Okay, so ordering delivery pizza is the definition of a lazy dinner …
But did you know you can take your laziness to an even higher level with the leftovers?
“Lazy or efficient? It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny
There’s just two of us so what should we do with all this pizza?
Sure I could just stick the boxes in the fridge and we could eat pizza until we’re sick of it (or it dries out) but I prefer to spread that laziness over time …
Lazy Pizza Leftovers
- Pizza, preferably cooled for a couple hours
- Aluminum Foil sheets, each slightly longer than wide
Makes variable servings.
We frequently order Papa John’s Pizza, using the online deal: 2 medium 2-topping pizzas for $7 ea. They also offer points toward free food (pizzas or cookies for us). The coupons you see in newspapers and circulars are usually available on the website (so you don’t have to clip them).
The photos below show medium-size slices but the foil/freezer trick works for all size pizzas. Super-size slices may need to be wrapped individually.
- Allowing pizza to cool helps prevent sticking and sogginess.
- Storing in foil helps prevent freezer burn.
- Cooking in foil keeps the pizza from drying out.
- Cooking it in an oven or toaster oven (versus microwave) keeps it from being soggy.
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- Count the slices of pizza and divide by 2.
- Cut that number of sheets of aluminum foil, each a little longer than wide.
- Place 2 pieces of pizza in the middle of the foil, with the crusts toward opposite smooth edges of the foil.
- Pull the cut edges of the foil together and roll them down to the pizza.
- Take each loose end of the foil packet and roll it in, toward the pizza.
- REMEMBER: Tight folds help prevent freezer burn.
- Continue wrapping the rest of the pizza.
- Freeze in short stacks until completely frozen, then consolidate stacks for compact storage.
- Place a frozen pizza pouch in the toaster oven and cook at 350°F for about 30 minutes. Place second pouch on counter, if desired*.
- Open foil to see if it’s hot enough (Mom’s technique: stick your finger in it to see if it burns). If not done, cook a little longer (duh!).
- Serve. We each eat one piece from this pouch.
- *Cook the second pouch to prepare a second piece while eating the first. This one will take less time since it already thawed on the counter.
Temperature and times vary, especially if you use the big oven.
If you like extra-crispy crust, remove the pizza from the foil and place it on the oven rack for the last few minutes of cooking.
Leftover Pizza can stay yummy in the freezer for a couple of months, though we usually need to reorder more often than that.