French Bread Pizza- 2 Ways

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When we were kids, my mom used to buy frozen french bread pizzas with the intention of giving us something to eat while she went out on a date night with my dad.  But when you have two growing boys and a daughter who knows her way around a microwave, well...you basically have trouble.  My mom would bring a few frozen pizza breads into the house and in a flash they'd be gone. We were sneaky kids!

Yesterday, Joy and I got the idea to make some French Bread Pizzas because it's a versatile way for you to get all your favorite toppings into your mouth on a convienient delivery system---French Bread!  It's also a really great way to customize lunch/dinner for people with different food interests. There were 4 total in our lineup and they were all INCREDIBLY delicious. I'm gonna show you my two. Let's go through the whole process, shall we?

I have a thing for Greek pizza. I like to think of it as a more "salad-y" pizza. I also love the sharp bite you get with the onions & feta. So here's my take on a Greek French Bread Pizza.  The flavors are magical!

What I like about it is that it can be served at room temperature.

Serve it with your favorite salad and you've got a healthy meal. I think it would also be great as an appetizer. Don't you?

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Ingredients:

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How do you make a French Bread Pizza? It's easy.

Take a French Roll and slice it in half. Drizzle with olive oil and toast it in the oven.

This totally can be done with a toaster oven.

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Toasted! We want a toasty base so we don't have a soggy mess! We're building a foundation.

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I like to put cheese on the bottom before I load stuff on top. I think of it as edible glue!

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Spinach & marinated artichokes go on top.

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As do thin red onion slices, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, oregano and feta! Red pepper flakes make it spicy!

Add a little more mozzarella cheese on top. OVEN TIME.

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The cheese gets melty and some of the spinach wilts. Your mouth is gonna go nuts for this.

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Now we have another one of my favorite combinations.

Sausage, Peppers & Onions----BUT we take it a step further and add an egg. Totally weekend breakfast material!

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Ingredients! We cut the peppers small so they cook (slightly) on the pizza.

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Toasted bread!

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Cheese, sausage, peppers, red pepper flakes and onions go on top. Add more cheese on top and OVEN TIME.

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Finish with basil.

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I mean...

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Let's keep going. Fry up an egg!

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Put that egg up on top. If you're looking to perfect your egg frying technique, look here!

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Cut up your pizza and dip it in that yolk. BREAKFAST PIZZA!!! I totally added hot sauce on top of this.

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Looking for more inspiration?

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  1. Greek French Bread Pizza (recipe below)
  2. Sausage & Cheese French Bread Pizza (check out Joy the Baker today!)
  3. BBQ Chicken & Cilantro French Bread Pizza (check out Joy the Baker today!)
  4. Sausage & Pepper Breakfast French Bread Pizza (recipe below)

(I'm slightly OBSESSED with Joy's BBQ Chicken Pizza!)

ENJOY.

French Bread Pizzas- 2 Ways

Greek French Bread Pizza

makes two pizzas

  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 french roll, sliced in half
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6-8 spinach leaves
  • 6 marinated artichoke hearts (3 per side)
  • 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • a few red onions, sliced paper thin
  • a pinch of dried oregano
  • a pinch of dried basil
  • 2-3 tablespoons feta cheese
  • a pinch of red pepper flakes
  • salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400F.

Drizzle each half of french roll with olive oil. Place bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

Sprinkle half cheese on both sides of toasted bread. Place the spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, oregano, basil, and red pepper evenly on both slices. Add rest of the cheese and bake the french bread pizza in oven for 5-7 minutes.

Set oven to BROIL and broil for 2-4 minutes until cheese is fully melted & edges are crispy.

 

Sausage & Pepper Breakfast French Bread Pizza

makes two

  • 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin olive oil
  • 1 french roll, sliced in half
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheese (I used a blend of Cheddar & Mozzarella)
  • 1/3 cup cooked hot Italian sausage, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper (about 1/4 red pepper)
  • a few red onion slivers (sliced paper thin)
  • red pepper flakes
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • salt & pepper
  • fried egg

Preheat oven to 400F.

Drizzle each half of french roll with olive oil. Place bread on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until lightly browned.

Sprinkle half cheese on both sides of toasted bread. Place the sausage, bell pepper, red onions and red pepper on top of each slice. Add rest of the cheese and put french bread pizza in oven for 5-7 minutes.

Set oven to BROIL and broil for 2-4 minutes until cheese is fully melted & edges are crispy.

Add chopped basil to the top, finish french bread pizza with a fried egg and serve.

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