Gallery: The Pizza Lab: The Best French Bread Pizza

Excellent French Bread Pizza
  • Cheese and Toast

    cheese melted on toast

    A thin, thin layer of cheese toasted into the bread will offer further protection against sauce-seepage.

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    Getting Saucy

    tomato sauce on cheese toast

    Add a layer of sauce (which you've made by cooking canned pureed tomatoes in the same garlic butter that you spread on the bread).

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    Ready to Bake

    Miniature French bread pizzas before being baked

    Spread more cheese on top of the sauce, then get it ready for the oven.

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    The Final Touches

    Grated parm, chopped fresh parsley and basil, and extra-virgin olive oil

    Grated parm, chopped fresh parsley and basil, and some good extra-virgin olive oil all get added after the pizza comes out of the oven, to protect their freshness.

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    Ready to Serve

    French bread pizza

    The best French bread pizza you'll have, ready to serve.

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    Cheesy Goo

    French bread pizza

    Yum?

    Yum.

    YUM!

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    Excellent French Bread Pizza

    Excellent French Bread Pizza

    French bread pizza can be as good or bad as you want it to be. I think most of you would opt for good.

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    Olive oil and butter

    olive oil and butter

    Start with a mix of olive oil and butter to form the base of your garlic sauce.

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    Aromatics

    garlic, dried oregano, chili flakes, and chopped fresh parsley and basil with butter and olive oil

    I add mixture of garlic, dried oregano, chili flakes, and chopped fresh parsley and basil, along with a big pinch of salt.

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    Compress!

    Pressing down French bread

    Press down on the sliced bread in order to get it to lie flat as it bakes Otherwise it curls up around the edges.

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    Spread it!

    French bread with butter mixture

    Spread half of the garlic mixture over the cut bread to infuse it with a layer of flavor and to prevent excessive absorption of sauce.

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