Don’t want to wait for delivery? Frozen pizza is fast and cheap, but as a meal, it sometimes leaves something to be desired. Fortunately, it’s easy to upgrade this lazy weeknight staple with the addition of a few toppings (many people won’t eat a from-the-freezer slice unless it’s been doctored up) and a few other tricks. If you’re looking for ways to take your pizza from “blah” to “yum,” here are some ideas.
1. Treat the crust
The crust on a frozen pizza is rarely, if ever, as good as the crust on a fresh pie. Nonetheless, there are a few things you can do to make your pizza’s base a bit more palatable.
The Guardian suggests rubbing a little olive oil into the edge of a frozen pizza, which should help soften a dry, overly bready crust. The pizza experts at ManMade echo that suggestion and also recommend poking small holes in the bottom of the crust before baking. To keep all the toppings from falling off, you’ll need to do this before you remove the plastic wrapping. The holes let steam escape from the pizza and make for a crust that’s less limp. If your goal is crispy crust, you’ll also want to cook your frozen pizza directly on the oven rack, not on a pizza stone or baking sheet.