I love pizza. I could eat it every day, I think.
Living in Kentucky, college basketball is the thing most everyone loves. I’ve never been a sports fan. But University of Kentucky basketball is so important here that even our fire hydrants were painted “Wildcat Blue” for several years. I told someone once the only reason I paid attention to who won games was that Papa John’s Pizza gives 45 percent off your order the day after a UK win. You can’t really pass that sort of thing up!
There’s always pizza left over, which brings up the dilemma of just how to reheat it so it’s tasty. When I was in college, I never heated it up. Grab a cold slice from the fridge and you’re good to go. These days, I enjoy the chill knocked off it a little.
Until recently, my method was to put my slice on the rack in the toaster oven and heat until warm. I like my pizza a little crispy on the bottom and nice and melty/fluffy on top. Since I’ve been having to sit down while cooking, I took to the internet to see if heating pizza in a skillet was an option. It is. Where have I been all this time!
To reheat the pizza I place it in my cold skillet and set the burner on medium—275 degrees for regular crust, 225 for thin crust. Put on a lid and wait. Like a crock pot, resisting the temptation to lift the lid is the hardest part. Some steam needs to build up in there, especially with thicker crusts. This allows the bottom to get nice and crisp, while the middle gets nice and fluffy and the cheese is nice and melty!
Of course, being a fan of cute food, or perhaps needing to make the whole process more complicated, I cut my pizza slices into appetizer sizes. I have thin crust pizzas cut in squares when I order them. When reheating, I cut each square into strips. For thicker crust, triangle shaped slices, I cut off the point then cut the remainder into strips. Yeah, I know. It’s odd. But it also makes my brain think I’m eating a lot of pizza!
This skillet reheating method also works really well with chicken, too. Fried chicken becomes extra crispy, and baked chicken becomes fried. Wings especially do well. I’m thinking bagels might taste good heated this way.
So, there’s my quirky pizza reheating method. Do you reheat your pizza? How do you like it?