Everything Bagel Breakfast Pizza

This is the only breakfast pizza you’ll ever need. Bold statement, I know. Everything bagel crust, shredded pepper jack cheese, pancetta, blobs of cream cheese (yes, “blobs” is an official culinary term), a sunny side up egg, and more everything bagel seasoning. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning with some coffee or even better, a few mimosas.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz pizza dough (store-bought or homemade)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 3 oz cream cheese, torn into small pieces
  • 4 oz diced pancetta
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp everything bagel seasoning (I get mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 large egg
  • Olive oil
  • Freshly cracked pepper and sea salt

Directions:

Preheat your oven with a pizza stone to the highest setting (typically 500 degrees) for at least an hour. This is how you get a delicious thin and crispy crust. If you’re impatient, use this time to pop a bottle of champagne and make some mimosas. Alternatively, if you have one, preheat your pizza oven to 700 degrees.

Tip: bring the pizza dough out of the refrigerator approximately 30 minutes before you’re ready to stretch it out. Let it rest on a floured countertop (or cutting board) under a dish towel to keep it from drying out.

In the meantime… render the pancetta. Add the pancetta to a medium saucepan on medium-low heat and cook until the fat renders and the pancetta is crispy, about 5-10 mins. Remove from the pan onto a paper towel-lined plate.

Now for the pizza… stretch out dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10-12 inch round, allowing the dough to rest for a few minutes if it springs back. *Optional: I prefer to place the dough on parchment paper and then trim the excess paper off around the dough – I think it’s way easier to handle than cornmeal on the pizza peel.

Top pizza with a drizzle of olive oil around the center of the pizza. Scatter pepper jack cheese evenly around the center, leaving a 1-inch border for the crust. Add the pancetta, garlic, and blobs of cream cheese. Top the entire pizza with a pinch of sea salt and a few turns of freshly cracked pepper. Use 1 tbsp of everything bagel seasoning to sprinkle around the crust.

Now it’s pizza time! Using a pizza peel or cookie sheet, transfer the pizza to the oven. For a standard oven at 500 degrees, the pizza will likely take 12-13 minutes. For a pizza oven at 700 degrees, it’ll take 5-6 minutes. Halfway through the cooking time, remove from the oven, rotate 180 degrees so that the crust browns evenly, and gently add the egg to the middle of the pizza. Return to oven until the egg whites are set and the crust is golden brown.

Remove from oven and set the pizza on a cooling rack set on the counter. This is one of my biggest homemade pizza tips – it ensures that the crust stays crispy while it cools, and it doesn’t get soggy. Let it cool for a few minutes (it’ll stay nice and hot, don’t worry). Top the pizza with the remaining 1 tsp of everything bagel seasoning. Enjoy!

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