One of the best parts of living in New York is having 24/7 access to pizza. I live near a pizza spot that boasts a three-hour wait most nights, so despite my best efforts to buddy up to the owner during off-hours, I’m still usually relegated to takeout. The upside? Pizza for breakfast the next morning. The magic of the fresh-out-of-the-oven piece is often lost the next day, but I recently learned a trick that revives even the soggiest slices…
Reheat with a skillet!
Gone are the days of gloppy, microwaved slices and dried out pies that fall victim to too much heat in the oven. Reheating pizza on the stove, preferably in a non-stick or cast-iron skillet, preserves the flavor without sacrificing the texture. It warms the slice evenly, and takes less than five minutes.
Here’s how it’s done…
Heat a non-stick skillet over low to medium heat. Place cold pizza in the pan, and heat for two minutes, or until the crust is crispy. Cover the slice with a lid for one minute, allowing the cheese to fully melt. If you want to really go for it, add a quick squeeze of lemon to wake up the flavors (Mark Bittman swears by this, too), and devour while watching TV reruns.
What’s your go-to way to eat leftover pizza? In the oven? Straight from the fridge? State your case!
(Photo by Yossy Arefi for Cup of Jo.)