Monday: Frozen Pizza with Lela

“Frozen Pizza?  What’s that doing on your blog?”  Yes, yes – I can hear you now.  Don’t worry; this was not grocery store frozen pizza.  This was a frozen pizza kit I’d made for friends so that they wouldn’t need to cook during the first week they had their baby home from the hospital.  Of course, between when I froze a kit for them and when the baby was born, I ended up making a new batch of pizza dough, and made a pizza for them to just heat in the oven instead of making them build it themselves.  So when it was time to babysit, out came the handmade crust, the frozen sauce, the shredded, frozen cheeses and the frozen pepperoni (although truth be told, I do just keep my pepperoni in the freezer anyway).  Frozen pepperoni lasts longer, and since we purchase in bulk at Costco, it’s beneficial for us to stick the bag in the freezer once we’ve opened it.  I’m not sure what exactly (presumably the high fat-content) makes frozen pepperoni so easy to work with, but it actually comes apart in slices better straight out of the freezer than it does at refrigerator temperatures. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 parbaked pizza crust made sometime within the last month and frozen
  • 1 cup pizza sauce made sometime within the past month and frozen
  • 1-2 oz. frozen sliced pepperoni
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, frozen
  • 1/4-1/2 cup shredded parmesan, frozen

Note: recipes for many of the above ingredients can be found here.

Preparation:

  1. Place pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 475.
  2. Take all ingredients out of the freezer and place on work surface.
  3. Put frozen sauce into a prep bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, pausing to stir and break up semi-thawed chunks after the first minute.
  4. Meanwhile, unwrap foil and plastic wrap from pizza crust and break up any large chunks of frozen cheese by smooshing them against the counter.
  5. Once sauce is thawed, spread it evenly on frozen crust, avoiding the outside 1/2″ to make it easier to hold while eating.  Add the pepperoni, slightly overlapping, until the pizza is covered.  Sprinkle mozzarella and parmesan to cover pepperoni.
  6. Cook pizza until cheese has thoroughly melted and begins to brown in spots (begin checking after 5 minutes).
  7. Remove pizza from oven and allow it to rest for 3-5 minutes (this is the best way ever to avoid burning the top of your mouth with the first bite).
  8. Slice and serve (enjoy)!
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