How to Jazz Up a Frozen Pizza

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Frozen pizza doesn't have to be a last resort on busy weeknights. Using some ingredients you already have on hand, transform a basic pizza into a crunchy and flavorful replica of an authentic pizzeria pie. The most important thing to keep in mind is timing. Add fresh veggies to a frozen pizza and they may be burned by the time the pie is cooked. Add toppings during the last half of cooking.

Alter the Basics

  • Subtle tweaks improve a frozen pizza's basic ingredients. Try thawing your pizza in the refrigerator, or bake it until the crust is soft, then grill the pizza on foil or directly on the oiled grill grates. Add a second layer of tomato sauce and a mixture of mozzarella and provolone cheese to the pizza before baking it, or brush the crust edges with olive oil or melted butter mixed with minced garlic or garlic salt during the last minutes of cooking.

Pile on Toppings

  • Top any pizza with raw or roasted peppers, steamed broccoli chunks, sliced mushrooms or olives. Add sliced chorizo, crumbled bacon or sausage to a cheese pizza or finish it with sliced prosciutto. Dot the pizza with ricotta cheese or smoked Gouda during the last minutes of baking. Sprinkle the finished pizza with chopped basil or fresh arugula dressed with lemon juice or olive oil, or drizzle the pizza with pesto or balsamic vinegar to add big flavor.

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