Friday, March 27, 2020

Trader Joe's Tarte D' Alsace

Okay, here's the deal: I've only gone to two stores in the last three weeks: Trader Joe's, and a small local market. I have not visited any of the places where I usually buy the frozen pizzas about which I write - Kroger, Walmart, Albertsons - recently and I'm not entirely sure when I'll go back.

So I haven't had the largest selection of pizzas from which to choose. I considered stopping this blog for a while... but really, who cares? It's a silly little blog about frozen pizza. Let's just see what I can come up with between those two stores, okay?

Trader Joe's offers a selection of "tartes," and they are as thin as any frozen pizza you will ever eat. I mean that quite literally. I have been eating them for more than a decade and on more than one occasion I have tried to cook them directly on a rack in the oven, only to find that the toppings melt through the "crust" into a smoldering pool on the bottom of the oven.

It's a bitch for my maid to clean up - er, I mean for me to clean up - and, more importantly, it means I don't get to eat the pizza.

I have tried cooking them on a baking sheet, but then it takes more than 30 minutes for the crust to get as crispy as I like. That's not ideal, either.

And then I found this:

I'll be honest: I have no idea what this is supposed to be used for, but it is perfect for cooking one of these pizzas. 

The pizza is crispy and salty in the best possible way, the ham and gruyere reminding you of a decadent grilled sandwich, or perhaps fondue.

(I often like to drizzle it with a little balsamic glaze for an extra, indulgent tang.)

The only complaint I might issue is that eating one of these never fills me up. But the whole thing is 560 calories and 28 grams of fat, which is basically health food when it comes to pizza (some of the pizzas I have featured here are literally quadruple those numbers) so that shouldn't come as a surprise.

Trader Joe's makes three or four flavors of their tarte, but this one is by far my favorite.

THE RATING: 🍕🍕🍕🍕

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