Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, tomatoes and chopped potatoes are popular ingredients used to make breakfast pizza. To save time, many home cooks use ready-made crusts or canned pizza dough. Similar to a traditional pizza, breakfast varieties usually include one or more types of shredded cheese, such as cheddar or Swiss.
Mushrooms, green onions, chives, bell peppers and ham are other commonly used ingredients. Recipes for breakfast pizza are easily adaptable to accommodate the cook's preferred tastes. For example, potato, sweet potato and biscuit crusts are often substituted for plain pizza dough. When breakfast pizzas contain sweet ingredients, such as berries and mascarpone cheese, many cooks flavor the crust with a dusting of cinnamon and sugar.
Generally, breakfast pizzas work well with any ingredients normally paired with egg-based dishes, such as omelets, quiches and casseroles. Health-conscious eaters may prefer an egg based mixed with fresh vegetable toppings, such as spinach, broccoli, cauliflower and olives. Cheese products such as mozzarella, Monterey jack and Parmesan are popular options, and many stores offer blends with multiple cheeses for a more defined flavor.
Depending on the ingredient combination, breakfast pizzas can mimic the flavors of many ethnic foods or incorporate other classic American dishes, such as sunny-side-up fried eggs. For example, a Mexican-inspired recipe may include a tortilla crust and ingredients such as chorizo sausage, black beans, cilantro, salsa and cotija cheese.