Frozen pizza is fine. It is one of the least ambitious and yet completely decent meals you can make with almost no effort. But why not aim for more than decent? With a few added toppings, you can upgrade your cardboard pizza to something resembling an actual meal.
Over on Bon Appétit, five professional chefs shared their tips for how they would improve a frozen pizza. The recurring theme amid their suggestions is to add toppings with strong flavours; garlic in particular is a common recommendation. Hannah and Marian Cheng, co-founders of Mimi Cheng’s in New York, explain:
Fresh garlic on pizza can make a huge flavour difference; thinly slice fresh garlic and lay them on top of the pizza before it’s put in the oven. If the cooking time is too long and you’re worried about the garlic burning before the pizza is cooked through, you can also sauté the garlic in olive oil and drizzle the garlic-infused olive oil on the pizza after.
Others suggest things like pepperoncini or even chorizo, and pretty much every chef recommends adding better cheese to doctor up your pizza. And — a surprise to me — a few chefs also suggest honey. Head over to Bon Appétit for the full rundown on making your pizza more than mediocre.