I first came across this recipe concept on tiktok, where Hailey Bieber posted her pizza toast recipe video. The order of layers are different to what you’d expect on a pizza which interested me. She toasts the bread in oil and places the cheese onto the toast first, then adding tomato, marinara and parmesan to top.
She also used truffle oil and burrata which looked delicious, but I knew I could make some budget swaps to make this recipe more accessible and affordable whilst still being super tasty.
It’s a great lunch recipe to pair with a green side salad or to swap in place of pizza as a healthier alternative.
These tomatoes have the best structure for the pizza toast. They’re juicy, but have more of a fleshy inside that means your toast won’t be soggy. So fresh and delicious.
For our marinara, paired with oregano for delicious pizza vibes.
I use low fat mozzarella, patted dry to reduce excess moisture. This is cheaper than low moisture mozzarella and of course a lot cheaper than burrata.
For our crispy cheese topping.
This fresh herb gets layered within the toast and also acts as a garnish on top.
I love the texture and chew of sourdough, which is strong enough to hold all of the toppings we layer on top of it.
A little hint of garlic, infused and rubbed into the toast.
Preheat the oven to180°C fan
Prep the slices beef tomatoes and of mozzarella on a chopping board, ready for the pizza toast topping.
Then add the sourdough into a frying pan on a medium heat with a little drizzle of oil. Whilst the toast is frying, rub the garlic clove on the side facing up to infuse into the bread. Fry in batches of 2.
Fry each side for around 2 minutes, or until golden. Then place on a baking tray.
With a paper towel, pat the slices of mozzarella to remove any excess moisture before placing onto the toast. Then add a layer of basil and beef tomatoes then add a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil, season with salt and pop in the oven for 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and add a layer of passata (around 2 tbsp per slice of toast), grated parmesan and a sprinkle of oregano.
Pop back in the oven for 5 minutes. Serve with more fresh basil and enjoy!
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
You could prepare the ingredients ahead of time to save some time, if you’re in a rush and then can make in your lunch break. I’d definitely cook the toast when you’re ready to eat though as you want both cheeses to be melted and for the tomato to be freshly cooked.
Is this recipe healthy?
This pizza toast recipe is definitely a healthy substitute for a pizza. The portion size is small, so it pairs perfectly with a side of greens, which would add nutrients and make this meal nutritionally balanced.