I have an obsession with these whole grain baguettes. I find myself buying a few of them every week; they are about the size of my forearm and just so perfectly fresh and delicious. Even when Mr. How Sweet peeked into the fridge this week and saw 3 baguettes, he looked at me excitedly and said,”Yes! You make the best things with that bread.”

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But the truth is, I haven’t been making anything “cool” with this bread for the last few weeks. I have been making these homemade french bread pizzas over and over again, because they are so delicious and the flavor possibilities are endless. And to Mr. How Sweet, having french bread pizza a few nights a week is really cool.
And let’s be honest… creamy cheese melted until it bubbles and browns on crusty, fluffy bread is always cool. Even if there are some ugly veggies underneath.

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Not to mention that these can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. I think that I could make Mr. How Sweet a different one every night of the week and he’d be a happy camper. He’d even be thrilled with the same one, night after night.
Growing up, my mom would make us Stouffer’s french bread pizzas in a pinch. They were quick and easy, and I’m sure she still hoards some stocks a few in her freezer. But these are so much better – instead of the bread being dry and crumbly, it’s fresh and toasted to perfection so you get a crunch on the outside and a soft, fresh bite on the inside. It is an enticing change from regular old pizza. Plus, you have control over which toppings to add, and you can even add lots of vegetables. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Homemade French Bread Pizza

1 large or 2 small whole grain french bread loaves

cheese of your choice

toppings of you choice; may I suggest:

For Mr. How Sweet’s meat lovers pizza, I used pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, asiago cheese, parmesan cheese, pepperoni and sausage crumbles.

For my pizza, I brushed the baguette with olive oil, loaded it with garlic, then added mozzarella, asiago and parmesan cheeses, and finally topped with tomato slices.

Method: Preheat oven to 350. Slice baguettes in half, lay on baking sheet, and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes so bread can get crispy. Remove bread, add toppings, and place back in the oven for 10 minutes. Broil for 1 minute to get cheese brown and bubbly.
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Don’t you just want a cheesy bite?

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112 Responses to “Homemade French Bread Pizzas.”

  1. #
    Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather — November 11, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    It’s been so long since I’ve made french bread pizza. Thanks for the reminder :) I love how versatile the pizzas can be depending on what you top it with.


  2. #
    victoria — November 11, 2010 @ 10:55 am

    mmm those look SO good…do you cook the sausage crumbles before putting them on the pizza?


  3. #
    Sarah — November 11, 2010 @ 11:07 am

    What an easy dinner, idea – I think even my 2 yr old would love these! Thanks!


  4. #
    Kat — November 11, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    Yum! That looks delicious. I do something similar like this but I use pita bread.


  5. #
    Kacy — November 11, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    Yes, yes I DO want a bite. I don’t know why I’ve never thought of that before.


  6. #
    Katie — November 11, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    French bread pizzas were a favorite go-to meal of mine in college – it doesn’t really get much easier and much more delicious. Thanks for reminding me!


  7. #
    Kerry — November 11, 2010 @ 11:58 am

    Love this idea! I have to try it. Thanks!


  8. #
    Jessica@tastyandtrim — November 11, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

    I was obsessed with Red Baron french bread pizzas growing up. This recipe looks even better! I definitely need to whip some up and drift down memory lane :)


  9. #
    Blond Duck — November 11, 2010 @ 12:27 pm

    I’ve been craving this for ages!


  10. #
    Leah @ Why Deprive? — November 11, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    My mom used to make us little pizzas like this all the time. Of course, I dont think she ever used french bread. It was always some kind of cheap alternative. Sill good though! :)


  11. #
    Lauren — November 11, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

    Seriously… why have I never made homemade french bread pizza before?! Thanks for the inspiration :).


  12. #
    Yum Yucky — November 11, 2010 @ 1:29 pm

    hell yeah! This is going on my weekend menu. Pizza is the essence of life anyways.


  13. #
    Liana @ femme fraiche — November 11, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

    Honestly I think the simplicity of bread pizza is what makes it so good…and really how could you ever get bored? The goat cheese and veggie sounds good. I love pizza with bosc pear, gorgonzola cheese and toasted walnuts….


    • Jessica — November 11th, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

      Drool. I love fruit and gorgonzola.


  14. #
    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — November 11, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    omg those pizza bites look tooooo cute!

    and the info about a rice cooker and you telling me your experience…thank you :)


  15. #
    Megan (Braise The Roof) — November 11, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

    Yes, yes I do want a cheesy bite! Where were you when I was packing my lunch? :)


  16. #
    kirsty — November 11, 2010 @ 2:58 pm

    i used to make this all the time – i miss it! xxxx


  17. #
    Kristy — November 11, 2010 @ 3:47 pm

    Too easy!! They look de-lish!!


  18. #
    Mackenzie@The Caramel Cookie — November 11, 2010 @ 4:10 pm

    This looks so good. And easy. I’m in!


  19. #
    Lauren — November 11, 2010 @ 4:24 pm

    I haven’t made french bread pizza in so long. Must put this on the menu soon!


  20. #
    Laury @thefitnessdish — November 11, 2010 @ 4:25 pm

    O M G! Your french bread looks amazing! My husband would be drolling and sending me to the store if he saw those pictures..his 2 favorite things in the world: Bread and cheese, lol.


  21. #
    software — November 13, 2010 @ 11:06 am

    i like pizza! bread pizza delious????


  22. #
    Amanda — November 13, 2010 @ 1:07 pm

    Jessica… that looks so amazing! And what awesome recipes for the bread… you rock!


  23. #
    Theresa — November 14, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

    I am always surprised when people discover French bread pizzas. I grew up with “pizza” on whatever we had in the house: bagels, tortilla chips, toast, French bread, what-have-you.

    Now that I’m pretending to be a grown-up, French bread pizza’s a staple in our house! I highly recommend spinach and feta, and throwing an egg on top (it’ll cook through by the time the bread is hot and the cheese is melted).

    They also make great snacks when surprise guests stop in. :)


  24. #
    Jenna — November 14, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    it’s only 9:30 on Sunday morning, but I could easily chow down on one of those delicious french bread pizzas…right now! Looks wonderful!


  25. #
    Salah@myhealthiestlife — November 15, 2010 @ 3:32 am

    yummmm, Looks amazing


  26. #
    Carrie M — November 16, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    Oh how we loved Stouffer’s french bread pizzas growing up. Yum. I made your version last night and my husband and kids LOVED them. Thanks!!


    • Jessica — November 16th, 2010 @ 3:08 pm

      Glad you liked them!


  27. #
    Rocquie — November 18, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the great idea! I have been busy with cleaning projects and general preparations for a big Thanksgiving, so looking for easy supper ideas. These will be perfect and will make my husband very happy.


  28. #
    Kori — December 28, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    Yum, what a fun twist on pizza! Thanks for sharing!


  29. #
    Kristi @ Veggie Converter — January 13, 2011 @ 12:59 am

    Recipe converted! Hi, just wanted to thank you for your post and let you know
    I veggie-converted this recipe

    I made the buffalo chicken version. It was so incredibly delicious! I want more, like tomorrow.
    Thanks for all you do!

    Kristi @
    Veggie Converter


  30. #
    wypadek drogowy — December 30, 2011 @ 2:02 am

    Das war wie ein hilfreicher Artikel! Ich bin gerade erst mit meinem Blog und ich hoffe, es wird so gut wie Ihre. Grüße!


  31. #
    AMy — January 4, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    This looks fabulous!! My kids are so picky about lunches, they refuse to eat sandwiches, I can’t wait to try this recipe!! 1 quuestion, is there a way to get this onto my ziplist, so I have the recipe on hand?



  32. #
    shinodka — January 10, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

    zapiekanka :)


  33. #
    Courtney — September 28, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    I made this last night with your Easy Buffalo Chicken recipe, and it was a hit. For the second time actually. My boyfriend does not like to try new foods. He’s a meat and potato kind of guy. So the fact that he like pizza….and chicken…and buffalo sauce….and buffalo chicken (and buffalo chicken pizza, for that matter) does not prevent him from making that panicky face about trying buffalo chicken french bread pizza (very similar to his reaction the first time someone ordered buffalo chicken pizza in front of him). He’s also a man of few words when it comes to food. I’ll ask him how something is, and he replies, “Good!” and continues eating. Meanwhile I’m analyzing my use of cheese, and going on about what I didn’t do correctly/would do differently next time. So the first time I made these, that was how it went. However, when I announced yesterday that I was making them again, he responded, “Cool! I liked those last time.” I was rather taken aback by his enthusiasm. While we were eating, he said, unprompted, “This is good!” (he then spaced out as I analyzed what I did right this time as opposed to last time). And as he was finishing up, he said, unprompted, “Seriously, this was really good. I’m impressed!” I think that was the most glowing review I’ve ever heard him give food. Thanks for the recipe!


  34. #
    maverickguy — May 10, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    My mom made pizzas with english muffins for parties when I was a kid. But they were alwasy soggy. I think prebaking the bread is the secret here and then adding sauce and toppings. I love any kind of pizza and this looks so easy yet delicious. You can be healthy or sinful depending on the mood of the day. Also the picture of the french bread pizza cut into bites suggests this would be a great party appetizer. Thanks for your tips. I am adding your website on my “favorites”.



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