We all love pizza, don't we? Whether we're talking about takeaway pizza, homemade pizza or restaurant quality pie; for me, cheese plus tomato sauce plus dough always equals happiness. But today, let's focus on a type of pizza often forgotten when singing the praises of the cheesy pizza pie: the frozen pizza.
Frozen pizzas are great for those lazy Sunday evenings, where cooking is beyond you, takeaway would be too expensive and going out to eat would require you to put on pants. We've already talked before about one way to get the most out of your frozen pizza, but here are a few more glorious frozen pizza hacks.
1. Before you put it into the oven, add a little Cacio e Peppe
As you wait for your oven to preheat, your mouth watering slightly at the delicious pizza you're going to enjoy in a matter of minutes, why not add a bit of freshly-grated pecorino, plus some ground black pepper? You can thank me later.
2. Add a little vodka
Bear with me here - I'm not trying to get you drunk. This time. Though by adding a little vodka sauce and grated parmesan to a nice cheesy pie, you might have a pretty unique dining experience on your hands. Plus, the alcohol in the vodka sauce will evaporate while it's cooking in the oven. So you have nothing to worry about.
3. Top with crispy kale...
Pizza isn't exactly what you call a health food, I know, but before you shove your delicious dinner into the oven, feel free to add some kale. Not only will it enhance the taste of your pie by a considerable amount, but it'll also make it a ton healthier. Maybe some spinach too? If it's good enough for Popeye, it's definitely good enough for you...
4. Or maybe with some Brussels sprouts
I know what you're thinking - how dare I ruin a pizza with Brussels sprouts! I must be some kind of monster. My advice, though, is not to knock it until you've tried it. If you've got a white or cheese pizza which doesn't quite have what you're looking for yet, add some shredded Brussels sprouts, and add some olive oil. Once it's out of the oven, add some grated cheese, lemon zest and crushed red pepper for a quite delightful pie. Trust me on this one.
5. After the pizza comes out of the oven, sweeten things up
So you've got your pizza, fresh out of the oven. Be sure to use oven mitts! I learned that harsh lesson the hard way the other day. But for an interesting twist on a long time favorite, drizzle equal parts honey and Sriracha to your cooked frozen pizza. Add some jalapeños, and you've got yourself a heck of a dinner.
6. A few cured meats may actually be the cure for your hunger
Let's say they didn't have any pepperoni at the grocery store. Or, let's say you had the opportunity to buy a pepperoni pizza but plumped for cheese pizza, and now you regret your decision. Either way, I'm here for you: instead of slicing some chorizo or pepperoni on there and calling it a day, why not go a little bit fancier, and add some prosciutto or chopped pepperoncini?
7. Or perhaps some Southern flair?
Got some BBQ flavor Pringles sitting around in your pantry. Don't answer that: I know the answer is "yes". So if you've got a margherita pizza that could use a bit of a Southern twist, sprinkle some crushed-up BBQ chips all over that pizza. With a little bit of parsley, I think your dinner just went up a level.
8. Make things really cheesy
I don't know about you, but I always think that the cheese you get on a frozen pizza is good, but there definitely could be more of it. Melted cheese is, of course, wonderful, but some shredded Burrata, liberally-applied to a pie can definitely take your pizza to the next level, especially with some drizzled olive oil and anchovies to boot.
Well, guys, I don't know about you, but there are definitely a few tricks on here that I'd like to try out next time I cook a frozen pizza. You know what they say - there's no such thing as a bad pizza, and with these hacks, you can make any pizza more than just the sum of its prepackaged parts.