nina | January 18th, 2013 - 9:00 am

Consumers are coming to embrace the idea of something hot, flat and crispy in the morning, and if it’s couched in the guise of a dinnertime favorite, all the better.

Pizza is now on 5 percent of the breakfast menus of the chain and independent restaurants, with the highest penetration in casual-dining restaurants. The item appears on 18 percent more menus than in 2008.

Most of those pizzas, generally served without marinara sauce, are on menus at independent restaurants or small chains.

Pizzas at breakfast?  Could possibly come with scrambled eggs, caramelized onions, housemade fennel sausage, and a combination of mozzarella and fontina cheeses. Or maybescrambled eggs, mushrooms, prosciutto di Parma, spinach, mozzarella and crescenza cheeses, and a drizzle of truffle oil. And for a more kosher breakfast pizza how about smoked salmon, dill, and mozzarella and mascarpone cheeses?

Sunny-side up eggs are popular breakfast pizza toppings  along with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, and assorted cheeses.

Maybe you prefer scrambled eggs?  Try topping the breakfast pizza with Cheddar cheese, sausage, bacon, peppers, mushrooms, onions and salsa.


Source:  Nation’s Restaurant News, 1-14-2013

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