Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Difficulty: Extremely Easy!
I know there are some leftover haters out there. It's okay...I confess, I used to be one of them! Growing up, I did not understand the concept of eating a meal twice in a row, so as you can imagine, our dog was well-fed...sorry Mom if you're reading this...now you know;) Also, when it came to leftovers and wasting food, another thing I did not understand, my mom would often refer to a money tree growing in the backyard...except I never saw one! Crazy parents! :)
As a mom of three, I totally get the concept of leftovers, saving money, wasting less, and of course, the money tree. (I have been known to tease our teenage children occasionally...they look at me like I am crazy...crazy kids).
I see leftovers as a creative challenge to create new masterpieces, to save money, and to waste less. Amen! For this round of leftovers, I made Tex-Mex French Bread Pizzas, using leftover chicken, sweet and robust Cherchies® Black Bean & Corn Salsa, savory Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning Blend, and of course French Bread and gooey cheese! Sounds dreamy, right? These pizzas hit all the flavor notes and were devoured in minutes!
If you have not added French Bread Pizzas to your recipe cache, you need to do so, and this Tex-Mex version will quickly become a family favorite! Your pizzas will disappear and so will your leftovers! The money tree? Not so much!
What is your favorite French Bread Pizza Recipe? We would love to hear from you! Thank you for stopping by:)
- Leftover cooked chicken or turkey, diced (leftover ground meat or any meat for that matter would work)
- 1 baguette or Italian bread, sliced in half vertically
- Spaghetti or pizza sauce
- Cherchies® Black Bean & Corn Salsa
- Cherchies® Chardonnay Lime & Cilantro Seasoning Blend
- About 2 cups of shredded Mexican cheese (but who's measuring?)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice a baguette or Italian bread in half vertically. Place bread halves on a baking sheet. Spread each slice with a generous amount of spaghetti or pizza sauce (maybe 1 cup? It all depends on the size of the bread). Sprinkle the diced chicken or turkey over the bread halves.
If you're wondering about the brown stuff in the first picture, it's taco meat. I also had leftover taco meat I added to one half of the pizza (a previous pizza night:) Plop the pizzas into the oven and bake for about 10-15 minutes, or until pizza is golden brown and the cheese is melty. Slice into individual portions and enjoy!