Pizza Baguettes

Most of the time, when dinner or lunch is “leftovers”, it is hard to get excited. Even when you create a new dish out of already cooked ingredients, like my cheeseboard quiche, because the ingredients are not fresh, and at the end of their life, you often lose something. Obviously, to help the environment, and to be fiscally and gastronomically responsible, we want to eat up leftovers as much as possible. So finding recipes which make the most of them, and actually get people excited about eating them, is a worthwhile endeavor.

Here’s one of my favourite recipes for leftovers, pizza baguettes. The only ingredient you need in your store-cupboard, that isn’t leftovers, is tomato purée. Since you can buy tomato purée in squeezy tubes now, we tend to have one or two of these sitting in the fridge ready to be made use of here. Otherwise, it’s stale bread, and leftover cheese you might have, some herbs and spices, and whatever toppings you have or fancy. Sometimes we bother getting one or two extra ingredients fresh, or you can even go the whole whack and just make pizzas. But usually this lunchtime treat is just what we have lying around, and, given how quick and easy to make they are, it’s a wonder we don’t make them more.

Home-made Pizza Baguettes

Pizza Baguettes

Recipe here is for one person, but you can easily make more.

Ingredients:
One stale half baguette
Tomato purée (approx 2 tbsp)
BBQ sauce (optional)
Leftovers for toppings (I like ham, mushrooms, and red onion)
Cheese, to finish

Recipe:
Make the baguettes. Preheat the grill to a low heat, about 160ºC. Cut the baguette in half lengthways, then spread the tomato purée and BBQ sauce on, if using. Add your ingredients, then top with the cheese. Place under the grill for around 5 minutes until the bread browns and the cheese melts.

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