How to cook a frozen pizza is a question many people have asked at some point in their lives. The process is not as difficult as one might think. Many people simply throw their pizza into the oven and then worry about it until it’s ready. Others try to thaw it out in the microwave but this often causes the pizza to fall flat and even result in a bit of a mess. Follow these steps and learn how to cook a frozen pizza in a short amount of time.
Step One: Remove your pizza from the packaging and allow it to defrost at room temperature. If you’ve baked it in the oven, this shouldn’t take long. However, if you’ve baked it for the microwave, be sure to let it defrost for five to ten minutes before putting it back into the oven. If you find that your pizza is still too cold to handle after this time, you can always put it in the refrigerator for an hour or so.
Step Two: Prepare your oven and your baking sheet. It’s important that you have a clean surface when you begin to cook your pizza as no juices or spills will be able to soak into your cooking cloth and ruin your efforts. Using a non-stick baking sheet is the most important part of this step. Simply lay your prepared pizza on the baking sheet and place the toppings evenly onto the pizza.
Step Three: Place your prepared pizza into your oven and allow it to preheat. Depending on how large your oven is, this may necessitate two or three intervals of heating up. Just be patient and don’t forget to flip your pizzas over after you reach the appropriate temperature.
Step Four: Once your homemade pizza has reached the proper temperature, add your extra virgin olive oil to the center of your pie and spread it thinly. Then, add your shredded mozzarella and put the whole thing into the microwave. This should yield a delicious and easy-to-eat crust. To make the olive oil taste like its really from the Mediterranean, you can sprinkle a bit of flaxseed oil on top after baking.
Step Five: The last step in how to cook pizza directly in the oven is to line your baking pan with a flat metal tray. Using a cast iron pizza stone makes the cooking process even better. A pizza stone will keep the heat where it belongs, which is on the crust.
In order to ensure even cooking of your pizza, you’ll also need to grease or flour your baking pan beforehand. It will prevent your frozen pizza from sticking to your cooking utensil. Also, this will help you spread the delicious sauce evenly. You can choose to bake the pizza on a traditional stovetop or using the self-cleaning oven rack. If baking on a stovetop, you’ll also need to add oil (as much as you can stand) and bake for about 2 hours or until the crust starts to turn golden brown.
If baking on a self-cleaning oven rack, be sure to read the instructions carefully. Most self-cleaning oven racks will tell you how long to bake the pizza and for how long after that. Keep in mind that the longer the baking time, the deeper the brown color will be in the baked pizza. For frozen pizzas, you may cook it up to the recommended baking time but once it is completely set, it will not turn brown any faster than if you had left it in the oven for the same amount of time. Once your frozen pizza has cooled completely, you can serve it warm. This will help it retain both its crisp texture and its delicious flavor!