Focaccia Bread Pizza

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We’ve all heard of French bread pizza, and I’m pretty sure we’ve all tried it!  Pizza is not just made for French bread, however.  There’s always focaccia bread to consider.  It’s probably not the first thing that pops in your head when you’re thinking pizza, am I right?  I’m here to tell you that focaccia bread is outrageously good as a pizza crust!  Slice it in half lengthwise, slather on some pesto or pizza sauce, gather up your favorite toppings and some cheese, and you’ve got yourself dinner.  This isn’t just any dinner, however.  It’s dinner within 30 minutes or less, and it’s something everyone’s going to love! 🙂  Try this Focaccia Bread Pizza, and I promise you it will be one of your top goto meals when you’ve had a crazy day, or if you’ve got a crazy evening ahead of you.  You may even forget about traditional, old pizza.  That’s way too predictable  😉

One of my favorite places to eat is Chow restaurant in Lafayette, CA.  They’re local, fresh, and organic, and they have a little market where you can buy prepared foods, as well as fresh produce, meats, baked goods, etc.  Chow restaurant and market is my happy place. 🙂  The best find, besides their butterscotch banana cream pie and louie dressing, to name a few, is the focaccia bread pizza.  It’s loaded with fresh veggies that rest atop goat cheese and grated mozzarella.  Every time I’m in the area I grab one.

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When I can’t make it to Chow, I pick up focaccia bread at Whole Foods Market or Trader Joe’s and make my own. It may not be Chow’s, but it’s still tremendously good!  :tounge:  My favorite focaccia is the ACME Bread herb slab that I find at Whole Foods.  Trader Joe’s has another brand that costs less, and it’s really great, too.  You can even make your own if you’re daring enough.  I’m going to try a skillet one focaccia bread very soon, so be on the lookout.  😆

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My husband and I are more than happy with the veggie focaccia bread pizza, but the kids aren’t.   :-S   I usually make one for them with ham or salami, olives, and toss a few pizza-worthy veggies like mushrooms, or a little zucchini.  Those won’t scare them off!

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As for the veggie pizza, I like to use fresh spinach or baby kale, halved cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, thinly sliced zucchini,  or even asparagus.  Use canned pizza sauce, or prepared pesto sauce.  If I have some of my Lemon Pesto Sauce, I use that!  🙂

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It’s time to start thinking outside the box…meaning the pizza box…and make a Focaccia Bread Pizza.  Get creative, or follow my recipe here.  You’ll love that crispy, focaccia bread crust, smothered with your favorite sauce, cheese, and toppings.  This is one great fast, delicious meal!  😀

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Focaccia Bread Pizza
 
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Focaccia Bread Pizza is focaccia bread smothered in pesto or tomato sauce, and topped with grated mozzarella and garden fresh veggies like mushrooms, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and fresh spinach. Think outside the pizza box!
Serves: depending on the size, anywhere from 10 large slices or 16 squares
Ingredients
  • 1 slab focaccia bread, halved lengthwise (I love ACME Bread's herb slab)
  • 1 cup pizza or pesto sauce
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves or baby kale
  • 4 large mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced very thinly lengthwise
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the focaccia bread halves on the baking sheet. Spread ½ cup of the pizza or pesto sauce on each focaccia bread half. Place the spinach leaves over the sauce on both halves, then sprinkle with cheese. Place the mushrooms over the cheese, then lay the zucchini slices crosswise over each half. Arrange the cherry tomatoes over the pizzas, and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bread is crispy. Slice and serve immediately.
Notes
Thinly sliced goat cheese rounds underneath the grated mozzarella adds a tangy, creaminess.

Use your favorite toppings, sauces, or cheeses to change things up!

Inspired by Focaccia Bread Pizza at Chow Food and Market