Pizza is one of those foods that most people can never get quite enough of, which means if you’ve got some leftover pizza from last night, you’re definitely going to want to eat it. Cold pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world—some people actually love it—but it’s definitely not as delicious as when it’s bubbling and hot.
So we’ve established that leftover pizza is better warm, but what’s the best way to reheat it? Sticking it in the microwave turns your slice into a soggy shell of its former self, so that method’s out. Some people opt to reheat their pizza in the oven, but even then it still doesn’t taste quite right, and you’ve spent 20 minutes trying to reheat a slice that will never be as good as the real deal. So what’s a pizza lover to do?
The trick is actually to reheat the pizza on the stove. It’s almost as fast as cooking it in the microwave, but the crust retains its crispiness while the cheese melts perfectly above it. All you need is a frying pan or skillet and a lid or some foil to cover your pizza once it’s in the pan. Here’s what you do:
1. Put a large frying pan or skillet on the stovetop on medium heat. Nonstick works best so the cheese won’t get stuck.
2. Pour a small splash of oil onto the pan and let it heat up.
3. Add the pizza and fry until the bottom of the crust turns golden brown.
4. Once the crust has cooked, cover the pizza and continue to cook until cheese is warm and melted, about 1 minute.
5. Serve and enjoy!
Check out the step-by-step directions in this video from Slate. See how easy it is to reheat your pizza, recreating that perfect crisp crust and hot melty cheese. You’ll never eat cold pizza again!
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