It is a prevailing mystery of our time that both toast and pizza are incredibly popular and yet people are not eating French bread pizza ALL THE TIME.
French bread pizza is the ultimate i'm trying to go one more day without a grocery trip meal. Got bread and marinara and cheese? You can make yourself some pizza. And when done right, it is so good!
I should say that my love for French bread pizza began with the frozen variety, which has never done me wrong. Always satisfying in a pinch. But they're better homemade.
HOW TO MAKE FRENCH BREAD PIZZA THAT ISN'T SOGGY
The main reason I like French bread pizza better homemade: the soggy issue. The key to avoiding soggy bread in a French bread pizza is to toast the bread before adding any pizza ingredients, which obviously is not possible with the straight-from-the-box variety.
The baguette here is sliced down the middle and brushed lightly with seasoned olive oil and then baked for 10 minutes to crisp up before adding sauce and cheese. It makes all the difference!
PIZZA TOPPING IDEAS
This recipe is for regular cheese pizza, but you can of course add whatever toppings you like. Set out a variety for the easiest make-your-own pizza night of all time!
Pineapple (controversial, I know)
Also, highly, highly recommend with this pizza sprinkle that is so good on all pizza!
French Bread Pizza
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 (12 ounce) baguette
- 1 cup marinara sauce
- 1 1/2 cups shredded Italian cheese
- Optional: additional toppings
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine the olive oil, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl.Slice the baguette down the middle and place cut side-up on a baking sheet lined with foil. Brush all over with the olive oil mixture and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread with the marinara and sprinkle with cheese and any other toppings you're using. Return to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes. Turn the broiler on and cook 1-2 minutes more, until cheese is brown and bubbling. Serve hot.