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Playing White French Bread Pizza


  • 1 large or 2 small heads garlic
  • EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups fresh ricotta
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon, divided
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella or mild provolone, shredded
  • 1 14- to 16-inch loaf ciabatta bread, halved lengthwise then across, creating 4 pizza crusts
  • 2 cups arugula


Serves: 4


Preheat oven to 425F.

To roast garlic, cut the top off the whole bulbs to expose cloves. Dress with a little EVOO and season with salt and pepper (fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs make tasty roasting companions as well). Wrap tightly in foil and roast until tender and light caramel in color, about 45-60 minutes. Let cool.

In a medium bowl, mix ricotta with lemon zest, pepper flakes, thyme 1/2 cup of Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt and pepper.

Arrange pizza crusts on 2 rimmed baking sheets. Spread roasted garlic on the cut side of the bread and top with ricotta mixture then sprinkle with the rest of the Parmigiano-Reggiano and fresh mozzarella. Bake to golden, 12-15 minutes.

In a large bowl, toss arugula with lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper to top pizzas when they come out of the oven.