There is always space in this world for cold pizza. In fact, sometimes there is nothing more satisfying than stiff cheese and ruby red sauce on a slightly tough crust. However, enjoying pizza in this fashion often comes with a stigma. So, often you only feel comfortable serving this dish to the closest of your close friends.
For those times when you have mere acquaintances over and you want to serve them the leftover pizza you purchased last night, you going to have to leave that glorious piece of cold nirvana behind in favor of a warm, crispy, cheese slice of pie.
When this is the case, the question becomes, how do you best heat it up to replicate the fresh-out-of-the-oven taste that you would get at a pizza parlor?
The microwave will leave the crust soggy, so just don’t even go there. The oven takes a year to heat up and another year to bring the pizza up to temperature. So you can rule out that option if you want to be able to enjoy your pie any time in the near future.
So what is the best way to reheat pizza? Pop that cold slice in a non-stick skillet on the stovetop.
If you have a well-seasoned cast iron skillet, you could absolutely use that instead.
Set your pizza slices lovingly into a pan on the stove, turn the fire up to medium heat or medium-high heat, depending on the kind of slice, and cover the skillet with a lid.
In about six minutes your crust will be crisped and you’ll have a delicious melty cheese pie on your hands, exactly the way it should be.
If you have a thin crispy crust pizza on your hands, six minutes will be right on the money, but if you have a thicker crust or a stuffed crust, check at six minutes and keep a close eye for every minute afterwards.
If you prefer your crust particularly charred, just crank the heat up a notch and let the magic happen.
The only potential downside to this best method is the inability to heat up an entire pizza at once. However, you’re not dirtying up an entire cookie sheet, using all of your aluminum foil for the oven, or using a precious paper towel to handle the microwave.
But, you know what they say, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Who says you can’t use several different pans on a few different burners to reheat leftover pizza?