Italian Bread Pizza – Friday Night Bites

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Today’s Friday Night Bites recipe is a new family favorite for Elizabeth and company, and a delicious way to use up the week’s leftovers!  Hope you enjoy.

When I was a kid, I loved when my mom surprised us with French bread pizza. It seemed like such a treat – it was all crunchy and gooey and steamy (I always burned the roof of my mouth on the cheese and sauce because I couldn’t wait to eat it straight out of the oven.)

Last Friday I was looking for something quick to whip up for a “snacky dinner” – we had been enjoying the late day sun at the pool and everyone was hungry. I had some Italian rolls, Italian bread, and fresh tomato sauce in the freezer and I always stock mozzarella and pepperoni in the fridge – plus, we had some buffalo popcorn chicken from take-out the night before. (Make sure to always check your fridge for fun “leftover” toppings.) In less than 15 minutes we had a fun meal and everyone raved over it – go figure.

-Elizabeth

Italian Bread Pizza
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 large loaf Italian braided bread, slice lengthwise in half (you can also use 6 Italian hero rolls)
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • ½ lb. fresh thinly sliced mozzarella
  • pepperoni or other toppings(optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place each half of the bread face side up on baking sheet.
  3. Spread each half with tomato sauce (I like to be a little generous with the sauce.) Spoon by tablespoon onto bread and gently spread leaving a ½” perimeter around bread.
  4. Cover with thinly sliced mozzarella.
  5. Top with pepperoni or other toppings.
  6. Bake for 5-7 minutes until bread is warmed through and cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a minute and then slice and serve. (If you use rolls, no slicing necessary.)

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Enjoy and cheers to the weekend! Friday Night Bites is a weekly food series from the Partybluprints Blog.

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