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French bread pizza with tomato, mozzarella, basil and balsamic-garlic drizzle



French bread pizza with tomato, mozzarella, basil and balsamic-garlic drizzle
Baguette halves topped with gooey mozzarella cheese, balsamic and garlic infused tomatoes, and fresh basil. It's a simple but mouthwatering combination of classic Italian flavors, with a French twist.

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic—minced
1 large baguette
6 oz (180g) grated mozzarella cheese
4 ripe tomatoes—sliced
A handful of small fresh basil leaves

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

WHISK together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar and garlic in a small bowl until well combined. PREHEAT the oven to 200°C/400°F. CUT the baguette in half horizontally, then cut in half lengthways to make four pieces. PLACE the pieces, cut side up, on a baking tray. SPRINKLE the cheese in an even layer over each base. ARRANGE equal amounts of the sliced tomatoes on top. DRIZZLE or brush the vinegar-oil-garlic mixture over the tomatoes. BAKE for 10 minutes, then remove from the oven and transfer to a serving plate. SPRINKLE with a little salt and freshly ground pepper then arrange the fresh basil leaves evenly on top. SERVE immediately.

Variations: Use fresh mozzarella if you can get it, and arrange it in thin slices on the baguette bases before adding the tomato. If your basil leaves are on the large side, just roughly chop or tear them first. If you want to add some more protein then anchovies, prosciutto, diced ham or chunks of good-quality canned tuna are all tasty options.

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