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Pizza Bread

Pizza Bread requires minimal effort and is a kid favorite! Make some today and put a batch in the freezer for a future meal.

Yield: 6 meal-sized servings; 12 appetizer servings 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 25 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 (10-ounce) baguettes
  • 2 cups of homemade or store-bought pizza sauce (or you can use a thick marinara sauce like Newman’s Own Marinara Sauce)
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (or more if you’d like)
  • Your favorite pizza toppings (I used 4 ounces of Applegate uncured turkey pepperoni and some sliced mini bell peppers.)
  • 1/21 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning or dried oregano, to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon)
  • Garlic powder, to taste (start with 1/2 teaspoon)

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Instructions

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  1. Preheat the oven to 375° F.
  2. Slice the baguettes lengthwise. To do this, place your hand firmly on the top of the baguette. Use a sharp, serrated bread knife to saw back and forth from one end of the loaf to the other, so you end up with two even halves. (You may want to cut these in halves or thirds, if each person is individualizing their portion.) Place them on a lined sheet pan with the inside facing up. 
  3. Spread marinara/pizza sauce evenly over the baguette pieces.
  4. Top evenly with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  5. Next add your desired toppings, such as uncured pepperonis, thinly sliced or finely diced bell peppers, spinach, or cooked and crumbled bacon.
  6. End with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese (1/4-1/2 cup per half), a sprinkling of Italian seasoning, and a sprinkling of garlic powder over the top of each one. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden on top.
  8. Slice into individual portions and serve hot.

Freeze For Later: Assemble the pizza breads through Step 6, but do not bake. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap or foil. Place in freezer bag and seal. Freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, unwrap, and bake as directed. Or unwrap and bake directly from frozen, until cheese is melted and it’s warmed through. It will take 10+ extra cooking minutes if the pizza bread is still frozen.

© Author: Polly Conner
Cuisine: American Method: Baking