Greek Style Pizza Bread

Greek Style Pizza Bread

It’s been ‘Greek week’ over at our place. First we made a huge Greek salad with cucumber, tomato, green peppers, dill, fennel and fennel fronds, feta cheese, and some premium olive oil which we’ve been working on for days! We needed to use up the rest of the feta cheese though so we thought we’d make one of our staples, pizza bread. We call it pizza bread because it’s simply a loaf of crusty French bread cut lengthwise and dressed up like a pizza. It’s a real time saver compared to our ‘big tray’ pizza as the bread component is pre-made and for only 99 cents almost anywhere we shop for the French bread it’s quite a deal for the amount of time saved.

 

We find ourselves sticking with more ‘traditional’ pizza ingredients these days… minimalist with just tomato, cheese, herbs, and olive oil; rarely meat, and this recipe is no exception to that. We’ve made many pizzas where we’ve thrown the proverbial ‘kitchen sink’ at them using five, six, seven toppings or more but we’ve found over time that pizza is most enjoyable when you can pick out the taste of each ingredient because with too many it just becomes somewhat of a train wreck. Flavors pile up on top of one another and the theme of the pizza becomes lost. For this pizza we are sticking with the ingredients of a Greek salad minus the olives because we were out this time and the nearest store is 50 miles¬†away.

With the garlic cheese bread now made, we move on to the tomato sauce. Olive oil, hot pan, whole tomatoes crushed and reduced, dried oregano from our garden, salt, and some Italian seasoning

With the garlic bread and pizza sauce ready, and topping prepped, it’s time to assemble the pizza bread! Enjoy the photos below!

Margherita Style Pizza Bread

Margherita Style Pizza Bread

Tomato, mozzarella, and basil make for a delicious and simple pizza bread. This sure is a scrumptious summer time-saver for days when you don’t want to stand over a hot stove for too long! Enjoy the photos below!

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Sauce with Fresh Herbs

Olive Oil on Bread

Adding the Sauce

Slicing up the Mozzarella

Adding Cheese

Fresh Thai Basil

Adding Basil

Finished Pizza Bread

Sourdough Pizza Bread with Imitation Crab

Sourdough Pizza Bread with Imitation Crab

It’s time for one of our regular favorites again! This time we used sourdough and tried imitation crab as a topping – what a great idea that was! We are dippers and when we eat pizza we absolutely must have something tasty to dunk it in… this time it was a sour cream based ranch with fresh chives. Enjoy the photos!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Bread

Pizza Bread

We love to make pizza from scratch but preparing the dough and then all the various toppings in bite-sized pieces is a time-consuming task. We have explored the idea of buying pre-made dough such as Boboli, President’s Choice, etc. but given the cost of these, buying a whole frozen pizza is almost just as attractive an idea! We came up with our own alternative to using traditional dough that works great for fraction of the cost and time spent… Pizza Bread! A crusty French Bread at any of our local grocery stores is about 97 cents; We simply slice these in half and dress them as we would pizza. This all started with an an idea to do cheesy garlic bread, but we soon added tomatoes, cilantro, and then eventually our favorite pizza toppings… a whole ‘nother layer – all on top!¬† These days we enjoy both the cheesy garlic bread base as well as a regular pizza sauce version. Enjoy the photos!

 

 

We hope you enjoy your own Pizza Bread creations!