An Easy Yet Elegant Breakfast Pizza Recipe to Elevate Any Weekend Brunch!
An easy-meets-fancy brunch is one of my favorite weekend treats. Going out to eat in the morning is always nice, but most Saturdays I’d rather take it slow & whip up something at home (plus then I don’t have to get out of my PJs! 😊). Homemade brunch is the perfect way to soak up the weekend & enjoy a relaxed morning with our pups or alongside family & friends.
This puff pastry breakfast pizza recipe is the perfect at-home brunch! It’s easy to throw together in 30 minutes or less but it looks & tastes like it came out of the oven at a fancy café. Melted gruyère, crispy pancetta, & sunny-side-up eggs are amazing pizza toppings on their own…but add them to a flaky puff pastry with everything bagel seasoning crust? That’s when this breakfast pizza reaches a whole new level.
We shared this everything bagel-inspired puff pastry breakfast pizza on Instagram last spring, but it’s been so well-loved that I wanted to be sure to give it a permanent home here on PWWB! This decadent breakfast pizza is an amazing centerpiece for a celebratory holiday breakfast (Easter! Mother’s Day! Christmas morning!) or a lazy weekend brunch at home.
Breakfast Pizza Recipe Highlights
You’ll be completely obsessed with this puff pastry breakfast pizza recipe because it’s…
- BUILT FOR BRUNCH. The best marriage of breakfast & lunch! Morning treats like perfectly cooked eggs, creamy cheese, everything bagel seasoning, & flaky puff pastry are all elevated to lunch in pizza form!
- READY IN 30 MINUTES. The ease of this semi-homemade puff pastry pizza comes from the freezer section! Frozen puff pastry is a huge time-saver that doesn’t sacrifice any quality.
- TOTALLY CAFE-WORTHY. This puff pastry breakfast pizza is a stunner! Its show-stopping look & amazing combination of flavor makes it worthy of any festive brunch menu. Perfect for entertaining or some serious Sunday self-care!
Pizza for breakfast?! Definitely!! ♡ Read on to learn more about how to make Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza with Everything Bagel Crust, or jump straight to the recipe & get cooking!
Key Ingredients for this Everything Bagel-Inspired Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza
The best part about this savory breakfast pizza recipe is its simplicity. It calls for just 6 simple ingredients, yet it results in a totally café-worthy pastry.
Note: Full ingredients list & measurements provided in the Recipe Card, below.
You will need…
- Puff pastry – While you can definitely make homemade puff pastry, store-bought options are really just as good & save a ton of time (& elbow grease!). Find frozen puff pastry in the dessert section of the freezer aisle – you can’t beat the convenience!
- Pancetta – This cured unsmoked pork is like next-level Italian bacon – ideal for an elevated brunch! Feel free to use regular bacon if it’s what you prefer or if it’s most readily available.
- Gruyère – This rich cheese has delicious nutty flavor & melts beautifully, so it’s perfect for a breakfast pizza!
- Eggs – 6 beautiful sunny-side-up eggs bake to perfection, right on top of the pizza.
- Everything bagel seasoning – A total game-changer for breakfast pizza crust! You can use store-bought seasoning or make your own with simple spices like sesame seeds, minced garlic, & flaky sea salt.
Everything Bagel Seasoning
Everything bagel seasoning has been a staple in bagel shops for a long time, but it has exploded in popularity in recent years. Now it seems to be everywhere!
This crave-worthy seasoning blend is typically made with white & black sesame seeds, dried minced garlic, dried minced onion, poppy seeds, & flaky sea salt. The nutty, salty, garlicky flavor & serious crunch add next-level deliciousness to everything it touches. I couldn’t resist adding it to the crust of this breakfast pizza recipe!
While you can easily grab this seasoning at most grocery stores these days, an everything bagel-inspired blend is also simple to make at home. This everything bagel seasoning recipe is my go-to. Feel free to adjust the portions to make the ratio of ingredients to your liking – this bit of control is a big perk of making seasoning at home!
How to Make Breakfast Pizza with Puff Pastry
Building off the simplicity of its ingredients list, this puff pastry breakfast pizza recipe is really easy to throw together. It takes about 30 minutes start-to-finish, & most of the time is completely inactive as the breakfast pizza bakes.
Full Recipe Directions, including step-by-step photos, are included in the Recipe Card, below.
Cook the pancetta. It’s important to cook the pancetta before it goes on the pizza so it gets nice & crisp! The best way to cook the pancetta is in a skillet on the stovetop, allowing the fat on the pork to render. Cook until the pancetta turns golden & crispy, then drain any excess fat & set it aside. Using bacon instead? ⇢ Totally fine! Be sure to chop the strips of cooked bacon into smaller pieces before adding them to the pizza.
Prepare the puff pastry. Unfold the pastry & place it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a paring knife to outline a 1-inch thick border around the edges of the pastry for the pizza crust. Brush egg wash over the edges & sprinkle everything bagel seasoning over top. From there, dock the pastry by using a fork to gently poke holes all over the surface of the puff pastry breakfast pizza. Why? ⇢ “Docking” is fancy-speak for pricking holes into the pastry dough. These holes help steam escape as the puff pastry bakes, which helps prevent big air bubbles from forming.
Assemble the puff pastry breakfast pizza. Topping time! Sprinkle the grated cheese & cooked pancetta over the top of the puff pastry breakfast pizza. The portions in this recipe aim to add plenty of flavor without loading down the delicate pastry dough. Finish by creating four to six small wells in the cheese & pancetta mixture. This gives a safe home for the eggs to cook in. Important! ⇢ Don’t crack the eggs into the wells just yet, the breakfast pizza needs to par-bake first!
Bake the breakfast pizza. Par-bake the puff pastry for about 10 minutes, at which point you’ll quickly but carefully remove the par-baked breakfast pizza from the oven & crack the eggs into the formed wells. Put the breakfast pizza right back in the oven, cooking the eggs to your liking. I love it when the whites are set & the yolks are a little runny but you can bake everything for a little longer if you prefer firmer egg yolks. Why? ⇢ The pastry takes twice as long to cook as the eggs. If you bake everything at the same time the eggs will get overcooked as they wait for the pastry to finish baking. Par-baking ensures that the puff pastry breakfast pizza is flaky & golden by the time the eggs reach a soft yolk.
The Ultimate Easy-Meets-Fancy Brunch: Breakfast Pizza Serving Suggestions
Allow the breakfast pizza to cool for a few minutes after it comes out of the oven so everything has a chance to set. Then it’s ready to slice up & enjoy immediately!
Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza Serving Suggestions. ⇢ I love to top it off with some arugula lightly dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, & pepper. This simple salad adds a satisfying freshness that balances the richness of the breakfast pizza beautifully.
Everything bagel puff pastry breakfast pizza is an all-in-one brunch dish that you can enjoy all on its own. If you’re going all-out for weekend brunch, serve it with an abundant seasonal salad, a big batch of best-ever bloody marys, & some sweet cinnamon rolls for dessert. But I’m honestly pretty happy eating this savory breakfast pizza slice by slice on its own!
Reheating Breakfast Pizza Leftovers
Puff pastry breakfast pizza is best enjoyed immediately after it comes out of the oven when the cheese is melty, the eggs are runny, & the pastry is nice & flaky. Any leftovers are best eaten either cold or at room temperature. I don’t recommend reheating puff pastry breakfast pizza in the microwave or oven – the crust gets a little soggy & the eggs overcook. Room temperature is my preferred way to eat leftovers (if I have any…but that’s usually not the case! 😉)
I can’t wait for you to try this Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza with Everything Bagel Crust! It’s a totally café-worthy brunch, but it’s so simple to make – I’m pretty sure you’ll be obsessed! If you do give it a try, be sure to let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @playswellwithbutter on Instagram. I LOVE hearing about & seeing your PWWB creations! ♡ Happy brunching!
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The Ultimate At-Home Brunch
This Puff Pastry Breakfast Pizza with Everything Bagel Crust is my go-to at-home brunch recipe, whether we’re celebrating a holiday like Easter, Mother’s Day, or Christmas morning or just celebrating the fact that it’s Saturday morning. It’s so festive & special, yet it’s really simple to throw together.
The ease comes from store-bought puff pastry, which is readily available in the freezer section at most conventional grocery stores. Thaw it out in the refrigerator overnight, then quickly assemble breakfast in the morning by creating an extra-delicious crust around the edge with everything bagel seasoning & topping it off with crispy pancetta, gruyère or your cheese of choice, & eggs.
This savory pastry bakes to flaky, golden brown perfection quickly, with the perfectly cooked eggs & gooey-melty cheese that makes breakfast pizza so craveable. Finish it off with a simple arugula salad & enjoy while sipping a mimosa or Bloody Mary.
Savory, decadent, completely cafe-worthy!
- 4 ounces pancetta or bacon
- 1 sheet puff pastry (about 14 ounces), homemade or thawed from frozen (see Recipe Notes)
- egg wash: 1 large egg, whisked with 1 tablespoon water
- 3–4 tablespoons everything bagel seasoning
- 6 ounces gruyère cheese, freshly grated
- 4–6 large eggs
- kosher salt & ground black pepper, to season
- Prep: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, ensuring a rack is positioned in the center of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment & set aside. Gather & prep puff pastry breakfast pizza ingredients according to Ingredients list, above.
- Cook the pancetta: Add diced pancetta to a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat renders & the pancetta becomes golden & crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the crispy pancetta to a small plate, draining any excess fat. Set aside.
- Puff pastry breakfast pizza assembly: Unfold the puff pastry on the prepared baking sheet. Use a paring knife to lightly score a 1-inch border around the edge. Brush edge with egg wash & sprinkle everything bagel seasoning over top, creating an everything bagel seasoning crust around the pastry. Use a fork to poke all over the center of the puff pastry. Sprinkle grated cheese & pancetta over top, creating 4-6 small wells for the eggs – do not crack the eggs at this point, just create the wells for them with the cheese.
- Bake the puff pastry breakfast pizza: Transfer the assembled puff pastry breakfast pizza to the oven & par-bake for 10 minutes. Working quickly, remove the par-baked breakfast pizza from the oven & crack the eggs into the prepared wells. Return the breakfast pizza to the oven & bake 7-9 minutes longer, or until the egg whites are set & the yolks are as runny or firm as desired.
- Serve: Remove from the oven & allow to cool slightly before slicing into 4-6 large pieces. I love topping each slice of puff pastry breakfast pizza with a handful of arugula (lightly dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, salt, & ground black pepper). Serve immediately. Enjoy!
- Ingredient Notes:
- Pancetta is cured, unsmoked Italian bacon. Widely available at most conventional grocery stores, you can typically find pancetta already diced up in an individual container near the cured meats & bacon, or cut-to-order at the deli counter. Feel free to swap it out with regular bacon if that’s what you can find easily!
- Puff pastry: While you can certainly make your own homemade puff pastry (this is a great recipe), it’s one of those instances where our store-bought options are just as good. Puff pastry is usually sold in the ‘dessert’ freezer section of the grocery store, next to bread dough & pie crusts. I really like the frozen puff pastry from Trader Joe’s. It’s really affordable, & 1 box contains 2 sheets. You will need 1 sheet for this puff pastry breakfast pizza recipe.
- Everything bagel seasoning is one of the ingredients that makes this puff pastry breakfast pizza recipe so irresistible! Feel free to use store-bought or make your own everything bagel seasoning blend using simple spices like sesame seeds, minced garlic, & flaky salt (this is a great recipe).
- Storage & Reheating: Given the flaky pastry & the eggs, this puff pastry breakfast pizza is best enjoyed immediately after baking, though leftovers will keep, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. I like enjoying leftovers cold or room temperature – just take them out of the refrigerator & let them warm up for 15-20 minutes before enjoying. Due to the pastry, I do not suggest reheating leftovers in the microwave – it will get soggy.
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Recipe by Jess Larson, Plays Well With Butter | Photography by KJ & Company, Kate Poskochil