Delivery pizza is the jazz of the fast food world -- even when it's bad, it's still pretty good. But sometimes you just want a pizza that's a step up from delivery without stepping outside your own front door. If you're looking for some quick and easy ways to spruce up that delivery pizza (whether it's steaming fresh or cold the next morning), then here are a few tips to move take-out from fine to divine:
Tip #1: Add fragrant toppings
From the time you place your order to the time it arrives on your front porch -- about half an hour, give or take -- is the perfect time to think of a few extra toppings to sprinkle onto your delivery pie. Sautéing chunks of tomato with a few sprigs of fresh basil quickly can help the flavors to meld and give your pizza an extra Italian kick.
If you're trying to add some protein, shredded chicken or thick-sliced pepperoni are traditional toppings to add, while summer sausage or sliced pork chops can be just as delicious, if a bit more unorthodox.
Finally, for a fresh crunch, try adding chopped onions. If the thought of this pungent veggie is making your eyes water, rinse the chopped product under cold water for a couple minutes -- it'll take most of the sting out, while still giving you flavor and texture.
Tip #2: Invest in dipping sauces
You laughed at that kid in the cafeteria who poured ranch dressing on their pizza, but that kid knew something that everyone else took another decade to figure out -- dipping pizza in different sauces can make it 10 times more delicious. Salad dressing is good, but the sky's the limit when it comes to dipping sauces for you pizza. Pesto, barbecue sauce, even curry -- if you like the sauce by itself, it'll taste better with pizza.
If you're looking for ideas, start small -- for example, try mixing some marinara sauce with a bit of hot sauce and oregano -- your taste buds will thank you.
Tip #3: Reheat it in the oven
Nothing is more disappointing than looking forward to a few slices of next-day pizza only to find that the microwave has rendered them tough, soggy, and impossible to bite. You don't need to give up on leftover pizza, however -- just use your oven. Heat it to 550 degrees Fahrenheit (or 287 degrees Celsius) and put the pizza on a flat metal tray. Warm it up until the cheese is bubbling and the crust looks crispy again. Voila -- a piping hot pizza, with no soggy crust in sight.
If you want to know more, or have other questions, contact a company like Chicago Deep Dish Pizza.