Cold pizza is one of the greatest pleasures in the history of mankind. Let's get that straight and out of the way. There's nothing like rolling out of bed, opening the fridge, and just devouring a couple leftover slices before officially declaring your body awake. It really does set the tone for the rest of your day.
Now, if you're one who has to enjoy their pizza hot, there are multiple ways to go about reheating your slice.
Let's get to it.
The quickest, and laziest way to get that pizza piping hot is to throw it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. However, you're gonna end up with a soggy crust that's just underwhelming. Only use this as a last, desperate resort.
An upgrade from the microwave, for sure. Throw your pizza slices in the toaster oven and set it for about ten minutes. Your crust should be crispy and your cheese slightly melted. We actually like to leave it a little longer so our slice is a tad well done, but to each their own.
If you have the time to spare, fire up the grill on low to medium heat and throw your pizza slices on top. You can either place it directly on, or lay down some aluminum foil. Close the grill and leave it alone for a few minutes. The pizza should be crispy and cheese runny, with a newfound smokiness to your bite.
Iron & Hair Dryer
If you're on the road and setting up shop in a hotel room that's devoid of microwaves, there's still a way to get that crispy slice. You just have to get a little creative. Turn on the hotel's iron and set your slice crust down so that it touches the surface of the iron.
Then, take your hairdryer and hold it about six inches from your slice. The iron will get the crust crispy while the hairdryer will get the cheese nice and gooey.
Just make sure to clean up after you're done. Don't want to iron your clothes for a business meeting and have it smell like pepperoni and anchovies now... or do you?
This is probably the best way to heat a pizza to get it as close to the original texture of how it came out of the pizza oven. First, heat up a non-stick skillet at medium to low heat and set your slice down for two minutes so that the crust gets crispy. Then, on low heat, take two drops of water and add it to the skillet away from your pizza. Cover your skillet and allow the water to create steam, melting the cheese.
This method, unlike the toaster oven, will get your bottom crust crispy while keeping the edges moist.
This article was originally published by Food Beast in November 2016.