• How to make French Bread Pizzas - a 15 minute dinner!

French Bread Pizzas

One of the guilty pleasures from my childhood is French Bread Pizzas. Processed junk but tasty with it (so shameful). However, there is no need to reach into the deep freeze and sully your “foodie” name to enjoy them. If you think ordering a pizza is the fastest way to get one at home, then I hope this recipe persuades you there’s no reason to not make your own!

It takes about 10 minutes to put them together and less than that under the grill to cook. Sure, handmade, slow-risen pizza dough is utterly delicious and hardly difficult but it requires a bit of forward planning to wedge it into your busy day. Plus these little beauties are super frugal and can make use of yesterday’s baguettes plus whatever toppings you have left in the fridge to use up. It’s always satisfying to clear up tupperware pots of odds and sods in the fridge.

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The first time I made these, Hungry Hubby turned his nose up at them and had a sausage baguette instead. Boy was he sorry when he saw the pizzas! He sat next to me with puppy dog eyes looking longingly at all those colourful, tasty toppings on my pizza as he ate his beige dinner. Of course I shared and he loved them too.

I think they would be brilliant party food as you could make as many as you could fit on one oven tray at a time and slice them into fingers to make for easy nibbling. These delicious, easy and frugal French Bread Pizzas will be especially good if you’re reading this as I post it, half way through January when pay day seems a lifetime away ;)

French Bread Pizzas
The fastest way to get tasty pizza on your table. A fun dinner or sliced up, great as party food. A super easy recipe to scale up as needed to feed lots of people at once.
Servings: 2
: 597 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 1 baguette a bit stale is just fine
For the tomato sauce
  • 1 400 g can whole plum tomatoes*
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
For the toppings
  • 6 slices of salami
  • 1 baby pepper capsicum or bell, thinly sliced
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 4 cherry tomatoes halved if large
  • 3 tbsp grated mozzarella
  • A generous grating of parmesan
  1. Preheat the grill to high and set the oven shelf with about 3-4 inches spare (too close and the pizzas will burn).
  2. Slice your baguette lengthwise and if necessary, cut a bit off the bottom so they lay flat on your baking tray. Pop under the grill if they are very fresh for barely 2 minutes to crispen them up a little, not colour them - this means the tomato sauce wont make them soggy.
  3. Now I get lazy here and use clean kitchen scissors to chop up the tomatoes which I drain in a fine meshed sieve. Sprinkle on the oregano, add the garlic and season then mix lightly and share between the two lightly toasted (or slightly stale) baguettes.
  4. Follow with your toppings - mine are suggestions more than anything so feel free to add or subtract whatever you like. Just remember the pizzas will cook super fast so you don't want thickly sliced veg which won't cook quick enough or any raw meat products. Leftover roast chicken, slices of roast beef, canned tuna - all good ideas!
  5. Finish by sharing the mozzarella between the two pizzas and then grate over a good coating of parmesan.
  6. Pop under the grill for approximately 5 -7 minutes until the cheese is blistered and bubbling.
  7. Serve with a nice big side salad.
Recipe Notes

* = you really do want to use whole canned tomatoes as the ready chopped ones are too watery for this fresh sauce.
Of course, the toppings are infinitely customisable to your preferences or simply to what you have left in your fridge!

Nutrition Facts
French Bread Pizzas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 597 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 38mg 13%
Sodium 1786mg 74%
Potassium 963mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 81g 27%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 11g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 26.1%
Vitamin C 56.7%
Calcium 29.4%
Iron 40.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Maureen Irvine 19/01/2016 at 12:01 - Reply

    Wonderful recipe Jo! I always look at baguettes and demi baguettes and wonder what to do with them to make them interesting, now I know.

    • Just Jo 19/01/2016 at 12:40 - Reply

      Glad to be of service Maureen! Go forth and be creative with those baguettes ;)

  2. Claudia | Gourmet Project 17/04/2016 at 10:49 - Reply

    this is a great idea. french bread pizzas are officially entering in my tbd list for the week!

    • Just Jo 17/04/2016 at 15:48 - Reply

      Enjoy them Claudia – they are a very satisfying make and eat :D

  3. Molly Kumar 17/04/2016 at 15:24 - Reply

    Oh My, these look so delicious and love the fact they are so quick to make. I loooooove pizza, so this is going in my todo list :)

    • Just Jo 17/04/2016 at 15:48 - Reply

      Next time, I’m making them on my Subway Rolls Molly – I quite fancy seeing how they are with a soft roll :D

  4. Droooool. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

  5. Kathi @ Laughing Spatula 17/04/2016 at 16:18 - Reply

    Love this idea! Would be great for friday pizza night around here!

    • Just Jo 18/04/2016 at 09:23 - Reply

      They are perfect for Friday night dinners!

  6. Matthew from Nomageddon 17/04/2016 at 16:20 - Reply

    I love French bread pizza! Plus with added peppers, mm!

  7. Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com 18/04/2016 at 10:00 - Reply

    My dad loved these on a Saturday afternoon after they watched the rugby :)

    • Just Jo 18/04/2016 at 10:04 - Reply

      Aw cute! They are handy finger food for sure :)

  8. Sarah 18/04/2016 at 11:32 - Reply

    I LOVE French bread pizzas and think it’s a fabulous idea to out yours on a baguette! Yum!!

  9. We love making pizzas like this, they are so quick and easy. kids love them too!

  10. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy 18/04/2016 at 14:07 - Reply

    This looks so good. We are bread lovers in this house…and this looks like the perfect open faced sandwich…thanks!!

  11. Oooh, I love French bread pizzas! These look delicious!

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