Please Don’t Nuke the Pizza!

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As a kid, me and my siblings would hog-pile around the pizza box in the morning and eat it at room temp. Nowadays I don’t like it as much as I did then, but admittedly still do it from time to time. Some put it in the microwave…Ewe!

And some go as far as to heat up the oven and attempt to recapture the same YUM as the night before. That rarely, if ever happens. But then I got an idea one day.

Revelations come in all forms

My sister and I had about eight squares left from the previous night’s indulgence and wanted to finish it for lunch that day before it was inedible.

It was a hot summer day, and I didn’t want to fire up the oven and I really didn’t want it microwaved either. I looked up from our stove top to the hanging pot rack and immediately thought about the quesadillas I make via the dry-non-stick skillet. Sounds odd I know, but stay with me here.

Putting a non-stick skillet on low to med-low heat and setting your pizza slices in the pan for about 5-7min makes the crust almost better than when you ate it fresh from the night before. If it is right out of the fridge, let it sit for 15-20min on the counter or slap a lid on it for at least half the time and it will remelt the cheese and get everything else nice and warm.

Tasty Do-over’s

We were so thrilled with it we tried it with some leftover frozen pizza and it actually made it better. I mean light, crispy, and fresh tasting…not even remotely like frozen pizza. As simple as it was to do, it made all the difference in the world. I can’t tell you how many leftover frozen pizzas went straight to the trash prior to this discovery. I don’t know about you, but I feel wasteful when I throw out food that isn’t spoiled. And it was purchased with hard earned money…it feels like I am setting fire to a $5 dollar bill. I challenge you to give this a try next time you are staring at cold leftover pizza…you’ll be thanking the non-stick skillet people and even more important- NEVER nuking pizza again!

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