Don’t let the fact that this French bread pizza rustica doesn’t have a sauce on it throw you off. Every bite is incredible. All of your favorite toppings, but with a little twist. Spinach. Yes, spinach. You can play around with the toppings, substituting whatever suits your fancy, but don’t leave out the spinach. I’ve found variations on this French bread pizza rustica online, and some have you cook the vegetables a bit before putting them onto the bread. I opted to skip that step. We found the slightly crunchy (they do cook a bit in the oven) vegetables to be perfect. If you do want to cook the vegetables, just add to the skillet after you cook the Italian sausage and saute for about 5 minutes.
Oh me how happy was I with this pizza? Darned happy, that’s how happy! All of my favorite things. Crunchy pizza crust. Moist, tender chicken, cheese, smoky BBQ sauce, and of course, some heat! BBQ chicken pizza was a big hit in our household, that’s for sure! BBQ chicken pizza is also the easiest, tastiest way to use up leftover cooked chicken. You can also make this same recipe using leftover pulled pork or smoked brisket.
I used a smoky, hickory-flavored BBQ sauce since the chicken I used was roasted and didn’t have that much smoky flavor. If I was going to use smoked pork or beef I’d use a sauce without a smoky flavor since there’s already enough of that in the meat.
I was digging around in the bottom of the fridge when I came across a tub of pizza dough. A quick check of the freezer found that I didn’t have any pizza sauce. And no ‘normal’ pizza toppings in the fridge, either. Well, I figured that this was the opportune time to make a breakfast pizza. I can’t say I went into the project with great optimism. Well, I’ve been wrong before. This breakfast pizza was easy to make and came out tasting fantastic. It was a welcomed twist on a regular ole pizza. Of course you can add more toppings. Such as crumbled cooked breakfast sausage. Roasted red bell peppers. Salsa. Hot sauce. Jalapeno slices. Use my version of breakfast pizza as sort of a canvas for whatever you want to do. You can’t mess it up.
I loved making simple little bites like these pizza pretzel nuggets. They took no time, little ingredients, and came out great. This recipe makes a decent-sized batch of snacks, enough for Anita to take to work and share with her co-workers. Every bite has a wonderful, light pizza flavor. You’ll think you’re biting into your favorite deep-dish pie. Just the right combination of pizza sauce, cheese, and yes, salty crunchiness.
I left out the red pepper flake since I didn’t know how that’d go over at her office, but for me, this dish could use a bit of spiciness. It’s great on it’s own, don’t get me wrong, but I’m always of the opinion that spicy is better.
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This baked Italian sub pizza packs on everything I love about a classic Italian sub (er… hoagie). Sandwich meats. Black olives and banana peppers (yum). Cheese. Lots of cheese. And just a bit of Italian dressing and basil. Quick to make and quick to disappear. To spice this baked Italian sub pizza up, use hot banana peppers, spicy salami and maybe toss a few jalapeno slices on there to boot. Oh, and a good bit of dried red pepper flake ain’t gonna hurt either.
It was meatball week here. I made a monster batch of my homemade meatballs with plans of using them in all sorts of dishes, from spaghetti and meatballs to meatball sandwiches and meatball soup to, of course, 4-cheese meatball pizza. I love the texture of meatballs on a pizza. They add a nice meatiness to each and every bite, plus they add even more wonderful Italian flavor.
The combination of four different cheeses made for a delightful pizza feast. There weren’t any leftovers. That happens with pizza around here. Roasted cauliflower? Probably gonna have some leftover. Pizza? Nope.
8 Italian cooked meatballs, cut in half (I used my homemade meatballs. See the note below)
Any other desired toppings (I added mushrooms and black olives... plus a few pinches of dried red pepper flake)
1 cup shredded provolone cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/3 cup shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
Note: I used my homemade meatballs. Normally I make them at least 2 ounces each. For the pizza I made 1 ounce meatballs instead. You can still use large meatballs, but instead of halving them you will probably want to quarter them.
Preheat oven to 420 F
If using store-bought pizza dough or crust, prepare per the package instructions.
Ladle sauce onto the pizza and spread out edge-to-edge.
Distribute the meatballs around the pizza.
Add any other toppings that you desire.
Sprinkle with the cheeses.
Transfer to a pizza stone or pan and bake 10-12 minutes or until the dough is crispy and the cheeses are melted.
Anita and I love pizza, but we are also watching our carbohydrates. These grilled bell pepper pizzas solve that problem and then some! All of our favorite pizza toppings served on a wonderful bell pepper ‘crust’. I grilled the pizzas until the peppers were just starting to soften so they still had a bit of crunch to them. They were fantastic! Grilled bell pepper pizzas will definitely become a staple in our house. They aren’t exactly zero carbs (the peppers and sauce have a few grams of carbs), but they are mighty low in carbs and that’s good enough for us!
You don’t have to grill these ‘pizzas’, either. Just pop them in a 425 F oven instead.
Your favorite toppings (black olives, crumbled cooked sausage, pepperoni, red pepper flake, etc)
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Fire up your grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat.
Cut the peppers so that they form little bowls. I found that cutting them in half made for deeper bowls than I wanted (too much bell pepper!) so I trimmed them down so that there was a 1/4" - 1/2" deep bowl.
Remove any seeds.
Brush the outsides of the peppers with the oil.
Add your favorite toppings up to the top of the pepper 'bowls'.
Add cheese and place onto the grill.
Grill for 10-15 minutes or until the peppers have started to soften and the cheese is melted.
Dangerous. That’s one word for this antipasto flatbread pizza. I can’t be trusted around it. Everything good is on each and every slice. I could’ve used the same toppings on a ‘regular’ pizza crust, but we prefer flatbread pizzas. Crunchier. Lower in carbs (so I can eat more). And well, kind of fun to eat. They also make for great appetizers. Big honkin’ slices of thick crust pizza aren’t the best appetizers. There’s no real sauce on this pizza. But, it is definitely not dry. Go crazy with the toppings, but if you do use lots of ‘wet’ ingredients, like marinated peppers or olives, drain them a bit before putting them onto the pizza. Flatbread can get soggy if you overload it with sauce or moist toppings.