French Bread Pizza Recipe

Pepperoni French Bread Pizza – shared by april1013

1 (24 by 4-inch) loaf soft French bread (A loaf of supermarket French bread, which has a soft, thin crust and fine crumb, works best.)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 tablespoons butter, softened or melted
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
12 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (3 cups)
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (½ cup)
2 ounces pepperoni

1 ½ cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons Italian seasoning
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon table salt
½ teaspoon pepper

Or you can use a jar of pizza/marinara sauce.


FOR THE PIZZA: Adjust oven rack to upper-middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Cut bread in half crosswise, then halve each piece horizontally to create 4 equal pieces. Arrange pieces cut side down on prepared sheet. Brush crust with oil.

Combine melted butter, granulated garlic, salt, and pepper flakes in bowl. Flip bread cut side up and brush cut side evenly with melted butter mixture. Bake, cut side up, until browned around edges, about 5 minutes.

FOR THE SAUCE: Meanwhile, combine all ingredients in bowl. (Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)

Spread sauce evenly over toasted bread, then top with mozzarella, followed by Parmesan and pepperoni (in that order). Bake until cheese is melted and spotty brown, about 15 minutes. Let pizza cool for 5 minutes. Serve.

I did find I had to cook longer than it said. Extra 5 or 10 minutes for both. Might just be my oven.

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