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Quick French Bread Pizza

I’ve made so many pizzas at home over the years. It feels like I’ve tried every method and then some. But even though we would make them about once per week, I never seemed to find the “perfect” please-all recipe. My kids are picky. Aren't we all?

One is so easy that we kept coming back to it over and over again. It made a great addition when we just wanted a snack pizza or something for the football game. It was also something that I could personalize and even have the kids throw on their own toppings and still have it fixed on a busy weeknight. It was, and still is, a lot of fun.

It’s a french bread pizza. We would find the cheap french bread or Italian in the “Just Baked” bins for $1. Come to think of it I haven’t seen those in a while. Anyway, take a cheap but delicious loaf of bread, a can of sauce, mozzarella or Italian blend, and your toppings and you are almost ready. I also melt butter and add pressed garlic to it to make a “crust” on the loaf.

Take a loaf and cut it in half lengthwise. I melt butter and add garlic. This gets brushed on the inside of the cut halves. Place the butter side down on a baking sheet for an even crust. Place face down in a 400° oven until nice and evenly browned.

Then it’s simple to prep. Just spoon sauce over each half, top with mozzarella and or an Italian blend, then any additional toppings like our pepperoni or ham and pineapple versions. I love additional basil so I add it or an Italian blend to the cheese before I add toppings.

Put it back into the oven until it is bubbly and melted. How easy is that? A bumped up snack that turns into a meal anytime.

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