Saturday, May 21, 2011

french revolution

I know I have given you several pizza recipes in the past, but this one has been truly revolutionary in our house. After the first night we had these french bread pizzas, the carnivore told me we could have it any night of the week...and I felt the same way. That second bit is the revolutionary part. While my hubs (who has the palate of a five year old) could eat pizza in any form any night of the week, I would rather have it about once a month. But these savory slices were so amazing we had it three nights in a row! It doesn't hurt they are easy to make too.

To make four vegetarian slices and four carnivore ones you will need the following:

One large french bread loaf (we used whole wheat)
1 small jar of pizza sauce ( I found a great organic one at Whole Foods)
1 small tomato, diced
1/2 white onion, diced
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 package of pepperoni
2 cups of mozzarella
a bit of fresh basil, chopped
a bit of olive oil for drizzling

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Slice bread lengthwise and then in fourths, making eight mini pizza bases. Place on baking sheet. Stabilize with aluminum foil if needed. Drizzle bread with olive oil. Coat each slice with pizza sauce, about 1-2 tblsp each. Add a generous amount of shredded mozzarella to each piece. On the carnivore pizzas layer on pepperoni. On the vegetarian ones, add diced tomato, onion, and green pepper. Top all four pieces with a bit more cheese. Bake for about twenty minutes, until cheese is golden and bubbly. Top the veggie ones with the fresh basil before serving.

I have to tell you, these baked beauties were crunchy cheesy perfection. And you can switch out the toppings to pretty much anything that floats your boat - ground sausage, mushrooms, canadian bacon, spinach, you name it. Very easy for a varied diet family. Now that's revolutionary!

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