Wednesday, September 25, 2013

French Bread Pizza

I was shocked that someone actually asked me for this recipe this week....then tonight a friend realized that their new home was outside the local pizza delivery area - not to fret!  This is an easy, cheap and quick answer to pizza woes!

You'll need:

1 loaf French Bread or Sweet Italian Bread from the grocery or bakery
1 jar of your favorite marinara sauce (you'll only use a cup or so)
1 stick butter
Shredded Mozzarella cheese
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Garlic flakes or Garlic salt (your preference but I like Garlic flakes)
Toppings (see notes below)

What to do:

Slice bread horizontally into two long halves.  Lightly spread each half with butter, then sprinkle sparingly with garlic flakes (or garlic salt, your preference but I avoid additional salt and do the flakes).  Place the buttered-seasoned bread in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350* for 10 just want the butter to melt and the crust to firm up to a light crunch consistency. 

After removing from oven, I like to slice the bread halves into individual serving slices (about 2 inches wide or so). 

Spread a tablespoon of your favorite sauce on top of crusted bread. 

Add a pinch of Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.

Top as you like, I usually use Pepperoni, Sausage or Ground Beef (or both -  cook drain and crumble), Sautéed Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, etc.  (Sauté veggies in butter or for tomatoes, just sauté in their own juices but not for long, tomatoes cook very quickly).  Add a pinch of French Fried Onions and you won't be sorry (that crunch is a fantastic texture and the onion flavor is not overwhelming!

Add another pinch of your cheeses then return to cookie sheet and bake in 350*  oven for  3 - 5 minutes (cheese will melt on top and bubble to golden color).  Remove from oven and enjoy!

I do not use the broil function as I tend to make charcoal briquettes on that setting! 350* is my friend and she does well for me! 

One loaf of bread serves 3-4 people depending on their appetites and if you are serving salad or any accompaniments. 

This is great for football games or entertaining with children as it is adaptable for individual tastes!  You can prep your bread in advance and set up a toppings bar - even include Alfredo sauce if you prefer and add spinach or petite cooked shrimp as optional toppings...Que Sera Sera!  Enjoy Ya'll!

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