Can’t find pizza crusts at the store or don’t want to make pizza dough yourself? I am right there with you, especially with it being hard to find yeast and certain types of flour these days. The solution: use a baguette. You get to customize your personal pizza and try creative combos with your individual pizzas. It’s a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will enjoy.
If you’ve ever found yourself curious about pizza topping combinations you thought sounded interesting but never wanted to try on a whole pizza, this is your time to get funky. My husband experimented with multiple halves of his baguette pizza. He added sriracha to an entire half and curry powder to a quarter of his pizza. I’m not sure he remembered which side he added the curry powder to but said it was a ‘fragrant’ addition. I didn’t get as creative but did add a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to a quarter and ended up going back to add a drizzle to the other quarter. It’s also the perfect time to add any vegetable or fruit that is nearing its expiration to your fun pizzas. Ours was a peach – don’t hesitate, it was delicious.
We used a frozen baguette (from a Costco pack, of course) that is the perfect personal pizza size. If using one of these frozen baguettes, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and put the whole uncut baguette on a pan in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove, cut in half lengthwise and put back in the oven for about 4 minutes, until the center is warm. It doesn’t need to be fully cooked, just brought more to room temperature. This recipe is easily adaptable as you could substitute french bread, ciabatta, or another crusty bread in for the base. We also had some leftover pesto spread to use so we added a pesto drizzle to the tops for an herbaceous tone but you could also sprinkle fresh, chopped basil for another depth of flavor.
Serve with a simple salad for a tasty lunch or dinner.
Baguette PizzasCourse: DinnerDifficulty: Easy
2 small baguettes, cut in half lengthwise
Seasonings – garlic powder, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, curry powder, etc.
Topping Choices – meats, cheese, veggies, fruit
Optional Garnish Ideas – herbs, balsamic vinegar/glaze, pesto
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a sheet pan with a silicone mat, parchment paper, or aluminum foil. If your baguette is not frozen, make sure it is cut in half lengthwise. If using frozen baguettes, put the whole uncut baguette on the prepared pan in the oven for 8 minutes. Remove, cut in half lengthwise and put back in the oven for about 4 minutes, until the center is warm. It doesn’t need to be fully cooked, just brought more to room temperature.
- Add your pizza sauce, any seasonings, and topping choices, layering the flattest first to minimize any from falling off while you eat.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Add any garnish ingredients and enjoy.
- Substitute french bread for baguette if that’s what’s available or on hand
- Serve with a simple salad for a tasty lunch or dinner
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