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Breakfast Pizza With Sunny-Side Up Eggs, Kale, and Bacon

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Linda explores food facts, folklore, and fabulous recipes, one ingredient at a time.

Does "breakfast pizza" bring back memories of your college days?

Sometimes the best (or only real) food of the day was the cold (actually room temperature) petrified slice stuck to the greasy box on the table. But that's not what this post is about.

Did you notice that photo? We're not talking about cold leftover pizza here. Spinach, crispy bacon, cheese, and a sunnyside up egg are my idea of Heaven on a plate. I found that photo on Pinterest and although Sale Whale's concept is lovely, I found myself disappointed in the execution. They relied on naan (an Indian flatbread) as the foundation of the pizza. If you make your own, I'm sure it could be wonderful, but store-bought naan tends to be rather chewy (in my humble opinion).

So, I put on my thinking cap and came up with this recipe. Here is a breakfast pizza idea that is warm and fresh and, in the words of Carb Diva, "easy peasy lemon squeezy."

Breakfast Pizza My Way

Equipment You Will Need

  • Mixing bowl for preparing pizza dough
  • 12-inch pizza pan
  • Pizza wheel/cutter (optional)
  • Small saute pan for cooking bacon
  • Dutch oven or large saute pan with lid for cooking kale
  • Cheese grater (if not using pre-shredded packaged cheese)
  • Custard cup or coffee cup for placing raw egg atop pizza

Ingredients for One 12-inch Pizza

  • 1/2 batch pizza dough (see below)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled (see more suggestions below)
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, (see more suggestions below)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound kale leaves, washed, stemmed, and chopped (use tender inner leaves if possible)

Instructions for Assembling the Pizza

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Brush 2 tablespoons of olive oil on pizza dough in pan. Top dough with grated cheese and meat of your choice. Set aside.
  3. Place remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons water in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add kale; cook and stir 1 minute. Cover Dutch oven and steam kale 3 to 5 minutes or until kale is wilted and tender but not soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from Dutch oven and pat dry with paper towels. Scatter steamed kale over pizza, leaving 3 evenly spaced circles open for the eggs.
  4. Crack one egg at a time into a custard cup and then gently pour onto pizza in the circles made with the steamed kale.
  5. Bake in preheated oven about 10 minutes or until cheese is melty and eggs are to your liking (I like my yolks a bit runny).

Pizza Dough (makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Place warm water in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast over and stir just to moisten. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients to the bowl and stir quickly to mix thoroughly. Let dough rest 5 minutes.
  2. Turn dough out onto lightly-floured work surface and knead about 10 times. Divide dough in half and place each half in the center of a lightly-greased 12-inch pizza pan. Press or roll the dough to the edges.

Suggested Meat and Cheese Combinations

MeatCheeseInstead of Kale?

Cooked Italian sausage

Crumbled feta cheese

Spinach leaves

Cooked chorizo

Monterey jack cheese, shredded

1/2 can refried beans

Diced prosciutto

Mozzarella cheese, shredded

Halved cherry tomatoes

Diced cooked ham

Gouda cheese, shredded

Diced zucchini

Diced cooked corned beef

Swiss cheese, shredded

Sliced mushrooms

What Makes This Recipe Work?

  • It's easy to assemble.
  • The pizza dough can be made ahead of time.
  • The meat can be precooked and the cheese pre-grated and stored in the refrigerator.
  • There are numerous flavor combination possibilities.

© 2015 Linda Lum

Comments

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on February 13, 2015:

Hi Rachel L Alba - thank you for your kind words and your support. I love eggs, but try to limit myself to "once a week". There are so many possible flavor combinations. Would love to hear what you do and if you like it.

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 12, 2015:

They look so good. I get tired of the same thing for breakfast. This is something new for me. Voted up.

Blessings.

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on January 20, 2015:

peachpurple - absolutely you can use ready made! Truth be known I have used Trader Joes a few times. The important part is the toppings. Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a chance to try this. Let me know your thoughts when you do, OK?

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 20, 2015:

awesome, i can use pizza dough that is ready made right?

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on January 15, 2015:

vespawoolf thank you for your kind comments. I do hope you will try it and that you and your family enjoy it.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on January 15, 2015:

This is a unique and delicious combination for a pizza. It has everything I enjoy: greens, sausage and egg! What´s not to love?

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on January 08, 2015:

Jackie Lynnley, I can't promise that you will like it, but I hope you will at least give it a try. This isn't your typical pizza with tomato sauce--it's more of a flat bread with bacon (or your meat of choice), cheese, a few veggies, and then a perfectly cooked egg on top. Thanks for stopping by.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 08, 2015:

I like eggs but can't imagine them on pizza but all the other breakfast stuff looks good. I will have to try it. Thanks for sharing. ^+

Linda Lum (author) from Washington State, USA on January 08, 2015:

Thanks Bill. I love breakfast and could it eat any time during the day. And I love pizza. Why not put them together? Thanks for your support.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 07, 2015:

I laughed at the first sentence. When I saw the title of the article I immediately thought about college. I love the way you make it, though...bacon on anything is primo!