What is a pizza toast and how do you prepare it?

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First there was the New York style, then the deep dish. Somewhere in between was grilled and Detroit-style pizza. Now, it looks like the next chapter of the pizza book will be about toast.

Yes, pizza toast is becoming a thing, just ask TikTok. It makes sense because the pizza size has covered everything from bagels to crackers. Why not bread? After all, traditional pizza is made with dough. Toast offers that familiarity with an actual texture. And with so many toast options as well as countless permutations of toppings, pizza toast is everything you want, a personalized snack based on an Italian classic. It’s like a personal pizza, only square.

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One of the things you should experiment with the most is your base. Try different types of bread, from rich Japanese milk or classic white bread to sourdough or whole wheat. For more traditional pizza recipes, the simpler breads tend to work best. Tastier options like rye or breads with lots of seeds and other add-ins can sometimes get in the way of pizza additions.

It would also be wise to play around with your sauce and types of cheese. Try a good vodka sauce or something with truffle oil. In terms of cheese, mozzarella is king, but you can also use provolone, gruyere, parmesan, ricotta, goat cheese, burrata, etc.

What to have it with? The wine, of course. If you’re dealing with a classic red sauce, you can’t go wrong with a good Chianti. If the emphasis is less on tomato and more on cheese, olive oil and vegetable toppings like mushrooms, try a bright white like Pinot Grigio or Muscadet.

We’ve included a recipe to set you apart from the trend. So the next time you fancy a smaller, rustic version of za or just want to impress some friends with something a little different, give it a try. Pizza toast is both easy to make and delicious, and the recipe below will get you started.

Pizza Toast Recipe

Ham and cheese pizza toast topped with herbs.

This recipe from Simply Delicious is about as easy as it gets. This is a great way to try with a standard oven, but you can also opt for the broil and/or bake element with an air fryer or toaster oven.

Preparation time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 to 8 slices of toasted bread
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of oregano
  • toppings of your choice

Method

  1. Preheat your oven grill.
  2. Place toast on a baking sheet and spread a generous amount of pizza sauce on top.
  3. Top with a handful of cheese and any other toppings.
  4. Sprinkle oregano on top.
  5. Place in the oven and bake until the cheese is melted.
  6. Take out of the oven and let cool down.

Recommended equipment

Tips and tricks

It is highly recommended to have fresh herbs like basil and rosemary on hand as they can be added as a topping at the end to bring the pizza to life. For optimal roasting, drizzle a little olive oil on each side of your slice of bread before toasting or placing it in the oven. Also, try adding some honey to the finished product. You will not regret it.

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