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How to Make Pizza with French Bread

 

pepperoni pizza with French bread

Making pizza with French bread is quick and easy to make and it is delicious. It is a great appetizer, snack or a quick meal. You can’t find a more convenient dish than this! So, if you want to know how to make pizza with French bread…read ahead and find out!

 

What is French Bread?

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French bread is a type of traditional European-style bread that originated in France. It has a light, airy texture with a crisp and crusty exterior. French bread is made with wheat flour, yeast, water, and salt. The dough is kneaded until it forms a smooth round loaf, then baked in the oven.

French bread’s popularity has grown worldwide due to its unique flavor and texture. It can be found in many varieties, such as baguettes, ciabatta, focaccia, etc. French bread can be served as an accompaniment to meals or enjoyed as an appetizer or snack with condiments.

 

Can You Make Pizza with French Bread?

You can create a delicious pizza using French bread as the base. This pizza type is often called a “French bread pizza.” French bread pizza is incredibly easy to make. You don’t require dough, and these pizzas are also customizable, which makes them great for those who want to get creative in the kitchen. You can top them with whatever ingredients you like. The possibilities are endless!

 

Variation Ideas

Here are some ideas on how to make your variation of pizza using French bread:

  • Sauces: The sauce is one of the most important elements when creating a pizza. It sets the base for flavors. For a classic taste, use tomato sauce (pizza or marinara sauce) as the base for your pizza. You can also experiment with different sauces, such as pesto or Alfredo sauce, for something more unique.
  • Vegetables: Try adding sautéed onions, bell peppers and mushrooms. You can also add spinach or kale for an added nutritional boost. If you want something more flavorful, try adding roasted garlic or artichoke hearts to give your pizza an extra zing.
  • Meat: French bread pizzas are great with any meat topping. Add some cooked ground beef or sausage for a classic taste, or go with chicken or turkey if you want something lighter. You can add some pepperoni slices or bacon bits for flavor and texture.
  • Cheese: No pizza is complete without cheese! Choose from classic mozzarella cheese or experiment with other types, such as feta cheese or gorgonzola cheese, for a unique twist on the traditional dish.

 

Different Methods of Making Pizza with French Bread

pepperoni French bread pizza

There are several different methods of making pizza with French bread. Here are some of the most popular methods:

  • Traditional French Bread Pizza: This method involves baking the French bread before adding your favorite toppings. Once it’s finished baking, spread tomato sauce over the top and add your preferred toppings. Pop it back in the oven for another 10 minutes until everything melts.
  • The “No-Bake” Method eliminates the need to pre-bake the French bread before adding your toppings. Spread tomato sauce over your uncooked French bread slices and add your desired toppings. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Stuffed Crust Pizza: Start by spreading tomato sauce over one side of each slice of French bread and layering cheese over each slice. Place the second slice of French bread on top of each slice with the cheese facing down so that both sides are covered in cheese. Add desired toppings before baking in preheated oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until the cheese melts away.
  • Grilled Pizza: Try this grilled variation for those who don’t have access to an oven or prefer not to use one. Prepare it just like any other, and use a grill to get the cheese bubbly.

 

Tips to Remember

If you want to make an amazing pizza with French bread, here are some tips to help you!

  • Try using bread that is a day old.
  • Spread your desired sauce onto the French bread before adding any other toppings.
  • Layer your ingredients on top of each other from heaviest to lightest, starting with meats, vegetables, and cheese.
  • Add any desired garnishes, herbs or spices once cooled for extra flavor.
  • You can also drizzle some olive oil over the top for an extra boost in flavor.

 

How to Store Pizza with French Bread

You can store the leftover French bread pizza by wrapping it in aluminum foil and refrigerating it. It will last for 3 days. Freeze it, and it will last for a month.

 

How to Make Pizza with French Bread

How to Make Pizza with French Bread

  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time:  10 minutes
  • Total time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread, 17” long & 4” wide
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, finely shredded
  • 1 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Your Desired toppings

Instructions

  1. Prepare oven and preheat to 425F. Also, prepare an 18″ x 13″ rimmed baking sheet by lining it with an aluminum sheet.
  2. Cut French bread in half lengthwise, then cut again to make four equal slices, and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Apply olive oil to both sides of the bread using a brush, turn upright, transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven, spread pizza sauce, sprinkle cheese and garnish with your favorite toppings and place in the oven.
  5. Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until the cheese melts and turns brown.
  6. When ready, remove from oven, slice and serve.

 

French Bread Pizza

Ingredients
  

  • 1 loaf French bread 17” long & 4” wide
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese finely shredded
  • 1 3/4 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Your Desired toppings

Instructions
 

  • Prepare oven and preheat to 425F. Also, prepare an 18" x 13" rimmed baking sheet by lining it with an aluminum sheet.
  • Cut French bread in half lengthwise, then cut again to make four equal slices, and arrange on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Apply olive oil to both sides of the bread using a brush, turn upright, transfer to the preheated oven and bake for 4 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, spread pizza sauce, sprinkle cheese and garnish with your favorite toppings and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 10 to 13 minutes or until the cheese melts and turns brown.
  • When ready, remove from oven, slice and serve.

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