Let’s set one thing straight–frozen pizza is not a compromise, it’s an opportunity.
An opportunity to eat the pizza you want–nay, deserve!–without navigating yourself through an online ordering system, waiting for the doorbell ring that never seems to come, then scrambling to find cash to tip the delivery person once it finally does.
Here’s the thing–I love pizza. I generally eat it at least once a week, so I kind of consider myself something of an expert on eating pizza. And I will be the first to spell it out for you–there are 3 basic categories of pizza: frozen pizza, delivery pizza, and real pizza. Each is delightful in its own right, when the time is right. That said, in my years of research I have found that even if I am craving delivery pizza or legit brick oven pizza… frozen pizza can satisfy. Part of its satisfaction factor can be attributed to the fact that I didn’t have to leave my apartment or wait for someone else to come to my apartment to enjoy this pizza, and the rest can be attributed to the fact that frozen pizza is always delicious.
As a dear friend and former roommate once said, frozen pizza is what you call a MUP–most underrated player. And that’s mostly because most people don’t know what the hell they’re doing.
So here, the #1 rule for enjoying frozen pizza:
The frozen pizza you buy is not the frozen you eat.
The frozen pizza is but a blank canvas for your customization… You have to legitimize it. You have to make it your own. In other words, you have to doctor it up with fresher ingredients to give it a boost of life. Most any frozen pizza that you purchase will be in need of fresh vegetables and some minced fresh garlic. While you can most definitely use your frozen pizza to serve as a vehicle to meet your highly specific pizza needs, I typically just throw on whatever scraps I have around. Here is a list of common items that you can layer on before baking to exponentially up the quality of your frozen pizza experience:
- thinly sliced mushrooms
- roasted peppers
- arugula or spinach
- sliced olives
- minced fresh garlic
- thinly sliced tomato
- finely chopped broccoli florets
- chopped scallions
- shaved or chopped asparagus
- thinly sliced red onion
- fresh oregano
- fresh basil
- crumbled goat or feta cheese
- a sprinkling of fresh grated Parmesan cheese
- cooked and crumbled bacon
- strips of prosciutto
- some leftover, torn up rotisserie chicken
Those are my suggestions, but I’d love to hear some of your recommendations for how to doctor up a frozen pizza in the comments below. And just in case you need a recipe for this…
Highly Enjoyable Frozen Pizza
-1 frozen pizza (brand of your choosing)
-a liberal sense of adventure and enthusiasm
-whatever add-ons you fancy most
1. Combine all ingredients. Bake according to package instructions. Be happy.