French bread pepperoni pizzas
Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F (232 C)
Slice your French sub rolls length wise like you're making a sandwich.
Spread a tablespoon of butter on each slice of bread and toast under the broiler until the butter is melted and the bread is browning and crisping up. This keeps the bread from getting too soggy under the sauce/cheese.
Add each slice to a baking sheet or cookie sheet, buttered side up.
Spread 3 or 4 tablespoons of pizza sauce on each slice of bread. Make sure to get the sauce all the way to the edges of the bread.
Top the sauce with cheese. Make sure you have an even coating of cheese on each slice of bread.
Add your toppings (in this case, pepperoni - but other pizza toppings would work well here too). Sprinkle the toppings around each slice for an even distribution.
Sprinkle a pinch of fennel seed around the top.
Add the sheet pan full of French bread pizzas to the oven and bake for 10 to 15 minutes until the cheese is melty and browning a little. Depending on your oven, you might want to take a quick peek at your pizzas around the 10-minute mark.
If you want a really browned top, you can turn on the broiler for just a minute or two and broil the pizzas. BUT pay very close attention if you try this, it will go from epically toasty to tragically burned quickly if you're not paying attention.
Remove pizzas from the oven top with grated parmesan and red chili flakes (if desired) and enjoy.
I like to take two French bread pizzas and flip them on top of each other to create a super comforting, melty and gooey sandwich. You should try it too!