How to Make Pizza Toast
I feel like this might be a polarizing blog post. Don't get me wrong, everyone (who isn't nuts) will go, "Yeah! Pizza!" But I'm guessing half of you will be wondering why I'm doing a blog post about essentially toasting bread and the other half of you will be referring back to this "recipe" later.
This was one of those mid-afternoon, fridge-is-almost-empty snacks I just stumbled into. I posted it on Instagram because it ended up looking kind of pretty, and a friend of mine asked me if I was going to do a blog post on it. My knee-jerk response was "No way! It's just stuff on bread! Nobody needs a post on that." She said something that kind of resonated with me though, "I wouldn't have thought to make that. I might have thought to eat bread or to eat cheese, but I wouldn't have looked in the fridge and said, 'Those are the ingredients to pizza, I'm going to make pizza.'"
That reminded me of when I first started cooking. You look in the fridge and see food items as just that, individual items of food, not necessarily ingredients that can be used to create a meal. I think that's actually one of the biggest mental blocks you have to break through to enjoy (and become better at) cooking.
Once you start looking at food and thinking about how you can use it together, and later what spices would work well with those ingredients, cooking becomes not only easier but also more fun! Now I almost enjoy a depleted pantry or fridge, challenging myself to a home version of "Chopped," where I have to use whatever is left before going food shopping. And that brings us to Pizza Toast!
- Bread of some kind. This was Dave's Killer Bread 21 Seeds and Grains, but I've also been making pizza on sandwich thins lately, you could also use biscuits, English muffins, tortillas, literally any bread-like substance.
- Sauce. This was leftover marinara sauce that I'd made the day before, but you could also use store bought pizza sauce, Alfredo, pesto, just olive oil, again, pretty much anything!
- Cheese. Or not, if you're vegan or lactose intolerant. Hey, you do you!
- Other stuff. What do you like on a pizza? What do you have in your fridge? Fresh herbs that are starting to wilt, half an onion you can quickly caramelize, pepperoni, leftover chicken, deli meat, a jar of olives, spinach ... I'd eat all of that stuff on a pizza.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, or get ready to turn your toaster oven on. Or use a microwave if you're really lazy. ;-)
- Assemble the pizza. OK, this part really is self explanatory, right? Put bread on sauce, put toppings and cheese on sauced bread. I personally like veggies under the cheese and meat on top. I don't know why, but it's a free country. Do it however you want!
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted to your satisfaction (for me, that's bordering around burnt around the edges and browning in the middle).
- Let it cool for a second. Then eat it. Then probably repeat for additional pizza toasts.