A multitude of words in the English language are a result of obvious combinations. Breakfast is one example that is derived from late Middle English origins: simply put, breakfast is the first meal that’s a break from the nightly fast. We’ve spent all night sleeping, and breakfast is traditionally the first meal of the day, meant to get us prepped with full bellies to start our days — even to the point it’s been called the most important meal of the day.
However, traditions change, and in times of meal skipping, intermittent fasting, flexitarian diets and varying lifestyles that may include pulling all-nighters, breakfast is breaking out of its morning shell and is shifting to an any-time-of-day meal. And, no food is more appropriate to eat morning, noon and night than breakfast pizza.
One of the great aspects about pizza is that almost any topping goes. This includes bacon, ham, eggs, cheese and peppers — all of which are traditional breakfast items. Breakfast pizza as a menu item arguably started in the mid-1990s at a cake-to-go company in Pennsylvania, and the popularity and vast ingredients listings have only grown.
Performance Foodservice’s Fresh Pizza Trends report found that pizza now shows up on one-third of all restaurant menus. Breakfast pizza as a meal and not just a leftover from the night before certainly helps, as do the ingredients that make our mouths water. “Buffalo mozzarella, speck, yellow tomatoes, Pecorino Romano cheese, runny eggs, Calabrian chili peppers and basil on a wood-fired crust — along with a classic sgroppino cocktail made with lemon sorbetto, vodka and prosecco, and some house-made brioche donuts,” was on one Sunday brunch menu.
At the beginning of the decade, “breakfast pizza was the fastest-growing breakfast item in the second half of 2010, even outpacing scrambled eggs and bagels,” according to PMQ Pizza Magazine, and that growth has gone wild in the past decade. Ingredients on Mia Mia’s Pizzeria’s Ralf’s Hangover breakfast pizza include ham, sausage, bacon, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, scallions and sunny-side up eggs. It’s served any time of day and is one of the most popular pies. Chicago-based Dimo’s Pizza has the chicken and waffle pizza with white sauce, green onions, cheddar cheese and habanero- and orange-infused honey on its menu.
In a hurry? C-stores are also hot on the breakfast pizza demand. Casey’s General Stores told CStore Decisions that its breakfast pizza “is one reason we’re famous, and you can get it with veggies, sausage or bacon.” That pizza had been around since 2001, and 7-Eleven brought some competition to the table earlier this year with its new personal sized breakfast pizza. Its 5-inch crust comes in flaky biscuit form, Food Business News reports, and is topped with white gravy, scrambled eggs, sausage crumbles, bacon, ham and a mozzarella and cheddar cheese blend. It’s available in the breakfast foods case during the mornings, but in keeping with the new all-day breakfast pizza tradition, it can be made on request at any time of day.
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