September 2, 2016

Easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza

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It's busy back-to-school time!  Keep this easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza recipe up your sleeve for when you need a quick lunch idea for these jam-packed times ... whether it's for a busy Saturday lunch, or to slice up and send in the kiddos' lunchboxes.  Thank you to REAL® Seal for sponsoring this recipe's creation and this post.
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Well, the back-to-school season is in full swing!  And along with it comes some busy busy times.  I, for one, love the routine and structure of school-time much more than the less-scheduled, looser times of summer.  Somehow, when I have more that I have to do, I get way more done.  {Please tell me I'm not the only one.}

But to survive the busier times, I definitely need some quick-and-easy lunch {and dinner, for that matter} recipes up my sleeve.  Just like this easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza.  It comes together in about 5 minutes, and bakes in 10 ... making it perfect for lunchtime ...

... whether it's for a busy Saturday lunch, or for packing up slices to be enjoyed in the kiddos' lunchboxes.  Because don't we all deserve a super tasty lunch?  And yes, French bread pizza is indeed super tasty even cold.

Loaded up with prepared Alfredo sauce, chopped ham, and lots of melty Swiss and mozzarella cheese, this pizza delivers up amazing flavor.  Just ask our 6-year-old daughter ~ she gave it her whole-hearted endorsement of two thumbs up.

Easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza ~ perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Now when it comes to that tasty melty cheese, it's got to be REAL® cheese in my book.


Because REAL® cheese is packed with nutrients you can only get from REAL® dairy products.  Like calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and loads of quality protein.  And that's something dairy imitators just can't say.

Easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza with REAL® Cheese ~ perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

And do you want to know my little secret to baking up the ultimate french bread pizza?  For even more great flavor and good stuff, first brushing the bread with REAL® butter!

Easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza with REAL® Butter ~ perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

Then I give that butter a little sprinkle of garlic powder, and a toasting in a hot oven for just a few minutes before adding any sauce and toppings.

So basically ... I make garlic bread before making the pizza.  Oh, it brings such great flavor and crispness!

The bread develops a nice crunch on the outside, while staying soft and light on the inside ... just like it should for a great French bread pizza.  And the layer of toasted garlic-and-butter, while bringing wonderful flavor to the bread, also keeps the pizza sauce from seeping into the bread and making it soggy.  

Easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza ~ perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com

When the pizza comes out of the oven, use a sharp serrated knife to cut each bread half into slices.  Then serve it on up for a REAL® delicious and easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza lunch ... either hot for right-then, or cold for later!  Which makes it the perfect back-to-school busy-times lunch.

Or hey, it's the perfect recipe to keep up your sleeve for a back-to-school busy-times dinner, too.  Don't you think?

Find more great REAL® dairy recipes on the REAL® Seal Pinterest page.

Easy Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza ~ perfect for a quick & easy lunch or dinner.  www.thekitchenismyplayground.com
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Ham & Cheese French Bread Pizza
Source:  A Tracey creation
(Printable recipe)
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 3 T. REAL® butter, melted
  • 1/8 to 1/4 tsp. garlic powder*
  • 1/4 to 1/3 c. jarred Alfredo sauce*
  • 1 c. chopped ham
  • 1/2 to 1/3 c. REAL® shredded Swiss cheese*
  • 1 to 1 1/2 c. REAL® shredded mozzarella cheese*
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. dried parsley {optional}
Directions
  1. Cut French bread in half lengthwise and place cut-side-up on a baking sheet. Brush cut sides with melted butter all the way to the edges and sprinkle evenly with garlic powder. Bake at 450 degrees for 4 minutes or until just barely lightly browned on the edges.
  2. Remove from the oven. Spread each piece of bread evenly with half the Alfredo sauce, then sprinkle on half the Swiss cheese and chopped ham. Top each piece of bread evenly with half the mozzarella and sprinkle on dried parsley, if using.
  3. Bake for 6 - 8 minutes until cheese is melty. Remove from oven and slice into pieces using a sharp serrated knife.
*Some loaves of French bread are bigger than others.  Adjust amounts to suit the size of the bread and your personal taste.

Enjoy!

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1 comment:

  1. Stopping by from the link party. Sure looks yummy!I love almost anything on french bread, add cheese and it's golden :)

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