Transform your leftover pizza into gooey, crispy perfection once again with these three simple tricks. All done in 5 minutes or less. Boom!
Pizza night may be a bit too frequent in our house, but you won’t hear me complaining! Next to chocolate, it’s definitely a weakness of mine. We’ve got this awesome local bakery right around the corner from us that makes the most amazing pizzas, and we always get enough so that we’ll be sure to have leftovers. K and I have made a pact that anytime we want to go to the bakery this summer, we have to walk there. Get out and stretch our legs a little bit, feel like we’ve gotten some exercise before indulging in our favorite slice.
But guys… I need to let you in on a secret…
I think I’m starting to love leftover pizza even more than fresh outta the oven. WHA?!
After the pie has been hanging out in the fridge for a while, like most great Italian foods I’m so fond of, the ingredients have a chance to mingle and meld — becoming so much more flavorful overnight. It’s like magic really. But throwing a couple of slices into the microwave is the fastest, surest way of ruining that magic and turning it into a rubbery, soggy mess. No thank you!
Give new life to your leftover pizza with one (or all!) of these three tricks.
P.S. — If I had to pick a favorite, it’d be #2. Just sayin’. 🙂
#1. Reheat leftover pizza on the stove.
The first and probably the least-fuss way of reheating your pizza to bubbly, gooey, crisp perfection is to heat up a pan over medium-low heat. Place your slice crust-side down in the hot pan and cover. Now don’t walk away from the stove! Keep an eye (and ear) on it because the crust can go from the perfect crisp to burnt all too quickly — and it’s just so sad when it does. Take a peak inside every once in a while to see how it’s going, and listen for the sizzle of cheese hitting the bottom of the pan. The cheese will become all bubbly and the crust extra crispy in 4-5 minutes. Maybe toss on a little extra Parmesan cheese, some arugula and a little chili flake for some heat while you’re at it, whydoncha?
#2. Reheat leftover pizza in a waffle iron.
Say what?! Oh yes! This is a recent discovery of mine, since my wonderful mom gave me this awesome new waffle iron off of K’s and my gift registry. And I want to waffle all. the. things. Waffle irons are not just for waffles anymore, oh no. They turn pretty much anything into crispy handheld perfection. Reheating leftover pizza was my first foray away from waffles with the new iron, and let me tell you — it is the stuff of my food dreams. All you gotta do is preheat your waffle iron (if it’s got heat settings, go for a pretty high one), sandwich two slices of pizza together cheese-side in, stick it inside the waffle iron and press the lid closed. It’ll pop up a bit while the pizza is still cold — no worries about that. As it heats up, keep pressing the lid further and further down. When the buzzer goes off, you’ve got yourself on heck of a pizza panini. A pizzanini!!
#3. Reheat leftover pizza on the grill.
Prefer cooking outdoors? I’ve got just the thing for you. Preheat your grill to medium heat, wrap your pizza slices in tin foil — very lightly so that the foil is tented and doesn’t press down on the cheese. Place the foil package into your pre-heated grill and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. Check to see how it looks — if the cheese is bubbling and the bottom is crisp, you’re golden. If not, close it back up and let it go for a couple more minutes.
Voila! No matter which method you choose, you’ll have the perfectly reheated pizza slice every time, in just 5 minutes. Winning!