Come Sunday evening, there is usually nothing I like more than a quick, easy meal. This past weekend, I cooked up a healthy green salad to get back on track after a weekend of indulgence along with this simple, homemade pizza bread (OK, less healthy but equally delicious) using leftover ingredients from the week before.
If you have a leftover loaf of delicious, bakery-bought bread that’s about 7 minutes away from going stale, old tomato sauce and a hunk of cheese, then you can make this appetizing side dish easily too. After all, there is nothing that irks me more than to waste perfectly good ingredients. At least in my kitchen, there is always a way to use up every item to the very last drop.
What you need:
Bread (really, any kind will do)
Tomato sauce (I prefer Rao’s for its authentic flavor)
Extra virgin olive oil
Grated Parmesan cheese (though any variety should work)
Olives (the saltiness adds a really nice element; capers could be delicious too)
Fresh herbs (preferably basil or parsley, but whatever you’ve got growing on the windowsill is great)
What to do:
1. Prepare a pan with aluminum foil, which will expedite the clean-up process later on.
2. Slice your bread into thin, 1/2 to 1-inch slices. Place evenly on the pan.
3. Drizzle your bread with extra virgin olive oil.
4. Spread a spoonful of tomato sauce atop your olive-oil covered bread.
5. Sprinkle the cheese on top of your tomato sauce.
6. Shred your herbs, and place evenly over the bread.
7. This is where you can get creative. On Sunday, I happened to have a tub of olives sitting in the fridge. Rather than allow them to waste away, I chopped up a handful and added them to my cheesy bread.
If you have a jar of roasted peppers, sun dried tomatoes or virtually anything else that goes with an Italian palate, you’re good to go. Get creative, and go crazy with several “toppings” if you’d like.
8. To cook, you’ll need either an oven (pre-heated to about 350-degrees), or, if you’re lazy like I am, a toaster oven. When using a toaster oven, set it to between 300 and 400-degrees depending on your toaster’s strength and broil. It should take about 5-8 minutes, but be sure to keep an eye on them to prevent setting off the fire alarm.
- What would you add to your homemade pizza bread?