You can find a variety of pizza styles and toppings out there, but not that many include pepperoni. But there’s good news: You can easily add pepperoni to your frozen pizza!
Pepperoni is the most popular type of meat topping on pizza, so it makes sense that it’s the most popular type of topping on pizza as well. If you love the taste of pepperoni and want to add it to your next frozen pizza order, here are some tips and tricks for how to do it.
What kind of pepperoni should you get?
There are many kinds of pepperoni, so to make sure you get the right one, you’ll want to look at the packaging. The pepperoni in a pizza Hut pizza box is most likely going to be a less spicy variety.
If you’re adding pepperoni to a Dominos or Little Caesars, you’ll want to choose a hot variety. If you’re trying to keep things simple and avoid dryness, your best bet is to go with a less-spicy ground beef pepperoni from a supermarket.
If you have a higher-end pizza place nearby and you’d like to add some pepperoni to your order, opt for a high-quality, imported pepperoni. Whole, fresh pepperoni is a key ingredient on pizzas and can dry out very quickly when kept on the shelf.
Add the pepperoni last
Adding the pepperoni last will help to keep it fresh and avoid too much moisture in the crust. You’ll want to add it right before the pizza goes in the oven, making sure to tear off a little piece of the pepperoni and gently place it in the pizza.
Doing this will allow the moisture from the pepperoni to mix with the crust while the rest of the pepperoni stays fresh.
Don’t use a whole stick
While it may make more sense to chop up a whole pepperoni stick and add it to the pizza, this isn’t the best idea. The problem is that there isn’t a lot of room inside a pizza for the ground pepperoni pieces to stay fresh.
Since the crust is so delicate, you need to keep the pepperoni pieces as fresh and crunchy as possible. Chopping up a pepperoni stick about a quarter of the way lengthwise is a better alternative.
This will allow the pepperoni to be broken down for a better mix with the crust since it’ll be smaller in size.
Try a pre-cooked sausage over fresh
Sausage is a great topping for pizza because it combines the taste of pepperoni with that of Italian spices. You can find Italian sausages in the meat aisle that are labeled as “fresh” or “frozen”.
Pre-cooked Italian sausage is best because it already has those spices mixed in with it and it is already cooked. Adding fresh sausage to a pizza will create a much spicier pizza with very little crunch left.
If you want to keep the pizza as simple as possible, try using a pre-cooked Italian sausage over fresh.
Keep it simple to avoid dryness
If you’re adding pepperoni to a pizza with many other ingredients, you’ll want to keep it simple.
Adding too many toppings on a pizza can cause the crust to become too wet and be too soggy to enjoy. A good rule of thumb is to add only two toppings to a 12-inch pizza. If you’re making a 14-inch pizza, add only three toppings.
Use fresh ingredients
The best way to make a pizza is to use fresh ingredients. Fresh vegetables and fruits are the most flavorful and they will also help balance out the spiciness of the pepperoni. If you’re using pre-cooked meat, try to use fresh vegetables as well.
Use mozzarella cheese
Mozzarella cheese is what makes a pizza great. It adds a nice creaminess to the crust that balances out the spiciness of the pepperoni.
You can find mozzarella cheese in many different varieties, but I recommend sticking with the traditional mozzarella cheese that comes in blocks instead of shredded because it will melt better on your pizza.
If you’re not sure how much mozzarella to use, start with one cup for every 12-inch pizza and then add more if needed.
Don’t forget about sauce!
The last thing you want on your pizza is for it to be dry or bland because of too much crust or toppings. The best way to avoid this is by using a good quality sauce on your pizza.
A sauce can be made from tomatoes, tomato paste, or even ketchup depending on what kind of flavor you’re going for (I prefer tomato paste). You can find sauce in many different flavors at any grocery store and they’re very inexpensive compared with other toppings like pepperoni and mushrooms which can
Get creative with your topping combinations
The possibilities for toppings are endless when it comes to pizza. You can add a variety of veggies to your pizza to make it more nutritious, like a tomato slice with a sprinkle of fresh basil. You can also try different meats, like turkey slices or seafood, such as shrimp. You can even add a crunchy topping like pretzel pieces or corn kernels.
You can also try different sauces to add a little flavor. You can use your favorite marinara sauce, or you can try a new one like pesto for an Italian flair.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to pizza toppings, so be creative and have fun with it!
Be sure to check out our video on how to make pizza at home.
Avoid using too much seasoning on the pepperoni
While you want to add a little spice to your pizza, you don’t want to add too much. Pepperoni is a very spicy meat, so you don’t want to add hot sauce or other spicy tomato sauces to your order. Keeping it simple and avoiding adding too much seasoning will help to keep the pizza fresh and crunchy.
Don’t forget the cheese
The pizza is only as good as its cheese. You can add a variety of cheeses to your pizza order, from mozzarella to cheddar or even feta. The more cheeses you add, the better the pizza will taste.
Don’t forget about the crust
A good crust is essential for a great tasting pizza. If you don’t have a good crust, then your pizza won’t be enjoyable. You can order whole wheat or gluten-free crusts if you want to avoid having gluten in your food. You can also choose a thin crust or deep dish style of pizza if you want something that looks like it came out of a restaurant instead of your kitchen.
Wrapping tips and tricks
Wrapping your pizza in Saran wrap or a clean cloth will help to keep the crust crunchy. You also don’t want to stack your pizza too high, as this can cause the pizza to be too soggy. Stacking your pizza and leaving about an inch of space in between each slice is a good rule of thumb.
If the pizza is too tall or too heavy, the bottom crust will get soggy before the rest of the pizza. If the pizza is getting too soggy in the middle, you can always reheat the pizza in the oven.
Alternatively, you can cut the pizza into smaller pieces or use a smaller, lower-heat oven to reheat the pizza. So next time you crave pizza, consider adding pepperoni to your order. You’ll be glad you did!