Personally, I can’t live without pizza and bread. Individually, they both taste divine. Together – they’re a match made in heaven! One piece of pizza bread can make you even fuller than a mere pizza slice. I’m so excited to compile four of the most mouthwatering yet easy ways to combine pizza and bread. I can’t wait to try all of these recipes for myself:
French Bread Pizza
What I love about this recipe is that it is too easy to make and, at the same time, tastes exactly like pizza. For just less than 30 minutes, French bread pizza is the right craving buster for lazy weekends and busy weekdays. Here’s the recipe from The PennyWiseMama:
Preparation: 10 minutes/Cooking: 15 minutes/Total: 25 minutes
- 1 loaf of French bread
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2-3/4 jar of marinara sauce
- 16 oz. shredded mozzarella or pizza cheese
- 1 pack of sliced pepperoni
- Vegetables of your choice (e.g.: jalapenos, black olives, mushrooms, green peppers, red onions)
- Italian seasoning
- At 425°, preheat the oven.
- Lengthwise, slice French bread in half. Place the two slices on a baking sheet with the inside part facing up.
- Mix butter and garlic in a bowl. Coat the two slices of bread with the mixture using a brush. In 5 minutes, bake both slices.
- Cut your chosen vegetables while waiting for the 5-minute bake.
- Get the two slices of bread from the oven. Top them with marinara, cheese, sliced pepperoni, vegetables and Italian seasoning. Bake for another 10 to 12 minutes.
- Remove bread from oven and top with marinara sauce, cheese, pepperonis and veggies to your liking. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
- Remove from oven. Let the pizza bread cool for at least 1 minute. Slice the bread into smaller parts.
Pizza Bread Loaf
What I noticed with common pizza bread recipes is that the pizza part can only be found in one big section while the smaller one still tastes like bread. But, this recipe is unique because the essence of pizza is all over the bread. Check out this recipe from Inspired by Charm:
- 2 tsp. yeast
- 1 1/2 cups of warm water
- 3 1/3 cups of all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tbsp. sugar
- 2 1/2 cups of toppings, cut into fine brunoise, 1/16” dices (e.g.: roasted garlic, green pepper, red pepper, black olives, green onions, sun-dried tomatoes, pepperoni)
- 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 jar of marinara sauce dip
- In a bowl of warm water, sprinkle yeast. Set aside for 3 minutes. Add sugar, salt and flour. Combine together with a spoon.
- Add parmesan and toppings to the dough. Combine all elements together. Sprinkle more flour to avoid a very tacky dough. Set aside the dough in room temperature to rise for 1 hour. Then, place inside the refrigerator for another hour.
- After refrigerating, sprinkle flour over the surface. Roll the dough on the surface until it forms a rectangle measuring 11 by 17 inches. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese all over it. Fold lengthwise like an envelope. Seal sides to conceal the cheese. Let dough rest for a bit while preheating oven to 450°F.
- Bake the pizza bread on a baking sheet or pizza stone for 30 to 35 minutes. Wait until golden brown. Halfway through baking, put an aluminum foil on top of the bread to avoid darkening. Three minutes before removing the bread from the oven, brush olive oil on top. Before slicing, set the hot bread aside on a wire rack for a cooldown.
Pizza Bread Bowl
One type of pizza I love to indulge in from time to time is an ultra-thick one filled with cheese and meat. Good thing it is also possible with bread. Let’s take a look at this recipe from Tasty on Buzzfeed:
1 bread boule
1 cup of marinara sauce
8 oz. mozzarella cheese
6 oz. pepperoni
1/2 sliced onion
1/2 cup of basil
1 cup of cooked sausage
1 sliced green bell pepper
1 cup of shredded white cheddar cheese
- At 350°F, preheat the oven. Slice off the bread boule’s top. Scrape off the bread inside. Spread half a cup of marinara inside. Add in layers half of the mozzarella, 5 oz. of pepperoni, basil, onions, sausage, peppers, another half of the marinara, another half of the mozzarella, and half of the white cheddar. Put back the top of the boule as a cover.
- Wrap foil around the bread bowl. Press it for 30 minutes with a heavy object. Remove the foil. Sprinkle pepperoni and cheddar on top. Bake for 30 minutes. Wait for cheese to turn golden brown.
- After baking, cool the bread bowl for 10 minutes. Slice it like a pizza and serve.
Pepperoni Pizza Bread
For me, pizza is incomplete without pepperoni. I think it dominantly contributes to the staple pizza flavor we know. This bread recipe is mainly composed of pepperoni and cheese but tastes exactly like pizza already. Here’s the recipe from Pillsbury.com:
Preparation: 5 minutes/Total: 30 minutes
1 can or 8 oz. of refrigerated Pillsbury crescent dough sheet
1 cup or 4 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese
40 slices of pepperoni
1 tbsp. of grated parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
- At 350°F, preheat the oven. Place baking mat or cooking parchment paper on the cookie sheet. Spread out the crescent dough sheet all over the cookie sheet evenly with your hands. Sprinkle mozzarella over the dough while leaving out borders about 1/2 inch.
- Line the pepperoni slices in rows on top of the cheese. Fold dough’s sides a little bit until they overlap slightly on the outer edge of the pepperoni rows. From the top, roll the dough. Pinch the edge to seal. Place dough on the cookie sheet with the seam facing down.
- Mix egg with 1 tbsp. water. Brush mixture all over the dough. Sprinkle evenly the parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning on top.
- Bake until golden brown, which takes 14 to 18 minutes. To serve, cut in pieces preferably 2 inches each. Serve with marinara dip.
Pizza is an all-time favorite dish, no doubt about that. But sometimes, craving for pizza can be so strong that you really have to go to a restaurant just to have one. Thanks goodness for pizza bread that’s a heaven-sent for busy people because it is so easy to do. I know there’s ready-made pizza dough available in stores, but it is definitely not as fresh as a newly-baked bread.