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French Bread Pizza

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The hubby and I recently started looking into buying a house, and oh my goodness, you guys. I had no idea what we were getting into. We’ve only been at it a couple of weeks, and I’m already totally overwhelmed. There’s just so much to think about!

Right now, Milwaukee is completely a seller’s market, and there aren’t a lot of options out there. Most of the houses that do get put on the market end up selling within a day or two. It’s just nuts. That means that we’ll likely only have a few hours to decide whether we like a house enough to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, which will be especially hard considering there’s always going to be something you don’t like about a house. You just have to decide if it’s something you can live with until you can change it. It’s giving me an ulcer just thinking about it.

Lucky for us, we have a wonderful realtor in the form of our good friend Brooke. She became a realtor a couple of years ago, and it’s so nice to know that we’re working with someone we can trust. She’s not just trying to get us into any old house as quickly as possible so she can get paid. She wants us to buy a house we love. And because we’ve been friends with her for so long, we’re not afraid to be honest with her, which is so important when dealing with such a large purchase. Seriously, I can’t say enough great things about working with her.

Because our lives are going to be a little more hectic in the coming months, I’ve been trying to think of quick and easy weeknight meals to make, and these French bread pizzas definitely fit the bill! They literally take a total of 10 minutes to prep and bake.

I love pizza. Like LOOOOOVE pizza. I would probably eat pizza every single day if I thought Peter wouldn’t judge me for it. Truly. But the problem with pizza is that it’s not exactly the healthiest thing to put on the menu. Especially if you eat an entire frozen one by yourself (not that I would ever do that….. No of course not. That would be crazy and excessive! Right? Totally).

Insert these babies. I make these amazing little pizzas using French or Italian rolls instead of the traditional longer French breads, only because my husband likes to use the leftover rolls to make sandwiches. But if you want to use the longer French bread, go right ahead! The other nice part about using the rolls is that everyone gets their own, so you can customize each person’s pizza to fit their own tastes.

My favorite part is how crunchy the outside of the bread gets, while the middle stays soft. This is a direct result of how hot the oven is when you bake them. I once baked them at a lower temperature (don’t ever ask your husband to preheat the oven for you. He won’t pay any attention to the temperature you want the oven at), and I was sorely disappointed because the bread stayed soft instead of getting nice and crispy. If your oven doesn’t go up to 500, just turn it up as high as it goes. Occasionally, I’ll turn the broiler on for the last minute or two of the baking process to get the cheese brown and bubbly.

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French Bread Pizza

Servings: 2

  • 2 Italian or French rolls (I use Gonnella)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce (I use Prego)
  • 1 cup (3 oz) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded
  • Pizza toppings (mushrooms, peppers, onions, etc), as desired

 

  1. Preheat oven to 500.
  2. Using a sharp bread knife, cut rolls in half thickness-wise. Spread pizza sauce evenly on each half of bread. Sprinkle cheeses on top. Top with desired pizza toppings.
  3. Place pizza halves on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

 

Inspired by: Cooking with Ruthie

Author: gingerandoregano

Wife. Nurse. Soon-to-be mother. Lover of all things pasta. Ginger.

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