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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  • April 17, 2013

    I’ve never had French bread pizza and yet now I am lusting after it like crazy! Especially the artichoke hearts one…

  • Sarah
    April 17, 2013

    I know what you mean about the frozen foods! Man, that stuff did NOT last long in the house with us kids. I also know what you mean about adding a fried egg and some tapatio. That’s what’s up.

  • Jane M
    April 17, 2013

    I just tried your (and LSQ) recipe for fried eggs. Sadly it was not on this yummy looking pizza but my egg came out magnificent!!!! Thx.

  • April 17, 2013

    I love that you and Joy both did double pizza posts today! You guys are pizza BFFs…so cute :) And your pizzas look awesome!

  • April 17, 2013

    Those look like such a quick, tasty summer dinner! Perfect for al fresco dining.

  • April 17, 2013

    Both of these pizzas look killer!! KILLER I want the greek and the breakfast one right now. Like fore breakfast!

  • April 17, 2013

    There’s the most amazing pizza place near my house that serves amazing pizza (and salad/cocktails/gelato — come visit and I’ll talk you) and they put eggs on everything and it’s downright magical. I love where your head’s at.

  • April 17, 2013

    These both look so amazing! How many hours until lunch?

  • April 17, 2013

    Interesting way to fry an egg! Works for me, my teflon pan has got to GO. I’m glad you two posted these pizzas. Now I have one for every meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert). Naturally.

  • April 17, 2013

    You and Joy should cook together more often because when you do, magic happens. Beautiful, cheesy/carb-filled magic.

  • April 17, 2013

    Stauffer’s french bread pizza– the woman I babysat for always had this on hand for me to make for dinner.
    I may have also eaten several after the kids went to bed…washed down with the Tab that she always had in her fridge.
    This looks so good. I can hear the crunchy goodness of the french bread as I salivate over the photos!

  • April 17, 2013

    Oh man, I want to make all of these pizzas- yours and Joy’s!! I wonder if 4 French bread pizzas is too much for one person!!

  • Too cool for school. That’s all I got.

  • Rocio
    April 17, 2013

    OMG! I loved this! Thank you! I will definitely have to make these! :D

  • I’ll take one of each! Yummmm!

  • i absolutely love this. Adding pesto as a base is great idea too

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      No doubt!

  • I don’t know how you decide. One of each right?

  • April 17, 2013

    Instead of saying, “put a bird on it”, I’m going to start saying, “put an egg on it!”!

    Love the ideas! I just bought some whole wheat ciabatta bread at Whole Foods and now I know what to do with it!

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      Let’s get that tattooed!

  • Amanda Barkey
    April 17, 2013

    mmmmm I ADORE french bread pizza… this is how my mom would often make it for us as kids! my fave is ricotta cheese, Italian sausage, sauteed broccoli rabe and provolone! Greek sounds good to me, will have to try!

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      That combo sounds SOOOO GOOD.

  • Kate
    April 17, 2013

    Man, we were so into those frozen french bread pizzas in the 80s. Mostly I remember that they completely annihilated the roof of your mouth. The Greek one sounds delicious!

    • Tracy
      April 17, 2013

      I think I had a burnt tongue for 3 years straight!

  • April 17, 2013

    Wow! That is so cool and simple, I’m going for the Greek one.

  • Jen
    April 17, 2013

    When I was pregnant with my baby Charlie I think I made French bread pizza just about every day!! Think it’s time to eat it again!

  • April 17, 2013

    Bread pizzas! Childhood memories flooding in right now. Except that when we were young, nice European breads weren’t available so mom used regular sandwich bread with toppings like ham, cheddar, canned pineapples and peppers. Those were such a treat.

  • April 18, 2013

    Adding an egg to anything makes it better. Love the breakfast one.

  • Stacey
    April 18, 2013

    So this is sappy and (since I don’t know you in real life) probably pretty creepy too, but the way Joy described you is exactly how I’ve always pictured you! You are both two of my favorite bloggers and are super ladies. I’m glad y’all got to hang out and make French Bread Pizzas together! Time with friends is the best.

    • Tracy
      April 18, 2013

      Thank you! I was so touched by what she said. FRIENDSHIP!!

  • April 18, 2013

    I can’t decide which I would like the best — one of each, please? :D

  • Love this! My mom would make us french bread pizzas and english muffin pizzas :)

  • Annie B
    April 18, 2013

    I made sourdough pizza yesterday for lunch; Bordenave’s, pesto, and mozzarella, and mushrooms. :)

    • Tracy
      April 18, 2013

      Awesome! Our bread was from Bordenave’s!!

  • These look AMAZING! I love French bread pizzas. This breakfast idea is genius. Totally making it for me and my boys this weekend. Thanks Tracy!

  • April 19, 2013

    My mouth is watering. Mmmmm… pizza.

  • lisa
    April 24, 2013

    I used to make a more naked version of this as a kid. You totally reminded me of it and a huge upgrade. I have a long day and guess what Im having for dinner tonight???? French Bread Pizza! Thank you Joy!

  • Barbara
    April 27, 2013

    Made it tonight and it was SOOOOO good. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • May 2, 2013

    Oh hey those look amazing! breakfast pizza. Oh yum!

  • June 26, 2013

    I absolutely adore your entire site! I love that you’ve blended your love of photography with food (and life in general). This particular recipe called out to me and I hope to try it out soon.

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