Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes General Recipes French Bread Pizza Bake

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      Here’s a good way to use up slightly stale or hard
      italian or french bread. It’s easy, fast and

      French Bread Pizza Bake

      Loaf of italian or french bread (preferrably stale or
      Tomato sauce (how much varies depending on the size of
      the dish and how much bread, but for an average loaf,
      about 1 jar, 26 ounces)
      Shredded mozzarella cheese (again depends, but about 2
      cups sounds right)
      Your favorite pizza toppings (optional)

      Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

      Cut the bread 1/2 to 3/4 inches thick, trying to cut
      slices evenly. Line bottom of large baking dish with
      the slices, fitting them side by side, close together.
      I use a 10 x 15 inch dish, but any size will work
      depending on how much bread. Season the tomato sauce
      with spices if desired. Pour tomato sauce or pizza
      sauce over the bread, making sure each piece is
      covered. Be generous–as it bakes, the sauce will
      saturate and soften the bread. Sprinkle cheese over
      the sauce, spreading it evenly. Add whatever toppings
      you want, or just leave it plain.

      Bake for 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted.

      Serve with napkins, this one’s messy!

      P.S. I buy my mozzarella cheese from Sam’s, where a 5
      lb bag is about $8. Then I bag it up, 2 cups to a bag,
      and freeze it. It keeps quite well this way for up to
      6 months. I haven’t ordered a takeout pizza for quite
      some time, probably over a year! Since we used to
      order pizza every 2 weeks or so, at about $11-12 bucks
      a pop, I figure we save about $240 a year just on
      pizza! I make it with the recipe above and also with a
      traditional crust.

      Jen K

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Budget Menu & Dirt Cheap Recipes General Recipes French Bread Pizza Bake