DIY: Frozen French Bread Pizzas

by Shawnda on March 11, 2013

in DIY,Freezer Friendly,Hatch chiles,Pizza

Homemade Frozen French Bread Pizza

Before The Little was born, I went impressively overboard on a stock-the-freezer mission. It was part hoarding, part planning-for-the-apocalypse but I just knew I’d never ever have the time or energy to prep dinner again for the next 5+ years.

I wasn’t completely wrong.

Homemade Frozen French Bread Pizza

Most of it was your standard fare (enchiladas, pasta, soups, pizza dough, muffins, pulled pork, etc) – anything to help us feel like we had the ease of shopping in the freezer section for every meal without the calories, unpronounceable ingredients, and sodium bombs that actually come with shopping in the freezer section for every meal.

One of those “quick dinner” nights has resurfaced to become a favorite lately: Freezer French Bread Pizzas. Or as The Little refers to it, “pizza – but not circle pizza, I want long pizza.”

Homemade Frozen French Bread Pizza

Even quicker than homemade personal frozen pizzas, this one starts with a loaf of bread that someone else made. Then you bake the bread for a few minutes, top with your favorite freezer-friendly pizza toppings (no fresh tomatoes – wait ’til later for those), and freeze. My current favorite pizza: the pepperoni and hatch chile. Still.

When you’re read to eat, pop them back into the oven, adding any fresh ingredients (tomatoes go here!), and then enjoy your “long pizza” for dinner!

Freezer French Bread Pizzas

Homemade freezer french bread pizzas, healthier and fresher than store-bought pizza.

Ingredients

  • Loaf of french bread, split lengthwise and into manageable portions
  • Olive oil
  • Pizza sauce
  • Cheese
  • Toppings of choice
  • Gallon-sized freezer bags

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Place cut bread on a baking sheet (use a knife to cut and create a flat spot on the bottom of any bread piece that's wobbly).
  3. Lightly spray or brush the cut surface of the bread with olive oil and bake 7-8 minutes, until crispy and golden (but not overly browned).
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.
  5. Top with marinara, cheese, and freezer-friendly toppings like pepperoni, roasted peppers, etc. Save things like fresh tomatoes for topping just before and fresh basil or arugula for just after baking).
  6. Place back on the baking sheet and put in the freezer until frozen solid, 1-2 hours.
  7. Transfer the frozen pizzas to gallon zipper bags and freeze.
  8. To cook, preheat the oven to 425 and bake 12-15 minutes, until the edges of the pizza are very brown and the cheese is bubbly and melted.

Notes

Yields: Servings vary

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 30 minutes

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura March 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

I love French bread pizzas, but never make them at home. The ability to freeze for a quick lunch makes them even more appealing!

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2 Joanne March 11, 2013 at 2:10 pm

My mom made a lot of ciabatta bread pizza for us when we were little….can’t believe she never thought to freeze it and have it ready at a moment’s notice!

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3 Jessica @ Sunny Side Up March 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

I’ve frozen pizza bagels before but never thought of French bread pizza! Yum!

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4 Audra | The Baker Chick March 11, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I love this idea Shawnda! I am always in the search for easy freezer meals.

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5 Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} March 12, 2013 at 5:03 am

I LOVE this idea! It’s never even occurred to me, and I do (gasp!) always keep at least one frozen pizza in the oven for “emergency” purposes!

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6 Bree {Skinny Mommy} March 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

I love this-I made pizza flatbreads last night so I may have to try freezing them!

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7 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking March 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

“Preparing for the apocalypse” – hahah! That is both funny and frightening. ;) Thanks for sharing these scrumptious pizzas. Great freezer meal!

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8 Ali @ Solano's Kitchen March 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

What a great idea!! I never would have thought to do this!

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9 Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 15, 2013 at 2:16 am

This is such a great idea! Thanks for the recipe, I’m definitely going to try this :)

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10 Nicole (FoodBlogLife) March 15, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Duh!!! Why did I never think of this? What a genius idea! Thanks. :)

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