I first came to the breakfast pizza a few years ago, before I was married. My then-boyfriend and I had early morning plans, so I promised to show up with breakfast fixings. I had leftover pizza dough and toppings, and, knowing his love of runny eggs, a carton of large eggs too. I shook out the dough, topped it with creamy ricotta and olives and herbs, and cracked eggs on top. The pizza turned out crisp and hot, with perfectly cooked eggs that had barely set whites and gooey yellow yolks with the consistency of lemon curd. In my opinion, it turned out to be sort of the perfect way to eat an egg, with creamy ricotta or tangy tomato sauce underneath, and all that gooey cheese holding the egg in place on top of well-fermented pizza crust. I didn't get a marriage proposal at that exact moment, but my now-husband likes to refer to it, jokingly, as an important point in our relationship. I'm not so retrograde as to suggest that everyone in a relationship on the point of transition break out the breakfast pizza — surely we're a bit past the "way to the heart is through the stomach" and such simplistic fare. All I'm saying is that this pizza could do that, if you're feeling manipulative. And it's always a way to show love, to wake up in the morning and toss a hot pizza in the oven. You can do everything ahead of time, except bake it, but that final pizza shaping has to be done right then and there. So you're serving a breakfast literally made by hand.
What are your favorite toppings for a breakfast pizza? Do you embrace the egg? Or do you have other breakfast-y toppings you love more?
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