet.
Keep it simple: The best pizza is often the most simple pizza. Italians have this figured out with Margherita—it’s just tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. Use this rule to make the best breakfast pizza and don’t go overboard with the toppings. You’re not dumping a breakfast buffet on your pizza, you’re picking out some key ingredients that will pair well together and taste great.
Add eggs: The ideal way to add protein and take your pizza from boring to badass. Crack a few eggs on top of your pizza before you pop it in the oven and you’ll have the traditional breakfast aspect covered. Or get crazy and slice a few hardboiled eggs on top of your cheese and sausage base…it’s your morning, get after it!
Add veggies: There are so many good choices for breakfast pizza veggies—try out broccoli, fresh cherry tomatoes, asparagus—whatever is in season.
Save some for later: If you thought last night’s pizza was good, coming home after a full day of work and having some leftover breakfast pizza is beyond convenient. Dress it up with fresh eggs when you’re reheating, or skip the eggs all together and just throw on some more cheese. This is a great leftover option and you can repurpose it endlessly.
Here are eight recipes for breakfast pizza that will get any day off to a great start.
Another shortcut is to use premade (but unbaked) pizza dough; all you have to do is stretch it out, top it, and bake it. Go with a sprinkle of everything bagel seasoning, cream cheese made spreadable with Greek yogurt, and soft smoked salmon, plus the traditional accompaniments of red onions and capers. Get the recipe.
The crust for this breakfast pizza comes together with shredded sweet potatoes, eggs, and lots of seasoning: garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper. Top with broccoli, cherry tomatoes, sausage, and fresh eggs and you’ve got a healthy way to start the day. Get the recipe.
Using a pita really saves time in the morning and you can make this recipe easily on a weekday. Top with oregano, red pepper flakes, baby spinach, Parmesan, and two large eggs. Get our Breakfast Pita Pizza recipe.
Personal pizzas come to the breakfast table when you use English muffins as the base. Topped with scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese, they’re just the thing to start the morning off right. Get the recipe.
Line a cast iron skillet with tater tots and bake them until crispy. Then add in some eggs, crumbled bacon and sausage, and shredded cheddar cheese: perfection. Get the recipe.
Hashbrowns make a great base for a farm-fresh breakfast pizza with arugula, chives, mini bell peppers, avocado, and seasoning. Top with shredded cheese, eggs, paprika, onion powder, and salt and pepper. Get the recipe.
This is the classic breakfast pizza but jazzed up with caramelized onions, thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, mozzarella cheese, and crème fraiche. If you have time, make the pizza dough from scratch to make it extra special. Get the recipe.
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