Pizza is perhaps the most beloved comfort food in America. It’s cheesy, flavorful, and you can personalize your toppings to exactly what you’re craving! A survey conducted by The Harris Poll found that given the choice between different types of food, most respondents would choose to eat only pizza for the rest of their lives. Further, 61% of millennials said they would give up social media for a year in exchange for free pizza!
Happy taste buds aside, there’s another major reason why pizza is so great — the leftovers! Sometimes, our eyes are bigger than our stomachs and we end up with more pizza than we can eat. The good news is that pizza is just as delicious the next day! If you’ve been wondering how to make the most of your leftovers, look no further! Keep scrolling for our 5 favorite ways to enjoy pizza leftovers.
WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO EAT LEFTOVER PIZZA?
If you’re anything like us, you want to enjoy your pizza as soon as possible. The microwave is by far the easiest and fastest way to reheat your pizza. The problem with this method? The microwave can lead to soggy crust, gummy cheese, and uneven heating. If you still can’t wait to enjoy your pizza, we recommend adding a glass about halfway full of water to the microwave (make sure it’s microwave safe!). Cook for 45 seconds to one minute and you’ll be left with a fluffy crust that tastes just as good as the night before. It’s that easy!
This method takes a little more patience than the microwave, but it is so worth the extra few minutes! We love the oven method because it transforms your cold pizza slice into the same fluffy, cheesy delicacy it was the day before. The steps are simple! First, Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Next, line a baking tray with tin foil and place your pizza slices on the tray. Let it cook for 5-10 minutes, checking occasionally, and you’re ready to eat!
3. FRYING PAN
This tip comes straight from George Hoover, owner of Cottage Inn Pizza in East Lansing. If you enjoy crispy crust, listen up! George recommends putting your slice face-down in a skillet on medium-low heat. Wait for the cheese to melt, then flip to heat up the crust. You’ll know your slice is ready when the cheese has melted and the crust is nice and crispy. Simple and delicious!
4. WAFFLE IRON
We know this sounds crazy, but hear us out. First We Feast suggests using a waffle iron to create a “crispy, gooey, cheese-stuffed snack” that will bring your leftover pizza to the next level. Simply fold each slice in half so the toppings are on the inside. Then, place your folded slice in the waffle maker and let it cook for 5 minutes. You’ll be left with a pocket of waffle-shaped pizza goodness that may be even better the second time around!
5. EAT IT COLD!
Did you know that 23% of people prefer leftover pizza cold? There’s nothing wrong with eating a slice straight from the refrigerator! It’s great as a snack, an easy lunch, or even for breakfast (Believe it or not, 65% of Americans believe that pizza is an acceptable breakfast food!). If you aren’t up to reheating your pizza, don’t hesitate to enjoy it cold!
OUT OF LEFTOVERS?
Cottage Inn Pizza is always here for your pizza cravings. We have more than 30 different toppings to choose from so you can create the pizza of your dreams! Click to find a Cottage Inn Pizza near you.