To some, a frozen cheese pizza is an end in itself. To those of us in the RELAXnation kitchens, it is but a starting point – a blank canvass upon which even a novice can create a masterpiece. All it takes is the will…plus a few canned goods or leftovers. Let us begin.
An easy and dramatic way to soup up a plain frozen pizza is with a few drops of good olive oil. Add a light drizzle across the entire pizza about half way through the baking. You’ll be amazed what a dabble of the good stuff can do.
Another simple improvement is a sprinkling of dried red pepper flakes or chopped fresh herbs like basil or oregano. Combine them with the olive oil trick and you can’t go wrong. Pesto sauce can work miracles all by itself. Maybe you have an open jar in the fridge? Spread some on after the pizza has cooled a bit.
What about cheese? Sure, you can always heap on more shredded mozzarella, but why not mix it up a little? Add a couple slices of some fresh mozzarella, or a few dollops of goat cheese. Maybe a little fresh grated Parmesan or Romano.
How about meat? You can’t fail with the classics: some good deli pepperoni or salami or real Italian sausage (pre-cooked, of course). But why stop there? Crumbled bacon is fantastic on anything. What about roast chicken or even ground beef?
Vegetable-wise, the options are almost limitless. Maybe you’ve got some canned mushrooms or olives hanging around in the pantry. Perhaps a few sun-dried tomatoes in a jar? Canned artichokes are fantastic paired with good cheese and chicken. And what about fresh spinach leaves? You can layer them on and drizzle them with a little olive oil.
Truly, when it comes to frozen pizza, the world is your oyster. Just remember not to get too carried away and overload your creation, or you’ll be left with a soggy mess. Use three or four ingredients, tops. Otherwise, let inspiration carry you away!
Maestro, the kitchen awaits.