When my sister and I were in school, we had to take our own lunches. Stouffer’s came out with these frozen french bread pizzas that we just loved. They looked like boats to us so we called them, “Pizza Boats.” I’ve been wanting to make some of these homemade for a while now, but am just now getting round to it. I saw an episode of The Pioneer Woman here recently where she whipped up a bunch of these French Bread Pizzas with different toppings. I saw how easy it was and decided it was time to give it a try myself. I chose to just do a regular ‘ole pepperoni topping because I’m creative like that. Ok, ok, I was being lazy. Cut a girl some slack!
Pepperoni Pizza Boats
- Deli rolls or small baguettes (I actually used a really huge roll of French Bread that I cut in half down the middle)
- Your favorite Pizza Sauce (I used the same Hunt’s Pizza Sauce that I use for my Pizza Casserole)
- Mozzarella (The recipe I followed called for fresh, sliced mozzarella, but after having done it,I think I could’ve just as easily used the shredded bagged stuff)
- Other Pizza toppings of your choice
Directions: Preheat oven to 375º F. Slice rolls in half long ways (so you separate the top and the bottom). If you are using a large french bread roll like I did, cut them in half the other way also, so that there’s now two pieces of the top and two pieces of the bottom. Place them on a cookie sheet with the flat sides up and add the pizza sauce, followed by the cheese, then finish with the pepperonis. Turn oven temperature up to 400º F. Place on oven rack that is below center (see note below) for approximately 8 minutes. If your cheese isn’t melted enough, you may need to move them up to the middle of the oven.
*The recipe in the link above directs you to place on lowest rack in the oven. Mine was placed one slot below the middle and it worked great for me. If I had placed it on the lowest slot for the amount of time directed, I would’ve burnt them. The crusts on these are supposed to be nice and crunchy, however, if you don’t care much for a crunchy crust, cook them more towards the center of the oven at 375º F.