Saturday, July 9, 2011

Bread Pizza

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The Ancient Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese. In Byzantine Greek the word was spelled pita, meaning pie. The word had now spread to Turkish as pide, in Balkan languages, Serbo Croatian pita, Albanian pite, Bulgarian pita, Modern Hebrew via the Judaeo Spanish pita, Though the Hebrew word pittah is spelled like the Aramaic pittetalpitta, which is related to Levantine Arabic Fatteh, they are not connected historically. The Romans developed placenta, a sheet of flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves. Modern Pizza originated in Italy as the Neapolitan pie with tomato. In 1889, cheese was added.

King Ferdinand I (1751-1825) is said to have disguised himself as a commoner and, in clandestine fashion, visited a poor neighborhood in Naples. One story has it that he wanted to sink his teeth into a food that queen had banned from the royal court... pizza.

In 1889, during a visit to Naples, Queen Margherita of Savoy was served pizza resembling the colors of the Italian flag. Red (tomato), white (Mozzarella) and green (basil). This kind of pizza has been named after the Queen as Pizza Margherita.

The bottom of the pizza, called the "crust", may vary widely according to style, thin as in a typical hand tossed pizza or Roman pizza, or thick as in a typical pan pizza or Chicago style pizza. It is traditionally plain, but may also be seasoned with garlic, or herbs, or stuffed with cheese.

In restaurants, pizza can be baked in an oven with stone bricks above the heat source, an electric deck oven, a conveyor belt oven or, in the case of more expensive restaurants, a wood or coal fired brick oven. On deck ovens, the pizza can be slid into the oven on a long paddle, called a peel, and baked directly on the hot bricks or baked on a screen (a round metal grate, typically aluminum). When made at home, it can be baked on a pizza stone in a regular oven to reproduce the effect of a brick oven. Another option is grilled pizza, in which the crust is baked directly on a barbecue grill. Greek pizza, like Chicago style pizza, is baked in a pan rather than directly on the bricks of the pizza oven.

Bread Pizza
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
4 slices bread, toasted, you can use any bread you have on hand
pizza sauce, to taste
1/4 cup Mozzarella shredded cheese, more if desired
12 sliced pepperoni
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 teaspoon oregano

Directions:
Spread pizza sauce on each toasted bread. Sprinkle oregano on each toasted bread, take 2 slices bread and add cheese, onions and green bell peppers. Take the other 2 slices and add cheese and slice pepperoni. Place under broiler, until cheese has melt and bubbly. Keep an eye on it. Enjoy!

Cooks note, make sure your bread is toasted before adding pizza sauce, or your bread will be soggy. This recipes makes a great lunch, or after school snack.









29 comments:

  1. I love pizza! Such a convenient (and affordable!) way to enjoy some tasty pizza, easily customized to everyone's taste preferences. Red onions and bell peppers are my favorite pizza toppings, my husband loves pepperoni. Thank you for the great recipe! Yum!

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  2. I make a variation of this all the time! Great way to make a little personal sized pizza that's no fuss and no muss. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I remember making this when I was a kid though back then all we really had to put on it was spaghetti sauce and cheese. But it was still good :-) Simple, filling homey sort of a meal :-)

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  4. Margherita pizza is my favorite version - great history!

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  5. My brother loves these. I wish I had a real pizza oven in my house. Always a pleasure to stop by your blog. Great food and I always learn something I did not know.

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  6. This was my favorite afternoon snack when I was a kid!

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  7. Looks great! I could eat this right now for a midnight snack. ;.))))

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  8. delicious looking pizza bread this is one of our favourite quick snack and meals deliciously done
    I haven't added oregano before looks wonderful

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  9. I love any pizza and yours are so tempting! There's one time I even make spaghetti bread pizza. haha.... Hope you're a great weekend, Christine. enjoy.
    Kristy

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  10. how can you go wrong with any type of pizza! it looks delicious!

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  11. Lovely bread pizza. I would love to make this for morning breakfast :)

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  12. Hi Kim Bee, a pizza oven in the home would be great.

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  13. Anncoo, this bread pizza would be good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The children would love this for after school snack.

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  14. I do love pizza, but I never thought to use just a standard slice of bread to whip it together. Great idea.

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  15. I used to buy Stouffer's French bread pizza, but discovered that buying my own French bread and make my own pizza topping is so much better. Great snack!

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  16. Yes, any time is a good time for pizza, especially when it is this easy! Great pics.

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  17. I used to make these as a kid. Simple but delicious.

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  18. Oh my gosh I do this ALL THE TIME!!! I also use the whole wheat pita bread and make pizza on that too!! I love your blog! I love cheap eats :)

    We just started following you , I saw you on Emily's blog!!

    Love,

    http://chickswholovetoeat.blogspot.com

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  19. bread pizza is the best!!! it's simple and easy! i usually make it on bagels or baguettes :D

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  20. Your bread pizza is such a great idea, I don't know why I haven't tried making this at home. Maybe because the kids have all grown up, but hey, next time I'm making these for myself!

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  21. Hi Foodiva, you deserve to make bread pizza for yourself.

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  22. It's been a while since I've made bread pizza. I used to live them because it was so easy to make! Thanks for bringing back sweet memories:-)

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  23. What a easy and yummy looking pizza. My daughter loves to make this.

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  24. I do make from time to time this for my kids..such a great idea, and fast..You did fantastic job!!

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  25. This looks yummy! Just saw your recipe on YBR. I used to do something similar for my son when he wasn't able to chew very well....

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  26. Looks good! My grown kids will love this! Thanks.

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