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How to make French Bread Pizza

How to make French Bread pizza

(This isn’t a new recipe, but I keep seeing it pop up on Pinterest, and I cringe every time I see the very unfabulous four-year-old photos that I originally posted. So, I’m updating it with New! Improved! photos.)

Since a lot of people spend a good deal of money ordering pizza, I thought it would be good to do a series of posts on how to make pizza at home.

This one uses French bread as the crust, so you can make this even if you are categorically opposed to working with yeast. 😉

As with most pizzas, this is a handy thing to make if you want to use up small bits of vegetables, meats, or cheeses. And, it’s a good way to use up dry French bread (or day old French bread from the reduced rack at the grocery store).

I typically bake an extra loaf when I make my homemade French bread, so I usually have a loaf in the freezer to use for this recipe.

French Bread Pizza

You will need:

French bread loaves
prepared tomato sauce
shredded mozzarella cheese
whatever toppings you like

Cut the French bread loaves in half lengthwise and place them on a baking sheet. Or if you want to make the cutting process easier, cut the loaf in half and then cut it lengthwise, like so:

Spread them with tomato sauce. It’s good to be a little stingy here, because you’re putting tomato sauce onto a very porous surface, and if you are heavy-handed with the sauce, your pizza will be on the soggy end of things.

Sprinkle the pizzas with mozzarella cheese and whatever toppings you like.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.

If you like a browner topping, you can put these under the broiler for a minute or two. However, if you’re using a pizza stone, you’ll want to transfer the pizzas to a baking sheet before broiling, as a pizza stone will crack under a broiler.


(P.S. Whenever other bloggers update old recipe posts and mention the horrible original pictures, I’m always terribly curious to see what the old ones looked like. I guess I’m just a sucker for a good before and after.

So, in case any of you are as nosy as me, here’s an old one and a new one.)

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Wednesday 9th of October 2013

Found this on Pinterest! LOVE this recipe! We usually make it several times a month. It's great because we can each have what we like on our pizza. Also, I buy the French bread, when it goes on clearance, and freeze the loaves, to make it even cheaper! Thanks so much for sharing it!


Tuesday 29th of January 2013

hey guys ... man they look tasty .... we were gonna make french bread pizza's at school tomz so i thought i might look at some websites and i have to be honest ...there's a flood going on in my mouth right now <3 Bye ... Mwuah


Monday 5th of November 2012

Love reading your blog! I used to work at an Italian/pizza restaurant and we made something similar to this. To keep the tomato sauce from making your bread soggy, just put a thin layer of butter on the bread before you put the tomato sauce on. Happy pizza bread!

Economies of kale

Monday 5th of November 2012

Wow, your photos have improved a lot :) I hope that one day when I have a real camera I will look back at the current photos on my blog (all taken on my iphone) and laugh at them.

Since going gluten free I have been using tortillas as a pizza base, and that had worked well. It's all about thinking outside the box :)

Amanda @ The Scacchi House

Saturday 3rd of November 2012

We love making pizza at home. One thing we have found to keep the bread from getting soggy is to toast it in the oven for a few minutes before you put on the sauce. Love the new pictures. =)

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