Mini French Bread Caprese Pizzas

June 8, 2015

French bread caprese pizza is a quick and easy meal that celebrates the coming of summer.  These petite pizzas come together in 5 minutes and are ready to eat in just 10 minutes.  The recipe calls for a balsamic reduction which can be purchased or made.  If you decide to prepare your own, simply pour a good quality (but inexpensive) vinegar in a saucepan and cook until thickened.  The balsamic reduction can be used in other recipes besides this pizza.  I like it drizzled over strawberries with ice cream for dessert.

French Bread Caprese Pizzas


1 loaf French bread, sliced in half
garlic olive oil
2 to 3 tomatoes. sliced
1 bunch basil, chiffonade
2 (8 oz.) balls fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
balsamic vinegar reduction
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2: Brush the garlic olive oil generously on the two halves of bread.  Place the bread on a baking tray and top with mozzarella cheese and tomato. Season with salt and pepper

Step 3: Bake the French bread pieces for 10 to 13 minutes or until the bread has toasted and the cheese has slightly melted.  Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Step 4:  Drizzle the pizzas with the balsamic reduction and top with fresh strands of basil.

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