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Monday, January 31, 2011

French Bread Pizza #1

Recipe: Spinach and Mushroom French Bread Pizza with Sun dried Tomato Spread

Who didn’t love Stouffer’s French Bread Pizza as a kid? I’d venture to say very few didn’t like them. In the world of frozen pizza where there are hundreds to choose from, Stouffers is in my top three that I will enjoy from time to time. That being said, this idea came from a commercial I saw about a bajillion times on the Food Network for those sandwich thins. The idea sounded good to me, so I ran with it since I had nearly all the ingredients in my fridge that night anyway.

 Spinach and Mushroom French Bread Pizza

These pizzas would be great for a quick dinner, a weekend lunch or snack, or maybe some really big sports game that might be right around the corner…

*Serves 4 (as a meal)
(printable recipe)

- 1 long French loaf
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 3-4 sun dried tomatoes in oil, depending on size
- 1.5 teaspoons oil from sun dried tomatoes
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3 cups fresh baby spinach
- 2 cups mushrooms
- ¾ cup fresh mozzarella, cubed


1. Melt butter over medium heat in a sauté pan. Add mushrooms and sauté until browned. About 5-7 minutes. When mushrooms are browned, add spinach to hot pan to wilt slightly, and then remove from heat.

2. Meanwhile, slice the bread into 4 even portions and slice into halves. Set aside. In a food processor, combine ricotta, sun dried tomatoes, SDT oil, Italian seasoning and milk. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed.

3. Place bread on a baking sheet. Smear an even amount of ricotta on each slice, then top with spinach, mushrooms, and cheese.

4. Put in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Thoughts: I loved them. Crispy French bread, slightly salty mozzarella, and a subtle sun dried tomato flavor. I’d make them much more often for dinner if I could convince Brent that a meal without meat can still be called dinner.

Please note that I didn’t put mozzarella all over the pizzas. I figured with using ricotta as a base it might be overkill so I opted to “dot” the pizza with the mozzarella. I enjoyed it like this, but feel free to shred some mozzarella and add it all over if you want!

PS- I’ve labeled this FBP #1 because I’m pretty sure I’ll post more French Bread Pizza recipes one day.


claire said...

ah! these look unreal! thanks for sharing!

Peggy said...

These definitely sound better than any Stouffer's version! Will be keeping these in mind for the weekend!

Brownieville Girl said...

Oh man they sound (and look) good!

freerangegirl said...

Mmm - that mozzarella looks delicious ! Really enjoying your blog x

Domestic Goddess Wannabe said...

These look really yummy. Melted cheese - mmmmmmm...

À LA GRAHAM said...

It looks too good to be so easy! Yum...I so need to make this for dinner tonight!

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