One of the great joys in life is cold pizza for breakfast.
Actually cold pizza and orange juice. So yummy. Pizza is actually pretty good any dang time, any dang way. Sometimes though you really do want it slightly warmer than arctic.
Last night, about 12:30, I was feeling a bit peckish (that’s hungry, in American parlance). I had some pizza in the fridge – pepperoni & mushroom – but I wanted it hot. I just had a taste for the ooey-gooeyness of melted cheese.
I don’t currently have a microwave, so the only way to get the ooey-gooey would have been to pop it in the oven, ramp up the temp and be careful not to let it burn. Then I recalled something I had run into during my travels on the interwebz – heating up cold pizza in a frying pan. I think it was in some “life hack” article. I decided to try this.
Cold pizza would have been a quick shot to the fridge then right back.
But cold is not what I wanted, so I did the responsible adult thing – I didn’t indulge in late night snacking. Okay, I only did it ‘cuz reheating would take time and my lazy overcame my hungry/ooey-gooey urge, but still – I did something responsible. (We must take joy in the little things, no matter how they come to us.)
Besides, I wasn’t sure if you needed to add something to the pan besides the pizza, and I wasn’t gonna take the time to start the computer and look it up. Also, the bed was so nice and warm.
So, fast forward to morning and pizza for breakfast is on my mind. Fired up the computer, found something, then set out to test this method. It’s supposed to crisp the crust and get you to a nice level of ooey-gooey. Does it work? Um … hell yeah!
Heating it up in the frying pan is a great method that beats zapping in the microwave or sticking it in the oven. In the microwave, if you’re not careful, you could end up with pockets of tongue-destroying molten lava and borders of granite strong hardened crust. In the oven, you’ll get hot, but the crispness won’t really be where you want it. Frying it up in the pan gets you a good crispy crust and melty goodness.
You have to start it off at a low temp and it does take a few minutes for it to heat up properly. Eventually you’ll see the solid mass of cheese loosen up and start to glisten. Just keep checking on it and pretty soon it’ll be like the pizza was just brought fresh to your door. Just make sure you don’t over crisp the crust in your quest for the ooey gooey.