I find leftover pizza is sometimes better than fresh baked.  As with many tomato and herb based foods.  Aging seems to increase the flavor.  Especially if it is homemade.

How many of you enjoy cold left over pizza for breakfast?  I certainly do.  How about the re-heated version?

My favorite technique for re-heating leftovers is to use a cast iron skillet.  You can’t be in a hurry.  If you are in a big rush just throw it in the microwave.  If you really want something better than just baked, try using cast iron.

I put my cast iron on a burner set at its lowest setting.  I always use gas stoves.  If you cook with electric you may have to experiment.  As soon as the Cast Iron is warm to the touch (a minute or two) I wipe it with a very thin layer of Crisco vegetable shortening.  I place the pizza on the Cast Iron and cover it with a lid or tent of aluminum foil.

I kept the heat as low as possible and allow the pizza to warm slowly until the top cheese is warm and melted.  Serve at this point.  You will be rewarded with a delightfully crispy bottom crust, and aged sauce that has brought out even more flavor.

My favorite for pizza re-heating is my square vintage BSR (Birmingham Stove & Range) Breakfast Griddle.



Both these pieces of Cast Iron where recently picked up at an Estate Sale.  I considered them priced at a premium, nearly retail.  But when they come in the condition these were in, I am willing to pay a little higher.  All the picker, antique, and flea market shows, have made these items really popular.  Look on eBay at some of the prices.  Some of us that have been collecting for years think people are out of their minds.

Both of these are nothing special or vintage.  Common and easily found.  The 10 1/4 inch round skillet (Wagner’s 1891 Original  Series) is often found at garage sales or flea markets in the $5 to $10 range.  Expect double that at an Estate Sale.  No they are not from 1891.  This series of cast iron cookware was produced at the General Housewares’ Wagner foundry from 1991 until 1999… until the foundry closed in 1999.

I like the square LODGE Skillet Griddle.  Both of these pieces will be seasoned several times and then put in my kitchen for everyday use.  I intend to use Crisbee’s Seasoning product that I tested for a previous review.  I like the finish it produces.

You can follow this link on Reconditioning & Re-seasoning cast iron if you are looking for tips or methods.