Quick Fix French Bread Pizza

I’ve been doing the best I can to keep our meals simple these days. These quick fix French bread pizzas have been a regular staple in our house since we’ve been keeping at home as much as possible. Once you have the bread, pizza sauce and cheese the rest is pretty much a blank canvas for whatever flavors you want to add. Usually for us that means Italian sausage (I like to brown it, then pulse it a few times in a food processor to get a finer texture… but not too fine!). And pepperoni. Oh and olives and mushrooms and maybe red onion. Nothing too crazy, but might good and darned comforting!

Quick Fix French Bread Pizza

I like my quick fix French bread pizza to have a crunchy crust. To make sure the bread stays crunchy I shy away from wet toppings. If I do have to use something with a lot of moisture, like canned olives or mushrooms, I always dab them dry with a paper towel first.

I also believe that less pizza sauce is actually better on a pizza. I didn’t always think that way, but I do now. First, the crust stays crunchy. And second, the sauce doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the ingredients.

Quick Fix French Bread Pizza

I’ve been doing the best I can to keep our meals simple these days. These quick fix French bread pizzas have been a regular staple in our house since we’ve been keeping at home as much as possible.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 298kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French bread cut lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • marinara sauce grab your favorite
  • mozzarella cheese
  • Your favorite pizza toppings
  • dried Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 425 F.
  • Place the bread cut-side up on a large baking sheet.
  • Stir together the butter and garlic and brush onto the bread. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Brush the top of the bread with marinara sauce. Less is more, so don't over-sauce.
  • Add your favorite toppings. Drier toppings (such as pepperoni slices and cooked, drained Italian sausage) are best. Pat your vegetables dry before adding.
  • Add cheese and sprinkle with a little Italian seasoning.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the bread starts to get golden brown and crunchy.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for 2-3 minutes before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 298kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 525mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 19IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise

The other night I dreamed I was on a deserted island. I could only pick one sandwich to have on the island for the rest of my life. It came down to a choice between a Reuben and a club sandwich. I went with the club sandwich. But not an ordinary club sandwich. Instead, my quick fix (I’ve got things to do on the island!) club sandwich with a delicious pesto mayonnaise!

Quick Fix Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise

As much as I do love a good Reuben sandwich, I know I made the right choice. Crunchy bacon. Tangy cheese. Crispy lettuce. Ripe tomato. And that nutty pesto. Different and delicious! If you find pesto strong, don’t use much, just enough to get the taste. If you love pesto, load up on it!

I am required to have my club sandwich (any club sandwich) with a dill pickle spear. It has to be super cold, too. Hopefully I can get those on my island.

Quick Fix Club Sandwich with Pesto Mayonnaise

The other night I dreamed I was on a deserted island. I could only pick one sandwich to have on the island for the rest of my life. It came down to a choice between a Reuben and a club sandwich. I went with the club sandwich
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 1041kcal

Ingredients

For the sandwich

  • 6 slices bread toasted
  • 4 tablespoons Pesto mayonnaise from below
  • 4 ounces sliced turkey
  • 4 ounces sliced ham
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 6 slices bacon cooked, cut in half
  • 1 large tomato sliced
  • 1/2 cup green leaf lettuce chopped or in leaves
  • 2 spears dill pickle for serving

For the pesto mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Arrange 4 slices of bread on a cutting board. Spread each slice with some of the pesto mayonnaise.
  • Add a slice of cheese and top with the meats.
  • Divide tomato, bacon and mayonnaise between sandwiches.
  • Add top slice of bread. Cut into halves.
  • Serve with pickle spears.

Nutrition

Calories: 1041kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 2362mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2107IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 412mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Quick Fix Messy Meatball Sandwich

I always keep frozen cooked meatballs on hand. They might be homemade. Or they might be store-bought. Either way, they’re always around because I never know when I might need a really quick lunch. You can’t get much simpler than this quick fix messy meatball sandwich. Remember my motto: the messier the better and this is definitely better!

Quick Fix Messy Meatball Sandwich

If you’re in a super-duper hurry you can skip the baking part of the recipe and just place the sandwiches under a hot broiler for a minute or two. Keep an eye on them, though. They’ll get mighty crusty mighty quick!

I admit, I don’t follow this recipe that closely. I don’t measure the sauce. Or the cheeses. Just eyeball it. Quick fix messy meatball sandwiches aren’t meant to be fussy.

Quick Fix Messy Meatball Sandwich

You can’t get much simpler than this quick fix messy meatball sandwich. Remember my motto: the messier the better and this is definitely better!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 479kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 16 meatballs frozen
  • 1 1/3 cup marinara sauce pizza sauce is great too!
  • 4 hoagie rolls sub rolls or baguettes also work great!
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/3 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Place meatballs and sauce into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cover and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the meatballs are heated through, stirring often.
  • Turn rolls on their sides, sliced side up. If they aren't pre-sliced cut them about 3/4ths of the way through but not all the way.
  • Divide meatballs and sauce between the rolls, gently pushing the meatballs down.
  • Sprinkle cheeses over top along with the oregano.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the buns have started to brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1086mg | Potassium: 478mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 676IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 303mg | Iron: 13mg

Nutritional values are approximate.