Looking for a Breakfast Pizza recipe to start your morning? This sheet-pan breakfast pizza recipe is an easy way to feed a crowd! School breakfast pizza is what all started the love for this pizza crust that’s loaded with toppings like sausage, eggs, and cheese!
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School Breakfast Pizza
When I was in Middle School, I remembered the delicious slice of breakfast pizza that the cafeteria women served! Breakfast was one of the meals of the day that I seemed to favor. Maybe because my mom isn’t American, so scrambled eggs and breakfast pizza weren’t typical breakfast dishes.
Well, many years later I remembered the School Breakfast Pizza again. I wanted to recreate a morning pizza with toppings along the lines of how I remembered it being back in school. So sausage, eggs, and cheese were on the essential list of ingredients.
Over time, I so, slightly recall a white pizza sauce on the school breakfast pizza rather than a red-based tomato sauce which is what lead me to use homemade sausage gravy (which by the freezes amazingly for times when you need to whip up a pizza sauce!)
Sausage Gravy Breakfast Pizza
Using sausage gravy is an all-inclusive sauce! Since chunks of pork sausage are already in this sausage gravy it’s only brilliant to use it as a pizza sauce, (pork sausage + a roux = yummy white sauce!)
If you didn’t know sausage gravy freezes well, your in for a real surprise! It’s the only way I make sausage now! I like to double my sausage gravy, cool it then pack into sandwich bags into 2 cup portions for a shortcut to biscuits and gravy or when I need some sauce for breakfast pizza! It’s a huge time saver! Then when I need some gravy I’ll peel off the freezer bag and pop the frozen block right into the pot and heat it up while the biscuits bake. You can simply pop the frozen gravy into the microwave for a quick defrost too or thaw the night before.
The sausage gravy makes a real creamy sauce over a homemade pizza crust and toppings like cheese and eggs are the basics of creating a pizza for breakfast. Any additional toppings like bacon, peppers, or other veggies can easily be included.
Casey’s Breakfast Pizza
Apparently, a Midwestern convenience store called Casey’s sells these kinds of pizza pies on their breakfast menu! They have 3 breakfast pizzas to choose from which are Sausage Breakfast Pizza, Bacon Breakfast Pizza, and Veggie Breakfast Pizza. Each pizza has a choice of a cheese sauce or sausage gravy as the sauce. So, I’m not the only one who uses sausage gravy for pizza!
Can I Make-Ahead?
I usually make pizza dough the night before for pizza entrees throughout the week, so, one batch of pizza dough for me makes 4 pizzas. When morning comes I typically assemble the pizza using thawed sausage gravy, freshly grated Monterey Jack Colby Cheese, and freshly made scrambled eggs.
As a result, if you do not activate your pizza dough (meaning you used cool tap water when making your dough) you can assemble your pizza cold onto a pan if your fridge allows the space. Since the toppings are not too wet and the dough should barely rise if making from the cold dough, you can assemble the pizza the night before. Be sure to cover well overnight. In the morning, brush the pizza crust with oil and pop into a pre-heated 450°F oven for 15-20 minutes.
To freeze assembled pizza partially bake and cool.
How To Make A Quick Pizza Dough Recipe:
- 1 1/4 tsp dry yeast
- 1/2 T sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 T dry milk
- 2/3 cup water
- 1 T oil
- 2 cups flour
This is the pizza dough as seen in the photo. Stir the first 5 ingredients then add the flour and knead for 7 min. Makes 1 ball of dough. Cover and refrigerate. To use right away use warm water to activate the yeast. The dough will start to immediately rise if activated with warm water.
Can I use crescent dough?
Yes! Store tube Crescents can be used, but my Pillsbury Copycat recipe for Homemade Crescent dough is super easy and quick to make. However, pizza dough has got to be my first choice as the base to this pizza.
What Cheese is Best?
Although mozzarella cheese wins first place over any pizza crust, breakfast on the other hand goes with cheeses like cheddar or Colby. I used Monterey Jack Cheese.
Do you Top With Cooked Eggs?
I originally took shortcuts to make this breakfast entree and used uncooked eggs (meaning I just whisked the eggs and milk together then poured over the pizza.) Although that’s a great way to avoid the need to wash a skillet, it won’t make up for the fluffiness of real scrambled eggs you’d get from cooking over the skillet.
As a result, I only recommend scrambling the eggs for the pizza topping. I love it so much that I really take the extra step of using a non-stick skillet in addition to making the pizza early in the morning. You can thank me later, it makes a huge difference!
Want to know how to make scrambled eggs? Here’s is how to make soft and creamy scrambled eggs for breakfast or follow these easy steps on how to make scrambled eggs for breakfast pizza:
- Heat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium heat (5 minutes.)
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together 4 eggs and 4 tablespoons of milk.
- Pour beaten eggs into the pre-heated skillet.
- Scramble the eggs running a rubber spatula through the egg batter from all sides.
- When eggs are barely wet remove from the heat and transfer onto a plate to prevent the eggs from further cooking.
Here is a picture of breakfast pizza with uncooked eggs;
What Pan is Best to Use?
Any large pizza pan such as a 16-inch round pizza pan will work. I used a large 18×13-inch sheet pan for a rectangular pizza. Just be sure to grease the pan you will be using, to prevent the pizza dough from sticking.
What sauce goes on Breakfast Pizza?
Breakfast pizza should be oriented around eggs. So any sauces that would taste good on eggs would work. Here is a list:
- Sausage Gravy
- White Sauce
- Olive Oil
- Red Sauce
- Tomato sauce
- Ranch dressing
- Cholula hot sauce
What is Sausage Gravy?
Sausage gravy is a Classic Southern Breakfast! Pork sausage is pan-fried then followed with a roux made from milk. Black pepper is the highlight of this dish! It’s traditional to serve it with biscuits, although easily capable for other recipes!
Can I make sausage gravy ahead of time?
Since sausage gravy is made from a roux it reheats well. Making sausage gravy ahead of time can be a real time saver for those mornings when you have a house full of guests and don’t want to make things from scratch! Which is why freezing gravy is amazing, too!
To make ahead: place the pot of cooled gravy straight into the refrigerator, if space allows. When ready to serve simply place on the stove and reheat over medium heat. Sometimes additional milk may be needed to revive the gravy.
What can you make with breakfast sausage?
Do not underestimate pork sausage, that little log can go a long way! Here are some ideas:
- Fry pork sausage for Stromboli
- Spread prepared sausage gravy over your next Breakfast Pizza (favorite!)
- Use in a Quiche Pie
- Crumble in Pizzas!
Can you freeze sausage gravy?
My ultimate favorite way to handle leftovers is to freeze it! It’s impressive how well it freezes and how handy such a technique can be for those mornings you don’t feel like making everything from scratch! Try it to believe it!
To Freeze Gravy: Cool the sausage gravy completely. Then pour into a freezer ziplock bag or sandwich bag. Freeze laying flat (to save room for storage later.) Freeze for up to 3 months.
How to reheat sausage gravy?
To reheat gravy: Sausage gravy reheats well. Reheating it in the microwave or over the stovetop does the job nicely. Sometimes you may need an extra splash of milk to revive the gravy again.
What ingredients are needed?
Making a Breakfast Pizza is easy, especially if you freeze sausage gravy. Sausage gravy works as the pizza sauce in breakfast pizza and the toppings are very few.
- Crust: Use store-bought pizza dough for a quick short cut.
- Sauce: You can just brush olive oil over the pizza dough for a quick pizza sauce. However, sausage gravy is like a 2-in-1 sauce as you don’t have to add additional pizza toppings.
- eggs: You don’t even need to cook the eggs in this breakfast pizza! They will bake in the oven on top of the pizza crust!
- Cheese: Use any blend of cheeses! I find cheeses like Mozzarella, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, and Cheddar to be ideal!
Breakfast pizza doesn’t need many ingredients to taste good but here are some pizza toppings for a heartier breakfast:
- Meat: Canadian bacon, cooked bacon, ground beef, bacon, ham, chorizo, and crumbled sausage.
- Veggies: Toppings like mushrooms, home fries, jalapenos, bell peppers, onion, spinach, and tomatoes make great morning toppings!
Want to spice up your pizza? Add spicy seasonings or hot sausages! Also, change up the cheeses to a cheddar cheese sauce or processed cheese.
How to make Breakfast Pizza?
- Make the pizza Dough or use store-bought pizza dough- stretch the pizza crust out to a rectangle shape or circle.
- Toppings- spread some sausage gravy over the pizza crust and top with cooked scrambled eggs, and cheese.
- Bake- you don’t even need a pizza stone for breakfast pizza! Simply grease your sheet-pan and bake on the bottom rack of the oven.
Leftover Breakfast pizza is even good cold! Pizza reheats best in a toaster oven or skillet to keep the crust crisp. Microwaving it will still be good just not as crusty as fresh from the oven pizza.
To store: wrap slices in plastic wrap or layer into a ziplock bag and keep refrigerated.
To reheat: Microwave or place the leftovers into a toaster oven until cheese is hot and melted.
- Freeze leftover Sausage Gravy in 2 cup portions for your next breakfast!
- Top with pepper jack cheese for a morning kick.
- Use toppings like bacon, sweet peppers, or fresh spinach.
- Make-ahead the dough and keep refrigerated for making breakfast the next morning!
More Breakfast Recipes:
- Croissant Breakfast Sandwich
- Manhattan Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
- Breakfast Quesadillas
- Breakfast Casserole with Eggs and Cottage Cheese
- Pumpkin Waffles
How to Make Breakfast Pizza:
- 15 oz pizza dough
- 1 cup sausage gravy
- 4 eggs (beaten)
- 4 Tbsp milk
- 2 cups grated Colby Jack Cheese
How to make Breakfast Pizza:
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Stretch the pizza dough onto a greased 18x13" sheet pan.
- Scramble the eggs with milk until just done.
- Spread the sausage gravy over the pizza crust. Top with cheese and scrambled eggs.
- Bake 10-15 minutes or until crust is golden brown and cheese melts.
- Notes: use a tube of store-bought pizza dough or 15 oz of my homemade pizza dough or crescent dough.
- For Casey's Breakfast Pizza: mix together 1/2 cup white cheese with 1/2 cup of sausage gravy as the pizza sauce.
- Homemade Overnight Pizza Dough: this is the pizza dough as seen in the photo. Stir the first 5 ingredients then add the flour and knead for 7 min. 1 1/4 tsp dry yeast, 1/2 T sugar, 1/4 tsp salt, 2 T dry milk, 2/3 cup water, 1 T oil, 2 cups flour. Makes 1 ball of dough. Cover and refrigerate.
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