I buy whatever thin crust frozen pizza is on sale, because it is often cheaper than just buying frozen pizza crusts.
I take off all ot the meat and veggie toppings, and if needed put on some more pizza sauce. Sprinkle lightly with some dollar store Italian seasoning. Put on about a half of a small bag of good quality shredded Italian blend cheese, and another light sprinkle of Italian seasoning. Replace the meats and veggies, plus add some of my own. The dollar store has bags of very good frozen pepper and onion blends, and throw a handful or two on top. Optionally, a small 2 for a dollar can of mushroom pieces and stems, anchovies, and whatever else I might have around. Even though I am in Texas, resulting in threats of severe bodily harm, I flatly refuse to put jalapeños on my pizza. Pineapple is for upside down cake, not pizza.
Bake as stated on the original box in a preheated old toaster oven, directly on the rusty rack, except raise the temperature 5 or 10 degrees, and add a minute or to the baking time.
Better than the fancy and snobbish restaurants, but a lot cheaper.
I use all of the savings to buy goodies here on Meh
@iwilsker We used to get 10 frozen pizzas for $10 with a coupon at Jewel here. I don’t think we ever removed ingredients but we piled on additional ones much like you described. You could make some decent pizzas out of those.
We can get Eduardo’s frozen pizzas here now; those are pretty decent with only minor additions.
Don’t really care for frozen pizza but Wewalka brand refrigerated thin pizza crust is really good for diy pizza. Partially bake the crust first before topping. I don’t like much sauce so a bit of tomato paste with Penzey’s frozen pizza seasoning and olive oil. Italian blend cheese, toppings of choice; pepperoni, black and green olives, mushrooms, salami, ground beef or Italian sausage, more frozen pizza seasoning, and a bit of shredded parmesan
If there is a prefect food, it’s pizza! I have a saying that there’s no such thing as bad pizza, just some pizza is better than others! I agree with an above opinion that California thin crust is a pretty good frozen pizza.
I’m a Nu Yawka transplanted to south west Ohio. Pizza options, while plentiful for nonNYers, are non existant for me. Frozen it is - Red Baron’s 5 Cheese if available. Jack’s Half &Half otherwise.
I have chased down nearly every “NY style” joint out here, including one literally up the road that was just featured in two different national food columns. They lie.
I have to admit Kroger’s gourmet line of pizza has a white spinach one that can warm the cockles of my heart once in a while, but until I hie back to NY for a visit, all I can do is dream of a good thin foldable slice.
Frozen pizza is fine, as long as it isn’t being judge against real pizza. There’s a reason that it costs $3 - $6 and the same size pie from a local pizzeria will cause 3 times that. I’m not knocking it, I actually prefer some frozen brands to Pizza Hut and Papa Johns, but its clearly inferior to most mom and pop places.
pizza in general is a food that, while it tastes good most of the time, if i lived alone i would probably never eat it again because there is just always another food i would rather have that isn’t pizza. so frozen pizza? no. but if it was somehow the only thing possible to eat, i wouldn’t struggle to get it down or anything.
my partner though is the complete opposite. he could live on pizza. he’s always in the mood for pizza and doesn’t get tired of it. pizza rolls, pizza hot pockets, deep dish, ny style, greek style, frozen, good or bad, he loves it all. right now his favorite frozen iteration is the red baron three meat french bread variety. he just had one for dinner last night and will probably have another one today for lunch.
I can’t remember when we last had a frozen pizza, but I do know it was meh at best. It’s Papa Murphy’s fresh made, bake at home for us. No one delivers out here in the sticks and if they did it wouldn’t be hot anyway.
Been working from home for almost six years, so quick/easily prepared lunches have been a staple for me for some time. Of course frozen pizza isn’t as good as the real thing, but it’s a fraction of the cost, and I can put it in the oven while finishing up tasks before lunch.
The tough part for me is regulating calories. I do low-level counting, and I try to stay in the 700-900 range for lunch (~2,400/day). Most personal-size frozen pizzas are in the 350-500 range, while full-size ones are 1,000+, much higher if it’s larger or has lots of meats as toppings.
For a while, I bought thin crust cheese because they were at least close to the 1,000 calorie mark, but now I just buy regular ones and eat half one day, half the next. I have a countertop convection oven, so they’re still crispy as leftovers. Pizza warmed up in a microwave is a hard no for me.
I like Trader Joe’s frozen pizzas. They have one with mushrooms and truffles that’s really good, I stock up on them every time I’m there. Also plum market has some that are made on naan bread bread, the cilantro one is really good.
I have two types of frozen pizza in my freezer right now.
Screamin’ Sicilian Bessie’s revenge and Stouffer’s French Bread Pepperoni. I love them so much. I open up the jar of anchovies and add a few to either one and I’m just so happy afterwards. LOVE FROZEN PIZZA.
Here in St Louis, there is Lena’s, made by the Imo’s folks. True thin crust. Provel. 4-meat and Deluxe are the bomb. Dirt cheap and easier than delivery. Available at Aldi’s, Target, Schnucks and Dierbergs. Spectacular with the Penzey’s Frozen Pizza seasoning above and adding some sliced green olives.
/image Lena’s four meat pizza
Also delicious are the Four Hands Brewery pizzas that have a local flair. Our favorite is the Lion’s Choice Pizza. We usually add some extra roast beef. It really does taste like the sandwich in pizza form.