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How to Make a Significantly Better and Still-Simple French Bread Pizza

How to Make a Significantly Better and Still-Simple French Bread Pizza

One of the quickest and easiest methods to get homemade pizza on the table is to make it using French bread as the crust. For adults, it evokes feelings of nostalgia, while for children, it inspires joy, and this (frugal!) handmade version is superior in every way than the one available in the freezer section. It’s loaded with additional cheese, can get a bit messy, and can be put up with only a few simple ingredients; in other words, it’s the ultimate in comfort food. More pizza made with French bread ought to be consumed by all of us.

The Best Ingredients for French Bread Pizza

The brief ingredient list of a French bread pizza is one of the dish’s many appealing characteristics. To begin, you will need a loaf of soft French or Italian bread (further information on this will be provided in the following paragraphs). It is not necessary for it to be spectacular; anything that can be found in the bakery area of your neighborhood grocery store should work just fine. You only need some garlic, a jar of pizza sauce, some shredded mozzarella, some Parmesan, and some fresh basil, and you’ll be all set. If pepperoni is your thing, or if you have another topping that you really enjoy, get it as well. Simply preheat the oven, and you will be ready to go.

3 Secrets for Perfect French Bread Pizza

It’s not difficult to make French bread pizza; you don’t even need much of a recipe. However, if you want to prepare the greatest possible French bread pizza, there are a few tips and secrets that you need to be aware of.

  1. The key is bread that is soft. If you don’t want your teeth to get scratched up with every mouthful, now is not the time to pull out that crusty bread that seems so good. You are looking for a loaf that has a French or Italian flavor and is soft and mushy in texture. It also does not need to be really fresh, so feel free to pick up a loaf that is a day old and is now on sale.
  2. Turn the bread over and apply some pressure. I picked up this helpful hint from Serious Eats: If you press down on the sliced bread, it will become smooth and flat, making it simple to put toppings on. It also makes it simpler to chew and swallow.
  3. Before adding the toppings, the bread should be toasted and seasoned. It is desirable for the bread to soak up part of the sauce; but, if it does so to an excessive degree, it will get soggy. Toasting the bread before spreading toppings on it will prevent this from happening. Then, for an additional dimension of taste, spread a clove of garlic all over the bread that has been toasted.


  • 1 soft loaf of French or Italian bread, measuring 12 ounces
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce, either handmade or bought from the store
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of additional toppings, such as sautéed onions and mushrooms, diced peppers, pepperoni, cooked sausage, chopped bacon, pepperoncini, diced vegetables from the previous night’s meal, or any other toppings you enjoy (optional).
  • grated Parmesan cheese equaling one-fourth cup
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil leaves that have been roughly chopped or torn


  • Knife with serrations
  • Board for cutting on
  • a baking sheet with a rim
  • Prepared food machine
  • A very large bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place a rack in the uppermost third of the oven and preheat it to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut the bread into thin slices and crush it. Using a knife with a serrated edge, cut the loaf of bread in half lengthwise, and then cut each of those halves in half widthwise to get four pieces. Put the bread, cut side down, on a baking sheet with a rim, and use your hands to push down on it in a firm but even manner until it is crushed to roughly half its original size.
  3. Toast the bread, and then season it. Turn the bread over so that the sliced side is facing up. Bake for approximately 5 minutes, or until a little toasting occurs. Take out of the oven and use the sliced side of the bread to massage the garlic clove all over the surface of the bread.
  4. Put topping on the bread. Spread the pizza sauce on the bread in a uniform layer. Mozzarella cheese should be sprinkled over top, and extra toppings should be piled on if they are being used.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes. About ten minutes into the baking process, the pizzas should have melted cheese and bubbling sauce.
  6. Add some Parmesan cheese and basil as a finishing touch. Garnish with some grated Parmesan and chopped basil. Each pizza should be cut in half and served as soon as possible.


Storage: Any leftovers can be kept in the refrigerator for up to three days if they are sealed in an airtight container and placed in the fridge.

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