Does the thought of day-old pizza give you chills? Regardless if the ‘za came from the delivery boy or Grandma’s cookbook, the question of how to reheat pizza the right way is one that’s troubled mankind for longer than any of us care to remember. So, let’s set the record straight. Here are two oh-so-easy ways to make that sad-looking slice taste as good as new once again.
How to Reheat Pizza in the Oven
If you’ve tried to reheat your delivery pizza (or just tasty delivery copycats) in the oven before now, you may be shaking your head at the very idea of it. While the oven can often result in a dried out slice of cheesy goo, there is a way to get this right.
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375ºF
It’s absolutely crucial that you allow the oven to heat up fully before you even attempt to reheat your tasty pizza. The last thing you want is for the pizza get slowly warmer and warmer.
Step 2: Line a baking tray with foil
Line a baking tray with foil (or try this pizza pan from Taste of Home’s new line of bakeware) and pop it in the oven for a few minutes. The idea is to get the tray and foil piping hot before it touches the pizza.
Step 3: Put the pizza in the oven
Carefully take out the hot tray (be sure to use an oven mitt!) and place the pizza on it. Put the tray back into the oven for around 10 minutes, checking it now and then to make sure it doesn’t burn. The end result should be a hot, tasty, crispy slice.
How to Reheat Pizza in a Skillet
If you don’t want to use the oven, there is another, slightly quicker way to reheat your pizza. You can use a skillet—yep, the same one you use for those tasty skillet dinners! It may sound a little odd, but many people swear by this method of reheating. Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1: Heat the pizza in the skillet
Use a non-stick skillet (we’ve got you covered with cookware, too) and place it on medium heat. Place the cold slice of pizza directly onto the skillet and heat it for just a couple of minutes.
Step 2: Add a couple of drops of water
Next, add a couple of drops of water to the pan’s base. Make sure that the drops are to the side of the pizza. (You don’t want them on top of the slice!)
Step 3: Cover the skillet
Put the lid on top of the pan and continue to heat the pizza for a further couple of minutes. The idea is that the skillet steams up and melts the cheese. Finally, take the slice out of the pan and enjoy the melted cheese and crispy base. Yum!
Of course, there are plenty of cold pizza lovers out there, too, but for your folks looking to recreate that fresh pizza taste, this will get you there!