Growing up, I knew that my parents’ freezer would always house a couple boxes of French Bread Pizza. Every night, around 11 or so, I would remember the smell of toasty pizza wafting from the kitchen as my parents would watch the news and Johnny Carson. However, those French Bread Pizzas were off limits to me or my friends – grownups only!
When I moved out, I gravitated to what I knew and would have one or two boxes of those pizzas in the freezer and, yes, as predicted, I burned those frozen slabs of bread more often than I can count. French Bread Pizza and I were non-mixy things, I rationalized. Over time, I buried that memory but when I saw a recipe for Emeril’s French Bread Pizza in his new book, Kicked Up Sandwiches, I knew that I had to make it. I had no clue how amazingly simple it was to make and a few ingredients, homemade garlic butter and a few minutes in the oven and my house smelled just like it when I was a child. Even better – I didn’t burn it! I used a jar of my favorite marinara sauce, browned up some sweet Italian sausage (I’m still a wuss when it comes to the heat – baby steps, Emeril, baby steps) and broke out the 3 cheeses – fontina, mozzarella and Parmesan.
This is one of those recipes that will get you in the kitchen. Just grab a baguette, slather it with your favorite sauce, top with your favorite cheese, some herbs and whatever else you like and in a few minutes flat, you will have one of the best French Bread Pizzas you have ever had.
What was one of your parent’s late night snacks that evokes a childhood memory?
OK – time to cook:
Gather Your Ingredients
Time to make the garlic bread
Assembling the pizza
Emeril’s French Bread Pizza with Italian Sausage
For Emeril’s recipe, pick up a copy of Kicked Up Sandwiches, on sale Oct. 16th.
*Disclosure: A copy of Emeril’s cookbook was provided as per of the #SeriousSandwich Blogger Cookalong. My opinion and experiences are 100% my own.
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