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French Bread Pizza: 2 Ways

April 17, 2013

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

Two things you should know before this whole pizza extravaganza begins.  One: a ‘maj’, short for major… is a best friend.  Two:  Tracy is my maj.

I met Tracy a few years ago.  We caught one other rolling our eyes at the same thing.  It was frozen risotto that deserved our collective eye roll.  To be fair… it was gross and we were hungry.  Tracy is the kind of friend that you can bring to a party because she’ll compliment all the girls (most sincerely), give all the guys a much needed ribbing (most sincerely), and laugh at fart jokes.  She’s a crowd pleaser, and if you tend to be on the quiet side, like me… Tracy is a ringer.  She’s such a win.

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

Also… if you were to say a sentence to Tracy like, ‘Hey what should I make for my blog?’, she’ll have the right answer… which is French Bread Pizza, always and forever.

Tracy and I live many miles apart, but found ourselves in the same kitchen this week.  This sort of rare occasion calls for carbs and cheese.  There was sausage and cheese, chicken and barbecue sauce, and a tremendous amount of laughter.

Tracy made Greek French Bread Pizza and Sausage and Pepper Breakfast French Bread Pizza… and she did a thing with Tapatio that made my heart kind of swoony.  Check it, don’t wreck it.

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

Let’s start with sausage and cheese.

There’s a back story behind this very simple combination of meat, dairy, and carbohydrates.

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

In grade school, I was allowed to buy one school lunch a week.  My choice was always a grease-bomb of a French Bread Sausage Pizza and I was convinced it was the best that had ever happened to me.

Don’t even get me started on chalupa and chocolate milk day… amazing(ly horrible).

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

I respect the simplicity of these pizzas.  The sausage is spicy.  The sauce is generous, as is the cheese.

These speak directly to my 9-year old heart.  I just had no way of knowing that I’d go from eating this pizza at a kid-crowded cafeteria table to standing over the kitchen sink devouring a too hot slice.

Sausage and Cheese French Bread Pizza

makes 2 pizza pieces

Print this Recipe!

1 French bread individual sandwich loaf

olive oil, salt, and pepper

1/4 to 1/3 cup pizza sauce

1/2 cup cooked spicy Italian sausage

1/2 cup (or more to taste) shredded mozzarella cheese

crushed red pepper flakes

fresh parsley for topping

Slice individual French bread loaf in half and place on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Toast under a broiler until edges are golden brown.  Remove from the oven and top with pizza sauce, cooked sausage, cheese and red pepper flakes.  Return to the broiler and heat until cheese is melted and bubbling.  Remove from the oven.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley and serve immediately.  

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

The second French Bread Pizza is inspired by my current adult cravings.

I love the combination of sweet, salty and spicy.  Basically, I want my food to taste like everything it can.  That sounds a bit bratty… maybe I never grew out of that.

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

This pizza combined barbecue sauce with shredded chicken, red onions, and just enough (which is a good amount) of cilantro.  Kick the regular pizza sauce to the curb, but welcome the melting cheese with open arm.

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

The sweet and spicy notes are out of control in these pieces.

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

I clicked the shutter three times, then I started eating.  Enough is enough, ya know?

French Bread Pizza: 2 ways

My 9-year old self is so pleased that my (older than) 29-year old self still respects the art of the French Bread Pizza.  This feeling is only amplified by having a maj that can get down with a simple cheesy and bready situation with no shame.  There’s power in that.

BBQ Chicken and Cilantro French Bread Pizza

makes 2 pizza pieces

Print this Recipe!

1 French bread individual sandwich loaf

olive oil, salt, and pepper

1/2 cup BBQ sauce (or more to taste), divided

3/4 cup shredded cooked chicken

3 tablespoons thinly sliced red onion

2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, plus more for topping

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

crushed red pepper flakes

Slice individual French bread loaf in half and place on a baking sheet.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Toast under a broiler until edges are golden brown.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, combine 1/4 cup BBQ sauce with shredded chicken, onion, and cilantro.  Stir until everything is coated in sauce.  Divide remaining BBQ sauce to top the toasted bread.  Top with chicken mixture.  Top with shredded cheese and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.  Return to the broiler and cook until the cheese is melted and bubbling.  Remove from the oven, top with fresh cilantro leaves and serve immediately.  


94 Comments Add A Comment

  • Uh huh… now it’s pizza time.

  • My daughters make these all the time – for breakfast! Easy for them since they can use the toaster oven. Easy for me because I can sit and enjoy my coffee and paper and not lift a finger.

  • I used to make these too! But of course back then I prefered plastic sandwich bread with pizza sauce and tons of cheese( I mean TONS, like 1/2 cup per slice). Messy work, but worth it. This post is remind me of the Daria episode where Jane and Daria order PIzza to in order to ideas.
    Totally works.

    Look you know this will be addictive. sausage ,spicy and carbs… God sent

  • These look heavenly! What a great idea, would have never thought of it.
    Love how you switched it up and didn’t only do a classic version.
    xo Quinn

    Quinn Cooper Style

  • Um… carbs and cheese, my two favourite things together!

  • They both look yummy! It’s been so long since I last had french bread pizza – I’ll have to make some soon! XX

    betterhalffull.blogspot.com

  • this just looks toooo good!

  • I haven’t had French Bread Pizza in years, it was always my favourite when I was a kid. This just makes me want to go out to the shop and get some French Bread, yummy!
    You can’t beat a good old sausage and cheese pizza :)
    x

  • Considering I usually think the thicker the crust the better, I’m sorta shocked to realize I don’t think I’ve ver had French bread pizza. And the idea of the BBQ sauce one is callin’ my name.

  • Omg I was just thinking of elementary school cafeteria lunches when I saw the first picture of this post, before I began reading. I used to buy lunch every single day. The French Bread Pizza brings me back to those simpler times. I think my favorite was Sloppy Joe Day.

    I might make this tomorrow for “family meal” at work tomorrow, since it’s my turn to cook. It’s simple and quick…and most importantly, tastey.

  • As usual a wonderfully written and witty post and an easy peasy recipe to make. I am a major slacker in the food prep dept. I use my highly demanding time suck of a job as an excuse to keep me out of the kitchen. The reality is I like the idea of cooking but I like eating more. And I wait too long to prepare things. So I am too ravenous to put some decent ingredients together that require anything more than 3 minutes. I heart fast healthy food though. (Currently reading “My Life in France” by Julia Childs to get inspired and kick those lazy inclinations to the curb!)

  • oh Joy YUM! carbs and cheese! mmmmm. im going to go make a “sliced bread pizza” now :)

  • Yummy! This brings back childhood memories! When I was a child, my mom would often make “bread” pizzas for us. Stale bread, leftover tomato sauce, a slice or two of mozzarella, a drizzle of olive oil. It was quick and tasty. She used to call this “dish” “poor pizza”. I haven’t eaten it in years!

  • Oh man, this looks soooo good and I want it right now! I’m in Australia and at work and am really just counting down until I can go home and eat dinner. Looking at this deliciousness is really not helping…

  • I love your school memory of one hot lunch per week and choosing pizza. Now that you mention it, I remember my school serving pizza on French Bread. But clearly not anything too delicious or anything :)

    I love the sweet/spicy/tangy with the bbq sauce and then the cilantro & red pepper flakes!

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