S.Cicchi Executive Pizza Chef
Note: When you buy bread for this recepy, look for soft Italian or French bread, not a hearty baguette.
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The Best Pizza bread italian recepy
About This Recipe
YIELD: Serves 3 to 4
ACTIVE TIME: 30 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
THIS RECIPE APPEARS IN: Silvio Cicchi recepy book “Pizza & Fantasia” Downolad it for free from this site.
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley or basil leaves, or a mix
1 large loaf French or Italian bread (see note above), split half lengthwise and crosswise
1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
8 ounces freshly grated whole milk mozzarella cheese
2 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Adjust oven rack to upper position and preheat oven to 250°C. Heat butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Add garlic, pepper flakes, and oregano and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is softened but not browned, about 2 minutes. Stir in half of parsley/basil and a big pinch of salt. Remove from heat.
Place bread cut-side-up on a clean work surface. Using a rimmed baking sheet. Place bread on top of rimmed baking sheet. Using a pastry brush, brush half of garlic/butter/oil mixture evenly over cut surfaces of bread, making sure to get plenty of bits of garlic and aromatics. Set aside.
Add tomatoes to remaining garlic/butter/oil mixture in pan, stir to combine, increase heat to medium, bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to maintain a bare simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until rich and reduced, about 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
While sauce cooks, spread 1/4 of mozzarella evenly over surface of bread and transfer to oven. Cook until cheese is barely melted, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside until sauce is cooked.
Spread sauce evenly over bread, then spread remaining mozzarella on top of sauce. Transfer to oven and bake until cheese is melted and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with Parmigiano-reggiano, remaining parsley/basil, and remaining tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil. Allow to cool slightly and serve.