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Best Frozen Pizza
« on: January 31, 2022, 07:50:18 PM »

I can't always get out to Pizza-A-Go-Go or Blackthorn, so I like to have the occasional Really Bad For Me thing in the freezer. We're about to get 6-12" of snow, depending which prognosticator you choose to believe, so I go to the store and buy milk and eggs pizza and beer.
 
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2022, 08:03:28 PM »

Since I'm allergic to beef, a lot of pizza is off the table.

I usually have a few Tombstone sausage or Canadian Bacon pizza in the freezer.

I do love Tailgator ready to bake pizza from Kwik Star/Kwik Trip.

Pagalia's frozen pizza is good, but you have to go to the restaurant to get it. Just a few midwestern states.

Pasquale's is good, but you're probably going to only find it in Iowa.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2022, 07:05:12 AM »

One of the ones I really like is a store brand chicken and mushroom pizza from Safeway.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2022, 08:18:09 AM »

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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2022, 08:19:16 AM »

Not really frozen, and more of as question: Do any of you get the Papa Murphy's take and bake pizzas? Are they any good? They look good on the website.

The cool little pizza place 15min from me shut down last year because of the covids. The next closest pizza place is 40 minutes away, so getting a hot pie home is a bit difficult. There's a Papa Murphys about the same distance from me, and take and bake would be my best option to "right out of the oven" pizza. My old Costco in CA had good take and bakes, but the one here doesn't make them.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2022, 09:57:02 AM »

I'm not a huge fan of pizza, but I do like it occasionally.

A few years ago I experimented with the Greek Yogurt pizza dough that uses baking powder instead of yeast.

https://www.simplyscratch.com/greek-yogurt-pizza-dough

It had a lot of potential, but I kept having issues getting it just right.

I may give it a try again because the flavor was really good and you don't need to let it proof and rise for hours on end.

It really is best if you have a stand mixer, though.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2022, 10:00:13 AM »

My folks used to bake amazing pizza all the time. I could always bake my own, but I have some psychological block that tells me pizza is supposed to be a takeout thing for when you don't want to cook.  =)
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2022, 10:31:05 AM »

Do any of you get the Papa Murphy's take and bake pizzas?

My wife loves them, I think they are ok. The chicken artichoke one is probably the one I like best.

It's really not hard to make yeast raised pizza dough and the Pillsbury pizza dough in the biscuit tube isn't bad if you don't feel like making dough. I really don't like any of the precooked pizza crusts at the store, except for the cauliflower ones.

Getting a pizza stone for the oven really makes any frozen or homemade pizza a lot better. I heat my stone while I pre heat the oven.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2022, 10:54:31 AM »

We like Papa Murphy's, especially on Tuesdays when you can get a large for $ 12.  We like the Cowboy, All Meat, Chicken Garlic, Chicken Bacon Ranch, and the Chicken Bacon Artichoke.

Edited to add: our local Costco used to have take and bake for cheese, pepperoni, and supreme.  They were very good.  They stopped providing this a couple of years ago, to my regret.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2022, 11:30:55 AM »

We used to buy Papa Murphy's quite often.  They are good.  Haven't had one in a few years and not sure exactly why.  When I'd get their pepperoni pizza, I would take about half the pepperoni off and save it for sandwiches because they put so much on.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #10 on: February 01, 2022, 11:37:36 AM »

Edited to add: our local Costco used to have take and bake for cheese, pepperoni, and supreme.  They were very good.  They stopped providing this a couple of years ago, to my regret.

Well, good to know (I guess?) that it's not just Idaho Costcos. I'm surprised, because they seemed to be a very popular item at the CA Costcos I frequented.

I do sometimes get the four pack of Kirkland frozen cheese pizzas from the freezer section. I keep them in my chest freezer, and when I have a hankering, grab one and then add my own toppings to it, toss it in the oven, and 15min later eat a fairly decent pizza.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2022, 11:55:01 AM »

For a pizza out of the grocery store frozen aisle I usually will grab a Screamin' Sicilian or Home Run Inn.

Lou Malnatis is a Chicago chain and they have frozen take and bake deep dish I'll buy on occasion.

I've just about dialed in my homemade pizza dough, sauce and ingredients so I can reproduce what I like consistently.

Some days a frozen pizza is good enough  :laugh:
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2022, 12:06:36 PM »

Damn it, now I'm thinking about pizza again. I guess I'm going to try making the yogurt dough this weekend, see if I can work out some of the kinks.

Maybe make a sausage and pineapple pizza Saturday. It's looking crappy weather wise, so why not.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2022, 12:18:31 PM »

Damn it, now I'm thinking about pizza again. I guess I'm going to try making the yogurt dough this weekend, see if I can work out some of the kinks.

Maybe make a sausage and pineapple pizza Saturday. It's looking crappy weather wise, so why not.

I'm thinking a cheese curd, beer brat, and carmelized onion with a mustard sauce pizza this weekend.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2022, 12:47:30 PM »

Has anyone else noticed that you can't find smoked provolone anymore?  (or at least I can't)
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2022, 01:02:57 PM »

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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2022, 01:28:37 PM »

HyVee 

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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #17 on: February 01, 2022, 02:31:46 PM »

I normally make my own pizza. The wife makes a bunch of sauce and has it in the freezer. I do like to get a Best Choice cheese pizza when they are on sale so we can just add any topping we want.

If we make it to the KC area and don't get Go Chicken Go we get Pizza Shoppe pizza. My wife and I both grew up on the original place in Shawnee.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #18 on: February 02, 2022, 12:43:14 AM »

I tried a Home Run Inn pizza, and it has a thumbs up... I got a sausage pie, and added pepperoni, and just a little bit of coarse shred "farm style" mozz to hold it down. Probably the best I've had in some time.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2022, 07:21:41 AM »

What do you guys like for pizza sauce?

I generally get a bottle of marinara spaghetti sauce and doctor the hell out of it, but I'm willing to try prebottled pizza sauce.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #20 on: February 02, 2022, 08:38:35 AM »

What do you guys like for pizza sauce?

I generally get a bottle of marinara spaghetti sauce and doctor the hell out of it, but I'm willing to try prebottled pizza sauce.

I really like Chef Boyardee pizza sauce from the can.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #21 on: February 02, 2022, 08:51:10 AM »

What do you guys like for pizza sauce?

I generally get a bottle of marinara spaghetti sauce and doctor the hell out of it, but I'm willing to try prebottled pizza sauce.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #22 on: February 02, 2022, 09:23:14 AM »

Seems simple enough, and quite similar to what I do with marinara sauce.

I'll give that a try.
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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #23 on: February 02, 2022, 01:32:10 PM »

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Re: Best Frozen Pizza
« Reply #24 on: February 03, 2022, 06:35:19 PM »

Not really frozen, and more of as question: Do any of you get the Papa Murphy's take and bake pizzas? Are they any good? They look good on the website.

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When we still lived in Oregon, wifey and I would buy Papa Murphy's pizza pretty often.  My wife is partial to their regular pepperoni pizza.  I really liked their Chicago style pizza.  Their stores in Albany and Lebanon made good pizzas.
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