Not only do I enjoy ordering pizza, but I also like making it. It is particularly enjoyable with a fresh crust. Although, there are times when you decide to do a cheat, like making it with a Boboli crust or, in the case of this next recipe, French bread.
I found the recipe for Sausage Alfredo French Bread Pizza on Pinterest. We tried it a couple of times and enjoyed it. However, I decided to change it up a bit the next time I made it. Instead of making it with alfredo sauce, I decided to do it with a typical red pizza sauce.
To start, I sliced the French bread in half going horizontally. Then, I cut it into 4 even pieces and divided them, leaving me with 8 “pizza” crusts. From there, I scooped out a small portion of each piece of bread so that the filling would stay put. I found in the previous occasions making this that the filling would fall off easily. Scooping out a small portion of the bread solved that problem.
I turned the broiler on high so it could warm up. Next, I sauteed 1 chopped large onion. Once it was translucent, I added 1 pound of Italian sausage and browned it. After it was ready, I added one small 4 oz can of mushrooms and a jar of pizza sauce to the meat. I stirred it and allowed it to heat through, for just a minute or two.
While it was heating up, I put all the bread on a large cookie sheet cut-side up. Then, I spread the sausage mixture onto each piece of bread in the scooped out sections. Now it was time to add the cheese. Cheese is fabulous! I sprinkled each pizza liberally with mozzarella cheese. Finally, I sprinkled a little bit of Italian seasoning over each pizza. The pizza was ready to cook. I put it in the oven only a couple of inches from the broiler. It cooked for close to 3 minutes; just enough time for the cheese to melt and brown slightly.
As I was working on the pizza, my two-year-old, Ginny, came into the kitchen. She was all excited.
“Mommy, you’re cooking.”
I responded that I was making pizza. She couldn’t wait to eat it. I had no doubt she would. After all, she loves pizza.
Once the pizza was ready, I placed them on the table. Ginny looked at them then at me. Then she asked, “Pizza? Where the pizza, Mommy?”
I told her this was the pizza. She looked confused and asked, “No, mommy. This not pizza. Where the real pizza?” My heart sunk.
We distracted Ginny by saying prayers before our meal then served the pizza. I was nervous; convinced she would say no to it because it didn’t look like pizza. I was wrong. She actually ate it, and she liked it. In fact, we all liked it. My husband told me he preferred the pizza this way than with the alfredo sauce. I hope you enjoy it just as much.
- 1 lb. Italian sausage, hot or mild
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 7 oz. mushroom stems & pieces, drained
- 15 oz. Pizza sauce
- 1 loaf French bread
- Shredded mozzarella (1 cup or more)
- Italian seasoning
- Cut the bread in half horizontally then into 3-4 even pieces and split in half. Scoop out a small amount of bread out of each bread piece.
- Set oven to broil.
- Saute onion in a skillet until translucent.
- Add sausage to skillet and brown over medium-high heat until sausage is no longer pink; drain.
- Stir in mushrooms and pizza sauce. Let it heat through for 1-2 minutes.
- Place bread, cut-sides up, on ungreased cookie sheet.
- Spread each piece with sausage mixture. Sprinkle liberally with cheese.
- Add Italian seasoning to each piece (about 1/4 teaspoon for each slice).
- Broil with tops 5 inches from heat 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown.
- The next time I make this I plan on sauteing fresh mushrooms and garlic together instead of using canned mushrooms.