Friday, January 3, 2020

Trader Joe's Bambino Pizza (Pepperoni)

"If I can't live in Tuscany or the South of France, I refuse to live more than ten minutes from a Trader Joe's"
                              - T.E.L.

It would be possible to create a blog like this one just using Trader Joe's pizzas, I suppose. I am not sure how many they offer at a given time, though years ago my cousin and I cooked six of them in one evening; in my memory, that was less than one-third of the number they had available that day, when you consider frozen and fresh.

The Bambino pizzas, sold under the too-cute-by-half "Trader Giotto's" label, come four to a box for the absurdly low - but typical of Trader Joe's - price of $3.99.

There are instructions provided for both the regular and toaster oven. There are no instructions for the microwave but this matters little, as I know you, dear reader, would never even consider cooking a frozen pizza in the microwave.

The best way to cook these, as I have discovered over the years, is actually in the air fryer. 330º for twelve minutes in my air fryer, though every air fryer in the universe seems to work differently, so your mileage may vary.

The only thing I do not like is the cheese; it's that cheap cheese that doesn't melt so much as harden.

The dough is good in that bagel/English muffin way that satisfies and reminds you of childhood pizzas when you got home from school before anyone else in your home and English muffin pizza was just on the right side of your culinary comfort zone.

The sauce is wonderful, a deep flavor of oregano and roasted red peppers. Most frozen pizzas would be elevated by the inclusion of this sauce.

But the star of the show is the pepperoni: a beautiful combination of spicy, peppery, salty and greasy that you might find unappealing in anything but, well, pepperoni.

When you consider that low price and the high quality, there is only one possible rating.


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