9 Cool Ways to Hack Your Pizza
Here's why we dig Jennifer Lee of Kirbie's Cravings: Not only did she make pizza cupcakes, she hacked her own hack. "When I finished baking them, they tasted good but didn't look so pretty. So I got the idea to top them with more cheese and pepperoni for a finished appearance, like adding streusel to a muffin or frosting to a cupcake," she writes.
IMPROVISE A PIZZA BAGEL
College students, office workers, museum visitors—who among us hasn't found ourselves in a ho-hum cafeteria with an unimpressive array of lunch options? The site Surviving College has the following solution: Combine sauce (from the pasta station), shredded mozzarella (from the salad bar) and a bagel for an impromptu pizza. Of course, you'll have to cook it in a microwave unless you can find a sympathetic cook to toss it under the broiler.
MAKE IT IN A MASON JAR
For the gazillions of Pinterest users obsessed with mason jars, Jasmin Fine of 1 Fine Cookie has created this ingenious technique for making pizza inside one of these glass vessels. Got little ones? Add these to your "to make" list for their next birthday party. Everything is more fun when it comes in a personalized serving. Plus, there's "no sharing required, which in my experience, is a kid's top priority," she writes.
BLOW-DRY YOUR SLICE
Our litmus test for a great hack? Something that makes you slap your forehead and wonder, "Where has this tip been all my life?" That’s exactly how we felt when we read this next idea from Florida-based restaurant Stromboli Pizza. If you find yourself with leftover pizza in a hotel room, the owners suggest blasting your slice with a hair dryer to reheat it quickly.
REHEAT SLICES ON THE STOVE
While you likely default to reheating pizza in the microwave or oven, blogger Sherry Cole of Savvy Apron has a better idea: Use a pan on the stove to help restore the crust's fresh-from-the-oven crispness. Cole also suggests covering the pan to create steam and help the cheese melt.
Sometimes necessity really is the mother of invention. Rhonda Adkins of The Kitchen Witch is a perfect example. She was looking for raw, store-bought pizza dough to make a cheesy bread stick recipe she'd seen on a blog. After going to a few stores ("By this time I could have grown my own wheat," she writes) she settled on canned Pillsbury pizza crust that she then stuffed with string cheese. The result? Her own Easy Cheese-Stuffed Breadsticks that she baked in honor of her son leaving home for the first time. "These are so easy that even a college student can make them," she writes.
Cute, clever and easy to eat, there are lots of reasons why food is superior when it's served on a stick. And with her truly adorable pizza lollipops, which would be perfect for parties, blogger Meaghan Mountford of The Decorated Cookie proves that this fact applies to pizza, too.
TURN LEFTOVERS INTO FRITTATA FODDER
We're not here to judge if you eat cold pizza for breakfast. But when you've got extra time, follow this recipe from the blog Pepper Scraps and make a frittata from your leftover slices. Health-focused blogger Pepper Ferguson writes that she remembers her mother making a similar dish when she was little: "It was a great way to be frugal and stretch out a meal, but also it changed the meal enough you didn't feel like you were eating the same thing again."
KEEP PIZZA WARM ON THE DRIVE HOME
That seat warmer isn't just for passengers: The site Lifetricks suggests turning it on whenever you're transporting precious pizza cargo so you don't show up with a lukewarm pie.