We enjoy pizza on occasion, but if we want pizza, we have to plan ahead. We live 20 some miles from a decent pizza parlor. Far enough out of town that spontaneity is not an option. This recipe solves that problem for us, as long as I have a loaf of French or Italian bread in the freezer. I hear ya . . . yes, I could keep some pizzas in the freezer. But it’s not the same as fresh made and straight out of the oven.
Technically, it’s French Bread Pizza. That is what the original recipe was named way back when I first discovered this easy meal, I made this with a loaf of Italian bread I found on the discount bakery rack at Walmart. I must say I liked this much better. The bread was softer and fluffier than either the French or Italian bread in the bread aisle.
This is super-simple to throw together and every bit as delicious as take-out pizza. You could also add a side salad to round out the meal. I used ingredients I already had on hand, in the quantities that suited us. You can adjust the recipe to your liking and it will still turn out delicious!
Supreme French Bread Pizza
- Split the loaf of bread in half length-wise. Slice off about 1/2″ from the inside of each half , leaving the “crust” around the edges to hold in the sauce. (I save the cut-off pieces of bread in a Ziploc freezer bag I keep in the freezer to be used for making breadcrumbs)
- Spread 1/2 – 3/4 cup of pizza or spaghetti sauce on the cut halves (I used my homemade spaghetti sauce)
- About 1 cup browned hamburger with onions and peppers crumbled over the two halves. (From my ground beef meal prep session for the freezer)
- A small package of Hormel pepperoni evenly spread out on the halves. (Found it for $1 at Dollar General and it was the perfect amount to make the two halves. No leftover open package in the fridge!)
- I raided the fridge and found a jar with a few black olives and another with a few mushrooms. I sliced those to sprinkle on the pizza. I also added some of my own fermented jalapenos to one half for hubby.
- Top each half with 1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella. (I like to buy the big bags of Great Value brand at Walmart, so that I always have cheese on hand. It keeps well for quite a long time)
- Bake for 10 minutes on a baking sheet at 350°. Add more cheese if desired, then bake another 10 minutes until the cheese is fully melted. I prefer to use my NuWave oven, but you can use a regular oven, just be sure to pre-heat the oven first.
Leftovers heat up beautifully. To re-heat, place on a baking sheet in a 350° oven for 8-10 min.
For a fun family night or date night, use sub sandwich rolls found in the bakery section and let everyone create their own personal French Bread Pizzas.
What are your favorite pizza toppings?