Author: Susanne at dishwithme.com
Photography: Susanne at dishwithme.com
I made a tradition with my boys when they were growing up. We ALWAYS had pizza on Halloween night. This was because we like tradition, but, also, because it’s hard to get off of work, race home, feed the kids, and get them ready for trick or treating. Ordering a pizza saved cooking time and, instead, let me work on getting them in awesome costume Halloween readiness. Apparently other people had the same idea because the pizza restaurants were always super busy. This is where the idea for making homemade French Bread Pizza was born.
This isn’t really what I call cooking, because it’s really just a matter of tossing some things together, BUT it is faster than running to pick up a pizza, or waiting on delivery. This is super fast to put together and the kids LOVED it and so do I. I still make this on occasion for an easy night. I think you’ll like it, too!
French bread pizza is great because you don’t have to bother with making a crust and I think that French bread is superior to the already made crusts because they are lighter. Kids, and adults, have fun making their own pizza their way. Everyone gets to put exactly what they want and make it their unique way.
Take a look at the picture above. They are all different because everyone made their own the way they like it.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR FRENCH BREAD PIZZA
Many kids often simply like cheese pizza, or cheese and pepperoni. But the sky is the limit, use what you like. Some great toppings are: pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, diced onions, bell pepper, olives, mushrooms, etc.
This is so easy that I don’t have a ton of tips for you. I line the baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup.
The best pizza sauce I’ve tried is Trader Joe’s pizza sauce. If you don’t have access to a Trader Joe’s, you can order it on Amazon, but it is ridiculously priced. We, also, like the Classico brand, which can be found about anywhere.
I slice the loaf in half, thickness wise, so you have a top and a bottom and then each top and bottom in half, so you are left with four pieces, two tops and two bottoms.
I like to make sure to have extra pizza sauce for dipping.
The system I use for building my pizza is to slather plenty of pizza sauce first. Next I add a slice or two of provolone cheese, then toppings, and I finish it off with chunks of sliced mozzarella, or shredded mozzarella.
- French bread
- Pizza sauce – whatever kind you like. We strongly prefer Trader Joe’s and Classico.
- Mozzarella cheese – sliced, shredded, or both
- Provolone cheese
- Whatever topping you desire. Just to name a few are: pepperoni, salami, Italian sausage, ham, Canadian bacon, diced onions, bell pepper, olives, mushrooms, etc. Some people even like shrimp and cashews.
LINKS TO OTHER RECIPES
A healthy salad is always nice with pizza. Try this easy CATALINA SALAD
Or, this COBB SALAD
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LINKS TO PRODUCTS USED
I use this rotary grater for grating my cheeses.
A foil lined baking tray makes cleanup a breeze.
- Rotary grater
- Baking tray
- 1 loaf French bread quartered
- 2 jars Pizza sauce or more
- Mozzarella cheese desired amount, sliced or grated, or both
- Provolone cheese sliced
- Any toppings desired
- Line a baking tray with foil.
- Pre-heat oven to 425℉.
- Quarter the loaf of French bread and then let everyone assemble their own.
- Place each quarter onto the baking sheet. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
- It's that easy, guys!