Monday, October 8, 2012

Individual Deep Dish French Bread Pizzas

My family loves pizza, but occasionally I like to change things up and serve it in a different way. I was inspired by this recipe I found on Pinetar Press to make individual French bread pizzas. I changed up the recipe to suit our tastes, as I usually do with most recipes. The results were fantastic and left my family wanting more.

Here's what you need:

4 French bread rolls
1/2 lb bulk sausage
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
20 slices pepperoni, quartered
1/2-3/4 cup pizza sauce
1 cup (or more, depending on how cheesy you want this)shredded mozzarella cheese

Cut all around the edges of the French rolls without going all the way through. Scoop out the bread, leaving a 1/4 inch shell all the way around. Use the scooped out bread for another use, like making bread crumbs or croutons. Set the hollowed out rolls aside.
Brown the sausage in a skillet and drain. Add the mushrooms, pepperoni and pizza sauce. Cook until the mushrooms are softened. If you don't like mushrooms, substitute with another pizza topping like green peppers or onion.

Divide the sausage mixture among the rolls.
Sprinkle with the shredded cheese.
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes until the rolls are a little crisp and the cheese is melted.
The easiest way to eat these is to cut them in half.
If you want to freeze these pizzas for later, it's very simple. Wrap each unbaked pizza in foil or plastic wrap. Place inside a Ziploc bag and freeze. To reheat, allow to thaw on the counter for 30 minutes or so. Pop into a 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted and the pizza is heated through. It took my oven about 15 minutes.

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