Anytime something can perform double duty in the kitchen, it’s a winner with me. Pizza Bruschetta is a perfect size for little hands and makes a delicious lunch, but as much as the kids enjoyed it, Pizza Brushetta is a hit with the grown-ups (and the teenagers) as an appetizer too.
They are super easy to pull together and are a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen – rubbing on the garlic, “painting” on the olive oil and of course adding the toppings. Switching up the toppings can be fun too. Use what you have on hand, your favorite standards or try something new.
These Pizza Bruschetta are also healthy. The pizza sauce I used is the Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce from the Weelicious Lunches Cookbook and it’s amazing. The kids eat it right off the spoon and it makes a great replacement for ketchup. I have a few tomato based sauces that I make, that are packed with loads of vegetables. I love them because the added vegetables add so much flavor to the sauce. This Veggie Heavy Pizza Sauce is definitely one of my favorites.
I also love that when friends with kids stop by, I can whip these up and everyone is happy.
- 1 baguette loaf
- 2 cloves of garlic, cut in half
- olive oil
- 1 cup of pizza sauce
- 3/4 cup of broccoli, chopped
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Slice baguette into 1/4 inch slices. Depending on the size of the baguette, you should get 20-30 slices.
- Arrange baguette slices, in a single layer, on an ungreased baking sheet and bake until lightly brown, about 4 minutes per side.
- Rub the top side of each baguette slices with the garlic and brush with olive oil.
- Top each toasted slice with pizza sauce, broccoli and cheese.
- Return to oven until the cheese is melted, about 3 minutes.
- Top with a bit more cheese if desired.