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Garlic Bread Pizza Recipe

With the week winding down, things are really gearing up here in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. We’ve got street closures, events and traffic galore. But hey, we love it. Anytime we get a chance to be in the national spotlight is a good one (except when it’s hurricane related – don’t mention the K-word). Anyway, right now is a time of great hustle and bustle. I actually got to work as a volunteer in the social media command center on Tuesday. It was pretty cool, and I got to work with some of NOLA’s top social media brass. Natch!

But today we’re focusing on food. Delicious Super Bowl-friendly food. Today I present a Garlic Bread Pizza recipe. I first heard of this concept back when I was working on the Kicked Up Sandwiches promotion. Emeril has a recipe for garlic bread pizza in his book. However, I didn’t consult the book prior to developing this recipe. I just took the concept and went with it. I am pleased with the results.

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Last week you probably saw my garlic bread recipe. It’s the base layer for our garlic bread pizza here. This is a simple and easy recipe.  In fact, if you want to use pre-made garlic bread, you’re free to do that.  I have no qualms with you taking shortcuts, dear reader. It’s all about making recipes work for you, your family and your time frame.  I love cooking for hours on end, but I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. I want you to enjoy life however you prefer to do that!

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So, back to garlic bread pizza. Below are our key ingredients. It’s really just garlic bread, red sauce, cheese and parsley for color/garnish. You can even skip the parsley if you don’t feel like getting fancy. Again, up to you. Although if you do want some green color contrast on top and don’t have parsley, some chiffonade basil or chopped oregano leaves would do well, too. Heck, even just some thinly sliced green onions or chives would do the trick. They’d all taste good with this pizza.

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If you’ve been paying attention, not only does the garlic bread look familiar, but the tomato sauce should look familiar as well. It’s a recipe from last week, too! If you don’t have a great hearty, meaty tomato sauce like this in the fridge or freezer, you of course can use jarred or something from your grocer’s pre-made gourmet foods case. Although I highly advocate making a huge pot of red sauce and using it liberally throughout your week. You’ll thank me. And remember, it’s freezer friendly so none will go to waste.

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Alrighty, let’s get to nuts and bolts here… The prep and assembly here couldn’t be easier. Simply take a loaf of baked garlic bread and smear it with heated red sauce. Top that with mozzarella and pop it into your oven’s broiler (or into your oven with the broiler setting). Once done, top with fresh parsley and serve.  Quick and easy. Oh and TASTY! The garlic bread layer adds a depth of flavor unparalleled by plain French bread.  You’ll never want to go back to basic French bread pizza again!

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Not only does this make great football/Super Bowl food, it’s great for a quick weeknight meal or a Friday night pizza night with movies and fun. It’s versatile like that. I hope this recipe makes its way into your “quick and easy” stash of recipes. You’ll be thankful it did.

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Starving yet? Me too (as always)… Let’s get to that recipe!

Yield: 4 servings

Garlic Bread Pizza Recipe

This garlic bread pizza recipe is quick, easy and delicious. It's ready in a few minutes and uses just a few simple yet tasty ingredients!

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pre-heat your oven's broiler.
  2. Smear the warm red sauce on both halves of the the garlic bread.
  3. Top with shredded mozzarella.
  4. Place under the broiler for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes until cheese is melted and browned.
  5. Top with chopped fresh parsley and serve.

If you have to make the garlic bread and/or tomato sauce, prep time will increase. Refer to the recipes for time requirements.

Prep:10 minutes

Cook:4 minutes

Total:14 minutes

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