French Bread Pizza

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This is not really a recipe as such but really just a method on how we make our French bread pizzas.  This is an easy meal to make for lunch or dinner and you can make them with any toppings that you want.

Mr. Meat Eater is pretty traditional in his pizza toppings and I just found out a week or two ago that he doesn’t like green peppers on his pizza.  We have been eating pizza with green peppers on them for 35 years *face palm*!

I know they are called French bread pizzas but I usually use Italian bread.  If I can’t find the Italian bread I want, I use French bread sticks (just smaller loaves).

I have, in the past, frozen these.  Put the completely made but unbaked pizzas on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until frozen.  Then take each pizza, wrap in plastic wrap and carefully put in a large ziplock bag and return to freezer.  Bake at 375º for about 30 minutes or until completely baked and hot.  Note that this baking temperature is different than the one below..

French Bread Pizza

French Bread Pizza

1 loaf of French or Italian bread, cut in half lengthwise
Super Easy Pizza Sauce or jarred sauce
Shredded cheese ~ I use pizza cheese but use your favorites, shredded
Toppings ~ use your favorites

Preheat oven to 400º.

Place bread halves on a baking sheet.

With the bread face up, spoon on some pizza sauce. Don’t use too much or it will be too saucy.

I always put the cheese on next so that the toppings will “stick” as the cheese melts. Save a sprinkle of cheese or two for the very top.

Add your toppings. I usually use pepperoni and mushrooms. The mushrooms I use are canned because I can drain them really well and I don’t have to take the time to saute them.

Sprinkle a bit of leftover cheese over the top.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and toppings are heated up.

I cut mine in pieces and serve.

Makes 2-3 servings depending on the size of your bread.  You can make as many pizzas as you need.

Happy Cooking!

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Bruschetta Pizza

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Last day of Super Bowl goodies!

WOW!  This pizza packs a lot of punch for virtually NO work!   If you are looking for an easy, flavorful recipe ~ this is IT!  You can always make your own dough and bruschetta if you want.  Make sure you get the dough as thin as possible.

I saw something similar somewhere in my internet travels but I didn’t print it out thinking I would never make it.  It stuck in my head so I made what may or may not be exactly what I saw.

Bruschetta Pizza

Bruschetta Pizza

1 THIN Boboli pizza crust
1 jar bruschetta ~ can also use refrigerated bruschetta; I used the whole jar but neglected to write down the size of the jar
1 cup Italian blend cheese or pizza cheese ~ use more if you like it cheesy

Preheat oven to 450º.

Place crust on a pizza pan. Spread bruschetta over the top. Sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for 12-15 minutes.

Makes 8 slices.

Happy Cooking!

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Grilling Pizza

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We LOVE grilled pizza.  In fact, we make it about once a week.  We usually make pepperoni but sometimes we throw on whatever veggies we have on hand.  It’s really not hard to make.  I know the first time I did it, I was convinced the dough was going to fall through the gates and make a huge mess of the grill but it’s never happened.

I use my usual dough recipe ~ Pizza Dough I always make it in my bread machine but I’m sure it would work making it by hand although I have never done it.  I would think that frozen dough, dough from a can, and the dough you can sometimes buy at a pizza place would work as well but I haven’t tried it.

When the dough is done in the machine, I take it out and put it in a greased bowl and cover it with greased plastic wrap and let it rise until doubled.  I punch it down, and take it out of the bowl onto a floured surface and roll it out.  I brush olive oil on the WRONG side of a cookie sheet and put the rolled out dough on it.  I take it out to the preheated grill (Somewhere between 375º and 400º) and slide it onto the grill.

Dough ready to go on the grill:

Dough on the grill:

I close the grill and let it cook for a few minutes.  Using tongs with rubber ends, I check the bottom of the dough every few minutes and when it looks crisp and has grill marks, I carefully turn it over.  Don’t be surprised if the top of the dough bubbles up ~ you don’t have to pop them as they will go away on their own.

The dough after is it turned over:

Now I am ready to add toppings:

I use my regular pizza sauce recipe ~ Super Easy Pizza Sauce I put toppings on in this order:  sauce, cheese (2 cups) and half a bag of pepperoni.  I like to put the cheese under the toppings since it helps them to stick but you can do it in whatever order you like.  It also has to be done rather quickly so the bottom of the crust doesn’t burn.  I may help to turn your grill down a bit.

Toppings on and ready to finish baking:

Close the lid and let it continue baking until the cheese is nice and melted and it looks done.  Here’s the finished pizza:

Using the tongs again, slide the pizza back onto the back of the cookie, let it sit for a minute or two and it will be easier to cut.

A couple of things I have learned along the way:

*Use tongs with rubber ends.  Regular tongs will rip the dough.

*Saute any veggies that you want to put on the pizza.  It cooks so quick that the veggies will still be very crunchy (unless you want it that way, then don’t saute).

*The dough can be made early in the day and put in the fridge until later.  Make sure it has come to room temperature and has risen some before rolling it out.  Cold dough will not roll out ~ it will keep shrinking back.

*Don’t be afraid of trying this ~ my DH and I have lots of fun doing it and we’ve done it enough that we have it down to a science, LOL!

Happy Cooking!

Super Easy Pizza Sauce

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I love this sauce recipe and it’s what I use when I make pizza.  It freezes very well and I usually double or triple it when I do make it so I always have some in the freezer.  I use it with my Pizza Dough (Bread Machine) recipe.  We don’t like too much sauce on our pizzas so this amount would probably cover three pizzas but using it normally, I would say it covers two pizzas.

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Easy Pizza Sauce

2 (10.75 ounce) cans of tomato puree
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. When the sauce begins to bubble, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and let cool.

Store in the refrigerator or use immediately. It can also be frozen.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups pizza sauce.

Happy Cooking!

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Pizza Dough (Bread Machine)

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I love this pizza dough recipe. It’s easy since my bread machine does all the work and I love the flavor the beer gives to it. I make one large pizza with the dough but you could make two small pizzas (personal size) with one recipe of the dough.

If you’re anything like me, you will forget to let the beer get flat. All I do is pour it into a measuring cup, stir it like crazy for a bit and then let it sit for an hour or so and then it’ll be flat enough. It just can’t foam up in the bread machine.

I have also had good success in making the dough in the morning, putting it in a greased bowl, covered, and letting it sit in the refrigerator all day. I pull it out about an hour before I want to make the pizza to let it come to room temperature.

I have also used this recipe when making a pizza for the grill ~ I use a pizza stone specially made for the grill.

I have a good recipe for pizza sauce but in the picture I used jarred sauce so I will save that recipe for another day.

Pizza Dough (Bread Machine)

1 cup flat beer
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Put ingredients in bread machine in order recommended by manufacturer. Use dough setting.

When machine is completed, remove dough and place in greased bowl. Cover; let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk. Roll or press in prepared pan. Brush lightly with olive oil. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

Add sauce and toppings. Bake at 400º for 24 minutes or until done and crust is crispy on outside.

Makes 1 large pizza or 2 small pizzas.

Happy Cooking!