Facebook is our recipe source today! I saw this pizza sub made in time lapse photography on a Buzzfeed Tasty post and thought it would be fun to make for my grandkids when I babysat. The opportunity came up a couple of days later and I was off to buy the ingredients and impress the kids with my idea!
I hollowed out 4 sub buns by cutting a rectangle out of the centers and plucking out the filling with my fingers. I put the removed pieces into a zippered bag to save for my next egg bake.
Next I added a good layer of shredded Mozzarella cheese in each sub.
I bought a jar of pizza sauce although really I could have made my own pretty easily. But I went with their directions and made it simple. I ladled a good amount of sauce into each of the subs.
Next came another layer of Mozzarella and I really added quite a bit. I used 6 cups of cheese in the 3 subs, so about 2 cups each.
The final layer was the pepperoni. Not being huge on pepperoni I stuck to the original kind, without heat or spicy seasonings. The kids aren’t into burn so I kept it light. I tucked them into the subs, putting them close together all the way down. With a sprinkling of the random Mozzarella left in one package, they were finished!
I put them into the preheated oven and baked them for 25 minutes. The kids were hovering, excited to try the new pizza boats.
I removed the pan from the oven and cut the breads into slices. The kids loved it! I’d wondered if the bread would get dry and tough but no! It was crispy on the outside but moist and soft on the inside still.
The kids had fun with the name “Pizza Boats”. They came up with the better name of “Subizza”. They said they were subs that tasted like pizzas, hence the new name. They were happy to gobble up pieces and asked that I make it again and again. That is a bullseye in my world. They aren’t always happy with my new food ideas! And their daddy came home from work and was also pleased with the meal. Double bullseye!
Subizzas (or Pizza Boats)
Loaf of French bread
Mozzarella cheese; shredded
Jar of Pizza Sauce
(amounts will vary depending on how many you are feeding of course)
Optional: sliced olives, sliced peppers, anything you’d put on a pizza
Hollow out loaves of bread using a knife and your fingers.
Fill with layer of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Spoon layer of pizza sauce down the middle over the cheese.
Cover with another layer of shredded cheese.
Tuck pieces of pepperoni into the openings.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
Cut into pieces and serve.
Adapted from Buzzfeed Tasty