I find myself in a conundrum sometimes as a parent. You order pizza for movie and game night, and the leftovers make it to the fridge. The next morning I feel it is probably my parental duty to tell the kids no, they can’t have cold pizza for breakfast….all the while knowing how awesome cold pizza at 8 am can be. Should I truly deprive them of that joy?! Then…a compromise.
Is breakfast pizza truly any different from a slice of pepperoni? Probably not…but mentally I feel better. After all, isn’t that enough for us sometimes as parents? Really minor victories??
I use already made dough purchased from places like Wal-Mart or Trader Joe’s to save a few steps when it’s pizza time. Just remove it from the bag, let it rest a couple of minutes, and roll it out! Allowing it to rest gives it time to do a little “rise” again once outside of the bag. My kids love the popping noises the dough makes as all those newly formed air bubbles are rolled on out! Who am I kidding..the kids and I love it..reminds me of bubble wrap, only stickier.
Gently coat your pizza pan with a drizzle of olive oil and a light, but even sprinkling of cornmeal. The cornmeal is by no means necessary…but it gives that authentic texture to your pizza that if you have it in the house, it’s totally worth it to do.
Once your crust is placed on your pan, spoon about 1/4 -1/2 cup of alfredo sauce onto dough depending on how “saucy” you like yourpizza. AFTER I made this…of course….I thought “sausage gravy!!!”, but it was too late. So, you can use my afterthought for yourbenefit…I will be soon as well.
On top of the sauce, evenly spread cooked shredded hash browns. My family loves our potatoes…they are my carbohydrate downfall to be exact…so I was sure to have every last bet of sauce covered with these crispy shreds of heaven.
Next, add scrambled eggs, cooked bacon, cooked breakfast sausage, and chopped green onion. Top it all off with a mixture of your favorite pizza blend cheese (we use provolone and mozzarella) and cheddar. I sprinkled a little more green onions on top then off to the oven!
Bake in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes. You know your oven..so just keep an eye so as not to burn your cheese or crust for that matter. When done, remove and place some nice big slices of tomato on top. The heat from the pizza will do loverly things to them…making them just warm and juicy enough. Mmm….golden crust….gooey cheese…salty bacon….who needs cold pepperoni?!?
Cheesy Breakfast Pizza
- 1 bag pizza dough 16 oz
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tbsp. cornmeal
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup alfredo sauce
- 2 1/2 cups cooked shredded hash browns i used half of 26 oz bag
- 3 eggs scrambled
- 5 -6 slices bacon cooked and chopped
- 1 lb. ground cooked sausage of your choice
- 2 cups cheddar and mozzarella mix
- 3 "stalks" green onion...whites and all chopped
- 1 tomato sliced
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- If using pre-made dough, remove from bag and let rest on counter for a few minutes to let "puff".
- While waiting for dough, grease 12 in pizza pan with olive oil and lightly dust with cornmeal.
- Roll dough slightly larger than your pan, then place onto pan using extra to form your crust. Gently poke with fork....this prevents those giant air bubbles from forming.
- Spoon and spread sauce evenly over the crust.
- Spread hashbrowns evenly over sauce, then add eggs, bacon, and sausage.
- Use 2/3 of green onions over top.
- Cover with all of your cheese.
- Spinkle last 1/3 of the green onions over the cheese.
- Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Remove from oven and lay sliced tomato on top and let rest 2-3 minutes.
- Slice and Serve!
**You can also use Boboli or the dough in a can....just adjust your cooking times per their advice.