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Pizza and eggs collide in unexpected ways on TikTok.
Creative foodies have been combining the two long enough that the hashtag #pizzaeggs is trending enough to garner more than 1.9 million views on the video-sharing app.
Some of the viral recipe videos on the app reference eggs and popular pizza toppings like a traditional omelet, while others feature actual leftover pizza and scrambled eggs.
Content creator Elyse Myers, who has the most viewed pizza egg video on TikTok to date, makes her recipe with butter, par-cooked chicken, sliced pepperoni, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, eggs, and cheese.
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“This was an original recipe that came from me trying to finish all the leftovers in the fridge,” Myers told Fox News Digital. “It evolved over time and then we just ate it so many times that we gave it the name ‘pizza eggs.'”
She added, “The taste is like eating a flavorful scrambled egg with sausage, egg and cheese.”
While Myers isn’t the first to share a pizza-inspired egg recipe, other TikTok users have opted to fry leftover pizza and freshly cracked eggs in a pan.
Shay Spence, a self-proclaimed “pro eater,” is one of the many remaining pizza remixers who use eggs to spice up the dish.
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He first shared his pizza egg recipe in 2020 and then again in 2022, which involves dicing slices of pizza and frying in oil before adding optional sauce, mixed eggs, salt and pepper – all cooked over medium heat.
Spence told Fox News Digital that he first learned how to make pizza eggs from his college roommate.
“I put my twist by really caramelizing the pizza slices until they’re almost like croutons and the cheese gets nice and crispy,” he said. “The eggs are also starting to rehydrate the pizza, so it’s the perfect way to use up leftovers that are getting stale.”
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What Do Food Experts Think About Pizza Eggs?
Kimberly Baker, director of the Clemson Extension Food Systems and Safety Program at Clemson University, told Fox News Digital that “eggs are a good source of protein and have a bland taste” that “pair well with a lot of other foods.”
“Eggs cook quickly with minimal equipment and cleanup, and pizza is a dish most Americans love and can change up the toppings to suit their preferences,” she continued. “The combination of ease of preparation, flavors that mix well with almost everyone’s taste preferences, and a nutrient-dense dish make this a recipe that many people want to try after seeing how easy it is to make on social media.” are.”
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30-year-old retired pizza maker and Pala Pizza blog writer Stefano Velia told Fox News Digital that eggs have long worked with cheese, sausage and bacon.
In his professional opinion, popular meat-based pizza toppings like pepperoni are “not too far from a flavor stretch.”
“The most unusual combination would be eggs with pizza sauce,” he continued. “However, the ever-popular North African dish shakshouka uses spicy tomato sauce and poached eggs. All the ingredients go well together in one way or another.”
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Sylvia Fountaine, a professional chef and CEO of recipe website Feasting at Home, told Fox News Digital that she thinks interest in pizza-inspired egg recipes could rise due to the popularity of the ketogenic diet.
“Keto involves consuming high fat, high protein, and low to no carbs, that is [regular] Pizza isn’t on the menu,” she said. “Eggs are high in protein, and cheese, pepperoni, and certain tomato sauces are considered keto-compliant, so pizza eggs can be a tasty substitute when avoiding carbs.”
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“Unfortunately, with summer on the horizon, many young people are focusing on weight loss, and the proliferation of this dish seems consistent with those goals,” Fountaine continued. “I believe that food can be healthy and tasty even with carbohydrates. I would recommend supplementing pizza eggs with peppers, mushrooms and scallions for fiber and vitamins.”