Tuesday, September 3, 2013

French Bread Pizzas

French Bread Pizza
When I was a kid, I loved frozen pizza.  Ellio's was my favorite, I haven't had it since I moved to Texas.  Totino's filled in for Ellio's when I moved here.  And when I wanted a fancier frozen pizza, Stouffers French Bread Pizza (help yourself!) was the winner.  The only issue I had with it is that it took something crazy like 45 minutes to make.  These homemade versions take less time and taste a million times better.  You can get as creative as you like with the toppings, we went with pepperoni and hatch chile combinations.  Of course you have to quarter the pepperonis, just like good old Stouffers does.
French Bread Pizzas

1 cup crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon oregano, plus more for sprinkling on top
1 loaf French bread
1 clove garlic, peeled and sliced in two
2 cups shredded mozzarella
toppings of your choice

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Add the tomatoes, one tablespoon oil and oregano to a small saucepan. Heat over medium high heat to a boil, reduce to low and simmer for 15 minutes.

Slice the bread in half lengthwise, then in half again to create four pieces. Brush the bread with the remaining oil and rub the garlic clove over each. Spread ¼ cup of the tomato sauce over each, then top with ½ cup of cheese. Top with your preferred toppings and a sprinkle of oregano. Bake on a baking sheet for 10 to 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and just starting to brown. Allow to cool 5 minutes before serving.
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