Friday, May 8, 2020

Trader Joe's Organic Woodfired Sicilian Style Pizza

Yes, another Trader Joe's pizza. You are probably tired of reading about them. I'll be honest: I'm tired of writing about them.

In the last month, I've made a couple of trips to grocery stores other than Trader Joe's - including a truly disgusting trip to Walmart, but that's a story for a different forum - but mostly, I've only been going to TJ's. So these are the only pizzas I have been buying.

The Organic Woodfired Sicilian Style Pizza" is nothing too challenging - red peppers, provolone and mozzarella cheeses - with one exception:

It also includes a tube of olive oil with red pepper flakes to drizzle over the pizza to spice it up. We'll get back to that.

As has been occurring frequently with Trader Joe's pizzas, the topping are assembled in a rather hasty manner.

Unlike most Trader Joe's pizzas, which cook quickly in a 425-450ΒΊ oven, I cook this one at a lower heat (about 365ΒΊ) for a longer period, to allow the balls of mozzarella to melt.

The cheese and peppers are a good combination, but not particularly flavorful. The sauce is more robust than most TJ's pizzas, tasting strongly of roasted tomatoes.

If this is all the pizza offered, I would not buy one again.

Which is why they thoughtfully included the spicy olive oil.

And make no mistake, this stuff is spicy.  If you are averse to spicy food, I would advise you to stay away from this oil completely. However, if you love spice, as I do, do not hesitate to pour the whole thing over your pie, because in addition to being spicy, it is also very tasty.

It's not a great pizza, but it is great for what it is: a low-priced (as are all TJ's pizza) and tasty break from the regular cheese and Margherita pizzas that I usually purchase there.

Next week, I promise I will visit a different market and buy two or three non-TJ's pizzas to write about in the coming weeks.

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