Quick & easy French bread pizza w/ fresh mozzarella
I love to eat pizza and eat it frequently. It is fast and easy to make with a few shortcuts. :)
One way I make pizza is with a French baguette. I love fresh baguettes, but then they get stale. A good option is La Brea Bakery take & bake baguettes, which stay fresh for awhile if you keep them in the fridge. They are stored at room temperature in the grocery store, but I think they keep longer if you put them in the fridge.
Obviously to make pizza, you can also use premade pizza crusts, which I like too. I actually have not made pizza with the Pillsbury pizza dough, just the pretzel bites. I haven't tried to make my own pizza dough yet too. It seems hard to get right, but maybe I'll try that soon. :)
Back to the French bread pizza -- where total prep time and cook time is about 6-8 minutes.
Tip: Right after you buy it, before you put it in the fridge, slice the whole baguette into desired sizes for your pizzas or sides/snacks while it is at room temperature. This is easier than trying to slice it when it's cold.
I cut the baguette into 3 pieces and then slice each in half. So 1 pizza has 1/6 loaf or ~75 calories; not bad. I also sometimes cut some smaller pieces than 1/6 loaf if I'm using them for sides for other dishes.
I love fresh mozzarella, but it is usually sold in large portions. Like I've said, I don't want to buy ingredients that may go bad quickly. I found these little snack size portions of BelGioioso fresh mozzarella, which are individually wrapped. They are the perfect size for this little French bread pizza and won't go bad for a long time.
Recipe: French bread pizza with fresh mozzarella
- French bread: 1/6 baguette of La Brea Bakery or however much you want.
- Marinara sauce or tomato sauce - 1 or 2 tablespoons.
- BelGioioso fresh mozzarella
- any toppings you like or have in your fridge
1.) Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2.) Cut the fresh mozzarella into slices.
- There are 3 in a pack; 1 or 2 will fit on 1/6 baguette. You get one for a snack. :)
3.) Take the French bread and put Marinara sauce and fresh mozzarella on the bread.
4.) Apply toppings as you like.
5.) Put in the oven for 6-8 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is crusty.
The pics show the before I put it in the oven and when it comes out with nice melty fresh mozzarella. What do you think? It looks good enough to eat!
Anyone can make this recipe. We are good at this!
I put some frozen spinach and a little rotisserie chicken on mine. You can use rotisserie chickens in lots of recipes as you will see. That is another hack.
I'm not big on fruits and veggies, but I do like spinach if it's with cheese or puff pastry/bread. :) Check out the post: Sneaking in spinach (veggies) into your food to be healthy (ugh) and history of the invention and rise of the frozen food industry -- to learn more about tips & tricks to best incorporate frozen spinach / veggies into your food so you won't notice and more! :)
Actually the post is called: Sneaking in spinach to be healthy (ugh) & the invention & rise of the frozen food industry. There was a character limit. :)
Btw, the base calories for the pizza is about ~150 calories (baguette: 75 calories, mozzarella: 70 calories, marinara sauce: 5 calories) plus whatever toppings you add. It's pretty filling. Not too bad! :)