Frozen pizzas are the perfect go-to meal when weeks and households get busy. In addition to the taste, they’re easy to love because they require little effort to make and cleanup is a breeze. While cheese pizza is always a classic favorite, why not mix it up a bit? From your favorite fresh veggies to a garlic crust, we’re sharing our top five frozen pizza tips:
Tip 1: Top with a Salad
Fresh greens atop a frozen pizza is an excellent way to make this dinner a complete meal. Our favorite salad-pizza combo is a fresh arugula salad with lemon and Parmesan. Simply toss the arugula with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and shaved Parmesan, then place onto your slices and enjoy! You can even keep it simple with some fresh spinach, sliced tomatoes, avocado and oil.
Tip 2: Garnish the Crust
Brushing the crust with olive oil or garlic butter keeps the crust from getting dry and adds flavor. When there’s about two minutes left, brush the outer crust with garlic butter or olive oil. Add a sprinkle of black pepper or grated Parmesan and watch as your crust browns to crispy perfection.
Tip 3: Get Inspired
Sure, traditional pizzas typically have Italian flavors, but why not look to other countries for inspiration? Add goat cheese, thyme and figs for a French flair or olives, feta, oregano and lemon for a taste of Greece. Try fresh cilantro, black beans, corn, hot sauce and a queso drizzle for a south-of-the-border update. For a farm-fresh touch, try adding avocado or thin fruit slices.
Tip 4: Ditch the Baking Sheet
Baking sheets and pizza stones often keep the steam from escaping, so we suggest placing the pizza directly on the middle rack of the oven. This will allow for the hot air to surround the entire pizza and make the crust especially crispy. Simply slide the frozen pie directly onto the rack and enjoy your pizza’s perfect crunch.
Tip 5: Let it Cool
Once your pizza is done baking, let it cool for 2–3 minutes before slicing. We know you’re excited to bite into your fresh-from-the-oven pizza, but waiting allows the cheese to settle and reduces the risk of burning the roof of your mouth.