Friday, October 30, 2020

Whole Foods Thin Crust Chicken & BBQ Sauce

I've never written about Whole Foods frozen pizzas. 

That's because I've never had a Whole Foods frozen pizza. 

I don't have any particularly strong reason, but I supposed it's because I've had their refrigerated, pre-made pizzas a few times over the years, and I did not enjoy them. 

But, last week, all Whole Foods-brand frozen pizzas were on sale for 50% off. At that price, I was happy to try one. I selected BBQ chicken, which, for some reason, they choose to call "Chicken & BBQ sauce."

I was impressed with the size of the chicken on the frozen pie. Of course, size doesn't matter, it's how you use it how it tastes, right? Who cares if the chicken is big if it's rubbery and/or flavorless? 

I will get straight to the point: It is probably the best barbecue chicken frozen pizza I have ever tried.

Let's get the negatives out of the way first: I wish there had been more cilantro. And the crust was your typical frozen-pizza crust. 

Now the good stuff. 

The barbecue sauce was sweet and delicious. Normally, I prefer a spicy barbecue sauce when eating barbecue, or burgers, of chicken tenders. (My two favorite barbecues sauces in America are both spicy: Gates and Rudy's.)

But on a frozen pizza, I don't want spicy; I want to taste everything else prominently. And while this sauce was very sweet, it still worked. 

There was plenty of cheese and it was good (thought not great). 

The red onions tasted fresh, perhaps the best red onions I have ever had on a frozen pizza. 

But the standout was the chicken. It tasted like fresh roasted chicken that had just come out of the oven. It was definitely, without any question, the best BBQ chicken I have ever had on a frozen pizza. 

I am going to get this pizza again, even if full price. The next time it goes on sale, I am going to buy multiples. 

THE RATING:  πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•

Friday, October 23, 2020

Trader Joe's Tarte au Brie et aux Tomatoes

Do you speak French? I do not. 

I took six years of French from grades 1-6 but none of it stayed with me. 

I never understood why we were taught French; I grew up in Southern California. 

From grades 8-11, I took four years of Spanish. I no longer live in California but I still find myself using Spanish on a weekly basis. I wish I had been taught that in grade school instead of French; 10 years of Spanish would have been more useful.  

At any rate, this is my way of explaining that I have no idea wha the name of this pizza means.

Although I suppose it does not require fluency to guess that it means "really freaking thin crust pizza with Brie and Tomatoes."

I'm not actually going to rate this pizza, though, because I don't like tomatoes. I know that might seem strange, as I love pizza, and tomato sauce... and ketchup... but something about the appearance and the texture of tomatoes, I just can't stand.

(By the way, someone else bought this pizza for me, that's why I had it in my freezer.) 

If you like Brie and tomatoes, you can probably assume that this would earn a four-slice rating, just like the Tarte D' Alsace that I really liked

I have three new frozen pizzas in the freezer that I'm going to try this weekend while watching the World Series, so I can assure you there will be new reviews (with ratings) coming up soon. 

Have a good weekend. 

Friday, October 9, 2020

Tombstone 4 Meat

 
I was making a homemade pizza the other day (white wine & shallot sausage with goat cheese and caramelized shallots) and decided I would pick up a frozen pizza as well. Because why not?

It occurred to me that, other than "limited edition" pizzas that Tombstone has released over the years ("Diablo," for example), I do not believe I have ever eaten one that is not pepperoni. So I decided to get the "4 Meat" version.

I won't waste your time: it wasn't good. 

Now, it wasn't exactly bad. It's just that the best part of it was the pepperoni, by far. And, due to it being four-meat, there was less of the pepperoni than you would normally find on a regular pepperoni pizza. 

The sausage, beef, and Canadian bacon were not memorable. (The beef was not even noticeable, actually.) So even if you like those things, you're bound to be disappointed. Better to try another brand. 

It will probably be years before I try another Tombstone pizza. And when I do, it will definitely be pepperoni. 

THE RATING: πŸ•πŸ•

Friday, October 2, 2020

Red Baron Classic Crust Supreme

I believe I have mentioned this before: Red Baron was not a big part of my frozen pizza routine when I was a kid. It wasn't until a few year ago when I discovered their "Thin & Crispy Bacon Lovers Pizza" - which I love - that I started to think of them as an option. 

I recently decided to try one of their "Classic Crust" pizzas, the supreme version.

About what I expected. I suppose there are more peppers than usual, which is always nice. 

It was a beautiful early-autumn day, so I decided to use my Uuni pizza oven. 

The pizza oven gets up to 950ΒΊ, so the crust cooks much quicker than the toppings. If you're cooking a frozen pizza, this can be a problem. (I placed it back in the oven for a couple of minutes while sitting on the stainless steel pizza peel, which allowed the toppings to warm without the crust burning.) 

While I did not like this as much as Red Baron's Thin & Crispy pizzas, I thought it was pretty good. I wish there had been a few more pepperoni, but I can say that about almost all frozen pizzas. Certainly, the crust was much better when cooked in such a hot pizza oven. 

I'm not rushing out to buy another one, but I would certainly purchase this again. 

THE RATING: πŸ•πŸ•πŸ•

BONUS: 
This is Maggie. She desperately wanted a bite. 

What do you think? Should I give her one? 

Okay.