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As a college student, I eat a lot of frozen pizza. Unfortunately, the brand of frozen pizza that I eat has very little taste.

Recently, I started adding Parmesan cheese, basil and garlic powered to the pizza before putting it in the toaster oven.

Can I do better than that? What can be done with frozen pizza to make it taste better?

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You may think of the toppings you like in your pizza ... and then just add them to your frozen one. –  belisarius is forth Nov 24 '10 at 14:54

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I just got /ate a walmart pizza as featured in their "deli" section. The directions said to put it directly on the oven grate but I ignored that as I tried it before and it drooped and melted between the wire rack .. what I did was added a slew of ingredients and boosted the temp from a terrible 35o to a better 450 Also i use a pan nut put a grate under it with small spaces and sprayed the underside with olive oil spray .. It was the best store bought crust I ever tried .. I cooked it the same time they suggested about 16 minutes .. bear in mind this was not a frozen pizza

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This was flagged as not an answer. I think it's probably fine, though borderline - yes, this wasn't a frozen pizza, but the same things might well work on both, so it's worth keeping. –  Jefromi Oct 5 at 16:29

I will swear blind that the only thing it really needs is olive-oil. A light drizzle of olive oil.

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Domenico DeMarco might be the best pizzaiolo alive:

Just watching that my pizzas improved considerably: parmesan, fresh basil and extra virgin olive oil after baking the pizza. He puts some oil before baking and I think it's a good thing, but most people disagree on that.

Frozen pizzas have two problems:

  • Bad crust You can improve it baking in a pizza stone or, if that's not an option, putting some olive oil in the tray you put the pizza.
  • Bad ingredients It's always a matter of taste, I suggest keeping it simple. Mozzarella and any other cheese that melts should help.

By the way, making pizza at home, from scratch, couldn't be cheaper. Believe it or not, you're overpaying for the frozen stuff.

Also, you are grating your parmesan, right?

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+1 for making the pizza yourself. If you're using a pizza stone and adding a bunch of ingredients, you're halfway to making it anyway - and pre-mixed, unbaked pizza dough is available in stores, that's really the only part I wouldn't want to hand-make. –  Cyclops Nov 24 '10 at 21:41
@Cyclops - you're right, but it takes space to roll out even pre-made dough, and it makes a bit of a mess. (I use the dining-room table.) Some stores do sell pre-rolled pizza dough, but I can't vouch for its quality. –  Neil Fein Nov 26 '10 at 1:44
If you have limited kitchen space, buying a pre-made crust is a good option. It's what I used to do in university since it takes much less time/effort than dealing with dough and still ends up much nicer than frozen pizza. –  Allison Jan 29 '11 at 9:01

add extra ingredients and another layer of sauce and cheese. You can make the sauce by taking a can of tomato sauce (not a jar of spaghetti sauce) and add Italian seasoning to it.

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I'm sorry, but I honestly don't think there's anything that can make frozen pizza better. All you can accomplish by adding fresh ingredients is to make THEM taste worse. That's not a way to have a meal.

Instead of eating frozen pizza, order pizza if you don't have time to prepare your own.

And pizza is really easy to prepare - if you're adding all those ingredients to frozen pizza you're already half way there. You don't even need to make your own dough, you can usually buy it in the local bakery and then either freeze it or keep in a fridge for a day or two.

Please don't eat frozen pizza. Every time you eat a frozen pizza, an Italian fairy dies. :(

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I would put it less dramatic, but: this! If you have to buy fresh toppings anyway, and have a freezer at hand, you can make your own pizza! If you have the freezer-space, you can even take the dough, take about half an hour to an hour at some point, and prepare the basics: roll the dough to the proper size, add pizza sauce and a base layer of cheese. Put wax-paper between the pizza-slices, wrap up in cling wrap, and freeze the stack. Works great for me! –  Layna 2 days ago

shaved truffles

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I'm sure you're kidding, but... yeah, no. Truffles won't fix frozen pizza unless you have access to a supplier who brought them over in the last week or two, while they are still fresh. –  BobMcGee Aug 1 '11 at 3:39

While not relating to taste directly, I find cooking the pizza directly on the rack instead of in a pan makes it quite crispy and I enjoy that texture more than the soft dough texture you'll get from cooking it in a pan. You may want to place the pan you would have used on the lower rack to catch any cheese or crumbs that might fall.

Other than that I've usually used various spices to kick up the flavor (garlic powder, crushed red peppers, etc).

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Add some fresh ingredients:

  • basil and/or oregano
  • chopped up ripe tomato
  • fresh garlic
  • sundried tomoato

You'll find after dressing up a pizza, you can just start making your own from scratch.

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Personally I'd put the basil and/or oregano on after cooking unless they are dried. –  justkt Nov 24 '10 at 19:51
I usually do a bit of both (as they add some mojo to the chopped tomatoes during baking). –  Bruce Alderson Nov 24 '10 at 23:31

If you're a person who likes spicy as a compensation for other flavor deficiencies - try adding red pepper and/or Tabasco. My favorite is actually Tony's Creole seasoning. The stone idea sounds like it would help a lot for texture, too :)

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We have a pizza stone that makes the finished pizza taste so much better. In addition we add more toppings to the pizza. For instance sliced mushrooms, pineapple, olives, peppers and cheese. The sky is the limit. And this way you can have a 5 topping pizza for the price of the toppings and a cheap frozen pizza.

For the pizza stone you don't want it to make a drastic change in temperature otherwise the stone would break. So for the oven I put the stone in the oven then preheat it. So the stone heats up with the oven. During this time I prepare the toppings. When the oven is hot enough you take out the stone, careful it is hot, put the pizza on, throw the toppings on then put back in oven and cook.

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Is a toaster oven apt for heating a pizza stone? (sorry, no experiences with t.o. here) How long does it take to get enough temp? –  belisarius is forth Nov 24 '10 at 15:11
I don't think so. At least the one I have would be too large. –  Kyra Nov 24 '10 at 15:29
@belisarius - you can buy stones sized for toaster ovens and large toaster ovens that can fit regular stones. –  justkt Nov 24 '10 at 15:39
@justkt @Kira thanks for your answers. –  belisarius is forth Nov 24 '10 at 15:57
For a dirt cheap "pizza stone" (college student budget I assume) go to a home improvement store and buy a ceramic (not porcelain) tile. Should cost about two bucks and works quite well, used mine for years. –  Bill Nov 24 '10 at 19:12

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