I mentioned awhile back in one of my What I Ate Wednesday posts that my co-workers and I enjoyed breakfast pizza one morning at work. Growing up in the Midwest, breakfast pizza was a favorite breakfast treat for both my friends and me. And anyone who knows anything about breakfast pizza knows that the best slice can be found at Casey’s General Store gas station. So, imagine my shock when SO many of you commented on my WIAW post asking what breakfast pizza is and what it tastes like. Seriously you guys, I was so surprised! Now, you will never know what truly great breakfast pizza tastes like until you get it from a restaurant or from a gas station in the Midwest, but I will do my best to help you recreate and experience it within the comfort of your home (wherever that may be in the world!).
Breakfast Veggie Pita Pizza
olive oil cooking spray
water, for cooking
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 small red onion, diced
1/4 cup diced bell pepper (I used red and orange)
1/2 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
1 egg, beaten
hot sauce, to taste
black pepper, to taste
2 TB plain Greek yogurt
1 to 2 tsp sriracha sauce
1 whole wheat pita
1/4 cup shredded cheese (I used sharp cheddar)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a small baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
2. Line a small skillet with a thin layer of water. Heat over medium-high heat until very hot. Once hot, lower the heat to medium and cook garlic, onions, peppers, and mushrooms for approximately 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened. Add additional water, as necessary.
3. Add spinach and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the spinach has wilted.
4. Beat together 1 egg, hot sauce, and black pepper. Add to the skillet of vegetables and cook over medium heat until the egg is scrambled and almost fully cooked.
5. Meanwhile, as the vegetables and eggs are cooking, bake the pita for 3 to 5 minutes, or until it begins to brown a bit.
6. Remove pita from the oven. Combine Greek yogurt and sriracha sauce. Stir until well-combined.
7. Top the pita with the yogurt sauce, the vegetable and egg mixture, and with cheese.
8. Broil in the oven for approximately 3 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
9. Cut the pita pizza into four individual slices…
…because this makes the pizza easier to eat, plus the mini slices are just too darn cute! 😉
And my taste verdict? This individual breakfast pizza is pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself! The crispness of the pizza combined with the crunchy vegetables, creamy and spicy sauce, fluffy eggs, and melted cheese makes for a delicious combination. Now, does this taste as good as gas station breakfast pizza? Unfortunately, no. But honestly, I was not expecting it too! I am not a professional chef, by any means. Even still, I was incredibly satisfied and happy with the results. Oh, and did I mention how easy this is to make? If you can dedicate 15 to 20 minutes of your time to this recipe then you are all set!
Now I am sure that it comes as no surprise that my version of breakfast pizza contains vegetables. However, you could certainly add meat to yours, or use vegetarian “bacon” or “sausage.” Also, if you are not a fan of spice, you could certainly use traditional pizza sauce or cover the pita in more cheese in place of the sriracha yogurt sauce. Customize this pizza to your liking! That is, after all, one of the best things about making homemade pizza, am I right?
Have you ever eaten breakfast pizza? Where is your favorite place to buy it from?