Make delicious homemade pizza in minutes! It’s easy and fun and makes for a great appetizer, too.
You know those chubby loaves of French bread that the grocery sells? They are usually sold in baskets near the checkstands. They cost about a buck fifty?
Well, while they may not be the cat’s meow when it comes to French bread, they make pretty fabulous bases for pizza.
What?! You’ve never cheated for pizza? This is your week then!
While I love making traditional pizza dough, I also love the convenience of pulling together a pizza in less than 30 minutes. You can do this with pizza dough; the result will be more of a cracker crust than a light and fluffy bread base. But, for those days when I’m in a hurry, I prefer to use some alternative bases.
I’ve used pita bread, English muffins, tortillas, and bagels with great success. My new favorite is using the big puffy, not-really-French, French bread loaves. Slather on some pesto, sprinkle on cheese and tomatoes, and you’ve got a rocking awesome pizza in minutes!
I made a round of French bread pizzas when our in-laws were visiting this weekend. And even though FishPapa and Grampa Lee has already eaten lunch out, they devoured the crispy, crunchy pizzas.
Feel free to vary your toppings, but be sure to try this simple combo of pesto and fresh tomatoes. These little strips of pizza make great appetizers, too. Be sure to make them for your next party!
Recipe: Pesto and Tomato French Bread Pizza
- 1 loaf French bread
- 1/2 cup pesto, or more to taste
- 2 roma tomatoes, chopped
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- chopped parsley
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Cut the bread in half horizontally and place each half cut-side up on a baking sheet.
- Spread the sauce over the bread; sprinkle the tomatoes, cheese, and parsley. Bake until the cheese is melted and has started to brown in spots, about 7 to 10 minutes.
- Cut and serve.
Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 8