My mom needs to gain weight so her doctor told her to eat lots of pizza (wouldn't you love to hear your doctor say that!). It's way too hot here to use the oven so we've been making them in the microwave. Not as good as the oven but not too bad either. One problem: the crust doesn't get too crispy, even the types that are made for the micro. Does anyone have a remedy for this? Thanks!
Try cooking the pizza on top of the stove in a black cast iron frying pan, using medium temperature.
If you have a toaster oven, try making the pizza in that. It does create more heat than the microwave, but a lot less than a big oven, and the crust will be crispy.
Pampered Chef and other cooking supply places sell stones that are supposed to crisp up the crust more than a metal sheet does. I haven't tried it in the microwave, but a call to a pampered chef seller could answer if it will solve the problem.
It does work in the toaster oven to make things crisper. Takes a few more mins to heat up in the toaster oven than a metal tray (25 instead of 20 for instance for chicken nuggets) but things do come out a little better.
I haven't tried it but, how about cooking the pizza in the microwave, then stick it in the toaster oven for just a few min. to crisp & brown
You can also grill if if you have a BBQ. Quite yummy!!
The best thing we ever bought was a Convection Oven. I haven't had my big oven on in months. Can't tell the difference. I recommend them highly.
There are "Brown and Crisp Bags" for sale on ebay. See what you think of them.
Something I have used are the small "crisper" pieces of cardboard (?) coated with what looks like a metallic finish and then covered with plastic........these were in the individual boxes of Maria Callender's Microwave chicken pot pies. After I cooked the pot pies they were easily wiped off and saved for future microwave use. I have reused them to reheat pizza several times with no problem. I believe I have seen similar "sleeves" or "plates" included with individual, single serving, frozen, ready to microwave and eat foods. The package will usually mention having a "crisper" sleeve or accessory. I rarely purchase these types of food but while my adult son stayed here, recuperating from back surgery, he would often buy and try different Microwave foods that are available.
Try cooking it on a BBQ. Also, put a scattering of some corn meal between the baking platter and the pizza to keep it from sticking.
Here is a recipe from Kraft Kitchens for cooking a frozen pizza on the grill. I have not tried it, but it sounds like a good idea.
http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx ... keyword&u2=grill%20pizza&u3=**2*9&wf=9&recipe_id=92257
PS If your mom is eating pizza, she's not getting enough protein nor dark green veggies. Consider the pizza to be a side dish.
We all wish we had that problem. I have found that reheating pizza or after microwaving, you can place it in a large lightly oiled skillet. Cover only if reheating to warm up the top. Just check the bottom in a few minutes and it's just like take-out.
There are many other ways to gain weight, but if she wants pizza then how about after the pizza is done in the oven, throwing on a frying pan (preferably iron skillet) for a few minutes to crisp up the bottom? That doesn't heat up like the oven.
Ooops, I just saw that someone else had the same idea! Oh well! Try it!
Lean Cuisine has a pizza that comes with a crisping container. I buy one and reuse it as many as ten times before I need to throw it out and buy a new one. Its the square one, not the round.
I would also have her consider things like protein shakes and other foods - pizza is great in the short term but I'm sure she's going to get sick of it!
Instead of using pizza dough to make microwave pizzas, just use garlic bread or french bread. Add toppings and microwave 2-3 minutes and you'll have your pizza.
Place the pizza in a microwave oven. Dampen a paper towel with water and place along the crust. Turns out perfectly.
Nicely explained, I actually made this dish today, it is a universal fact that food cooked in microwave oven tastes delicious. Microwave oven usually saves time in cooking and does retain the nutritive value of food. It is guaranteed method of fast cooking.
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