At Slice, we’re strong believers that any food can be a breakfast food if you decide to eat it in the morning! Because of this, we say that yes, pizza is totally okay to eat for breakfast every now and then!
However, let’s take a quick look at what the facts say. Given that a pizza is basically just dough topped with a variety of goodies, the dish isn’t inherently unhealthy. In fact, if you make wise choices when it comes to your toppings, you can have a pretty nutritious pizza slice every morning.
This is where the breakfast pizza comes in.
Before we dive into the specifics of where breakfast pizza came from, we’d like to talk about what it actually is.
In a nutshell, a breakfast pizza is just pizza crust topped with some of your favorite breakfast foods, accompanied by a special sauce. Typically, the breakfast toppings include scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and breakfast meats like bacon or breakfast sausage.
In addition, you can also have a breakfast pizza with veggies for a vegetarian or vegan version of this delicious breakfast. In the vegan version of the dish, the egg mixture and sauce can be substituted for tomato sauce or olive oil.
Now that you know exactly what we’re talking about, it’s time to take a quick look into the history of the breakfast pizza.
So, no, breakfast pizza isn’t exactly a Midwest thing. In fact, it’s believed that the dish was actually invented in Pennsylvania in the 20th century. Credit is usually assigned to bakery owner Marietta John who, we believe, was the first person to ever add whisked eggs onto a pizza, creating the unusual yet tasty dish.
For some, the sauce is one of the best things on the breakfast pizza. It really is what transforms the dish from a pile of breakfast foods on bread into one of the best breakfast recipes.
Although you can use regular tomato sauce or olive oil, and some people do prefer it, there is a white sauce alternative that’s just as great. Made of cheddar cheese, butter, flour, milk, and spices, this sauce adds a flavor like no other! Thick and creamy, it binds everything together, resulting in that irresistible cheese pull we all know and love!
When having a breakfast pizza in a restaurant, ask if their recipe asks for tomato or white sauce. Even if your restaurant doesn’t have white sauce in their breakfast pizza recipe, you can always ask for it and your chef will happily accommodate you. However, you can expect this sauce to be available everywhere breakfast pizza is, so you can enjoy it hassle-free!
Depending on the sauce and toppings, a breakfast pizza can have anywhere between 200 and 400 calories per slice. This number is also affected by the type of dough you decide to go with, so choose wisely if you’re careful about your diet.
However, given that we’re talking about breakfast food, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day, being hearty and filling is the ideal, making the breakfast pizza an amazing choice!
Now that you know everything there is to know about this amazing dish, we’d like to highlight some restaurants that serve it. Our list will be short, but if you don’t find your city on it, you can always search our website.
On it, you’ll find a variety of amazing eateries near you that we’re sure you’ll enjoy.
To everyone in Houston, we’d love to recommend Cosmo Cafe.
If you’re in Philly, Fila’s Pizza is a great option!
Finally, if you’re in Baltimore, you have to pay Hot Tomatoes a visit. We hope you found our overview of breakfast pizza fun and helpful. If you want to learn more about other iconic dishes, stick around, because we cover new dishes every day!