Project Veggie: Day 24 – French Bread Pesto Pizza

Whoever said there is no such thing as bad pizza or bad sex was clearly an idiot. I’ve had horrible pizza. As for the sex…well, this isn’t that kind of blog.

I think most delivery pizza is pretty gross. Mostly because I prefer mine right out of the oven, with a decent crust, gooey, melty, crunchy, and so hot it burns the roof of your mouth if you eat it too fast. By the time you get a pizza delivered to your door, it may be okay, but it’s not going to be hot and crunchy. It will more likely be a little soggy, and lot greasy and while adequate and even tasty, not anything like what you would get at your neighborhood pizza parlor made to order. And not as good as you could make at home.

I occasionally make or buy dough for pizza crust, but my favorite (and fastest) way to make pizza at home is to use french bread. I like the crunchy baguettes, split in half and then chopped into hand held portions. Simple, fresh ingredients are my favorite toppings. You can buy decent canned sauce at the store, but more often I just use fresh pesto or chopped tomatoes, or both. These are fun for kids or company since you can easily do a “build your own” pizza bar. Set out a variety of toppings, let everybody make their masterpiece, put them all on a cookie sheet and bake.

French Bread Pesto Pizza

French Bread Pesto Pizza

French or sourdough baguette
Mozzarella – shredded or cut into small chunks
Grape tomatoes, chopped
Black olives, chopped
Banana peppers

Spread pesto on the french bread, top with tomatoes, cheese and other toppings. Bake at 400˚ for 10 minutes or so.

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