Scott and I love ordering in pizza, but we used to avoid eating the leftovers because it never tasted quite as good as when it was fresh out of the oven (or delivery box). That all changed when I discovered this great trick for warming up New York style pizza. Here it is, if you’d like to know:

First, pre-heat the oven to 400. Then when the oven is almost up to temperature, put a cast-iron skillet on a burner at medium high heat. Give the skillet time to get nice and hot, then put your leftover slices of pizza directly on the pan (you don’t need grease or anything since the bread doesn’t normally stick to the cast iron). Let the crust get nice and crispy on the burner for about a minute, then toss the skillet in the oven for 5-6 minutes or until the cheese starts to melt and you hear the pizza bubble. Take the skillet out of the oven and put the slices on a plate, then (this is the hard part) let it cool for a minute or two before eating.

We’ve used this trick for a bunch of different takeout brands, and it’s the closest we’ve come to recreating the straight-out-of-the-pizza-oven, New York style pizza we love. I think the trick is in using the cast iron on the burner, which really gives the crust a good crunch.

Tell me, do you have any tips for reheating pizza (or other foods, for that matter)? Coffee and steamed veggies always seem to give me trouble (my lattes get a gross film on top, and veggies always seem to get mushy when they’re reheated). xo

P.S. This recipe for homemade margherita pizza looks scrumptious.

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