Raise your hand if your favorite meal of the day is breakfast! Yup, our hands are in the air right along with yours. Whether we’re eating it for dinner or actually at the start of the day, classic breakfast dishes and ingredients will always be top of our list. Even better? When they’re combined with other dishes for something new and delicious— like this Breakfast Pizza Crown!
Yup, we said a Breakfast Pizza Crown. This take on breakfast and pizza wraps eggs, bacon, peppers, cheese and more in pizza dough for a golden-brown baked delight bursting with morning flavor. It’s lovely and it tastes great. What more could you want? Let us show you how it’s made, then read on for the full recipe so you can try it yourself.
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Breakfast Pizza Crown
Makes 8 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
- ½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1 pound pizza dough, store bought or homemade, brought to room temperature
- ⅓ pound bacon, diced (cut into small pieces of generally the same size)
- 1 tablespoon reserved bacon fat
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup half-and-half, room temperature or slightly warmed
- ⅓ cup diced onion
- ⅓ cup diced bell pepper (your favorite color)
- Salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 eggs, slightly beaten
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon finely grated Parmesan cheese
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius). Line a 12-inch round pizza pan or cookie pan with parchment paper.
- Mix the shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, and set aside.
- On the lined pizza pan, press the pizza dough into a circle the size and shape of your pizza pan. If the dough resists being stretched, allow it to rest for 10 to 15 minutes covered in plastic wrap, and stretch the dough a second time.
- Using a pizza cutter or knife, cut 8 small triangular slices in the center of the pizza dough, leaving a 3-inch border on the outside.
- In a non-stick pan over medium heat, cook the bacon for 5 to 8 minutes – depending on the thickness of the bacon – until mostly cooked.
- Once the bacon is done, remove to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain and leave 1 tablespoon of bacon fat in the pan.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low, and add the flour to pan. Stir with a wooden spoon or spatula, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until the flour is no longer raw, but not browned.
- Add the warm half-and-half and stir constantly to avoid lumps. Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until the sauce thickens.
- Add the diced onion and peppers to the pan and season with salt and ground black pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until they just begin to soften.
- Add the beaten eggs and, if desired, more pepper. Cook, stirring regularly, until the eggs are just soft set.
- To the eggs, add the cooked bacon and mixed shredded cheeses, and stir to combine.
- Add the egg filling to the uncut 3-inch border of dough, leaving about a ½-inch border on the outside.TipHero
- Wrap each center triangle of dough over the filling, towards the edge, and secure under the outer edge of the dough. Adjust the ring if needed to ensure a nice round pizza crown.TipHero
- Brush the top of the crown with half of the melted butter.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the dough turns golden brown and the egg filling is puffy.
- Brush the top of the dough with the remaining melted butter and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese. Garnish with sliced green onions, if using. Serve warm.
- Resist the urge to cook the eggs completely in step 10, as they will continue cooking in the oven and will become rubbery if you do so.
I’m definitely going to serve this one at New Year’s Day brunch— and then probably every brunch after that one, too! What do you think of it? Have you ever made breakfast pizza or a pizza crown before? What other breakfast foods and/or pizza toppings would you like to see added to this recipe? Tell us what you think and let us know if you give it a try!