Regardless of what may be going on in our lives, the second you open the refrigerator door and see those extra slices of Dogtown Pizza from last night’s football game, your mood instantly improves. The only problem, however, is how to reheat those leftover slices?
Sure, you could put your pizza in the microwave, but that can sometimes leave the crust soggy and toppings unevenly heated. The convection oven is nice and can almost instantly bring a slice of pizza back to life, but not everyone has one.
We’ve even heard that using the toaster is a thing, but you can take our word for it-this method is far too messy. The only proven and true way to reheat your tasty St. Louis-style pizza is to use your oven or stovetop. Yes, it may take a little bit more time to warm up, but there’s no mess, and your pizza comes out tasting delicious.
So, how exactly do you reheat pizza using your oven or stovetop? We’re glad you asked!
The Traditional Oven Method
If you’re choosing to go the oven route, you want to start by preheating the oven to 375º F. The last thing you want to do is reheat pizza in an oven that is still warming up, so this step is crucial.
Next, find a baking tray, line it with foil, and set it in the oven as it warms up. You want the tray to be hot before it even touches your pizza. This is important in regaining the crispness of our cracker-thin crust.
Once your oven is fully warmed up, pop your leftover pizza on top of the tray and let it sit in the oven for around 15 minutes. The amount of time your pizza spends in the oven will vary so make sure you keep an eye on things while your slices cook.
The Quick and Easy Stovetop Method
Yes, you can, reheat pizza on a stovetop. In fact, if you’re only reheating a slice or two, this may be a preferable method because it only takes about 5 to 10 minutes to bring your pizza back to its original glory. Here is how you do it.
First, place your non-stick skillet on your stovetop on medium heat.
Next, as your skillet is warming up, place your slice of pizza directly on the skillet for a couple of minutes.
Then, if your skillet has a lid, place the lid on top of the pan to trap some of the steam in the skillet to reheat the cheese and pizza toppings. If you don’t have the lid, don’t worry about it, aluminum foil works great, too. Lastly, all you have to do is wait about five minutes or until the crust becomes crispy again and voila! You have successfully reheated your pizza!
The stovetop is great because it’s quick and easy, but the oven is what truly brings your Dogtown slices back to their original tasty state. At the end of the day, though, pizza is pizza so, if all else fails or you are pressed for time, just eat your pizza cold. We won’t judge you for eating cold, leftover pizza-and nobody ever should!
Do you have any tricks to for reheating leftover pizza? Let us know in the comments below!