Thursday, July 1, 2010

4 Cheese French Bread Pizza

I absolutely adore French bread pizzas. So simple, so tasty - I got hooked on those shortly after meeting my hubby, they've been a favorite of ours for years. I will hang my head and admit, I first tried the frozen ones. Now, I'm not a big fan of prepared frozen foods in general, and it wasn't long before I figured out a way to make this one in particular.

During Lent, this meatless basic turns up on the menu fairly often, but even in the summer, when I am crazing some pizza goodness, without a heavy, hearty meal, this twist on the classic pizza is a perfect go-to recipe. Served with a side salad and some marinara dipping sauce, this is a ideal summer meal.

1 loaf French Bread ($.99)
2 T. olive oil ($.15)
1-2 T. finely minced garlic ($.10)
1 T. basil ($.10)
1 C. parmesan ($.60)
2 C. mozzarella cheese, shredded ($1.75)
8 slices provolone cheese ($.50)
3/4 C. Munster, shredded ($.75)
1 T. parsley ($.05)

Heat oven to 400.

Cut French bread in half lengthwise, then width-wise.

Combine garlic, olive oil, and basil. Place french bread on a baking sheet, crust side down. Brush top evenly with seasoned olive oil. Top each portion with 2 slices of provolone, then evenly distribute shredded cheeses. Top with parmesan and parsley.

Bake for 6-9 minutes, or until cheese in melted and lightly golden. Cut into slices and serve with marinara for dipping.

Yields = 4 dinner sized portions or 12 appetizers
Cost: $4.99
Cost: $1.25 (per dinner)
Cost: $.41 (per appetizer)

For variations:

Top with:
Roasted bell pepper strips
Carmelized onion
Grilled chicken breast strips
Thin sliced mushrooms
Crumbled bacon
Black olives
Roasted garlic chips
Sundried tomatoes
Or any of your favorite pizza toppings!

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