Tony’s Pizza is widely enjoyed across the US and can be easily found in grocery and convenience stores nationwide. With a variety of flavors available, my personal favorite is the classic pepperoni pizza.
While most people opt to cook their Tony’s Pizza in the oven, there are times when that’s not an option. Perhaps you don’t have access to an oven, or you’re simply looking for a quick and easy meal. If that’s the case, you may be wondering if it’s possible to cook a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave.
In this guide, I’ll be delving into the different factors that come into play when cooking a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave. We’ll discuss the pros and cons, how long it typically takes to cook, and some helpful tips to ensure a successful outcome.
So, Can You Cook a Tony’s Pizza in the Microwave?
Yes, you can! Although the manufacturer doesn’t provide specific instructions for cooking Tony’s Pizza in the microwave, it is possible to cook it this way. However, keep in mind that you won’t get the crispy crust or browned cheese that you would get in an oven. This doesn’t make the pizza less delicious, though – just different.
Here’re some pros and cons to consider when cooking Tony’s Pizza in the microwave:
- Convenient and quick: If you are short on time and need a quick meal, cooking Tony’s Pizza in the microwave can be a great option.
- Less mess: Since you won’t be using an oven, there will be less cleanup involved when cooking a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave.
- No crunchy crust: Because the pizza won’t be baked in an oven, it might not have the same crispy crust that you get with traditional cooking methods.
Although traditionally, you won’t get that crisp and browned crust when cooking a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave, nowadays, there is a microwave crisper pan that you can use to mimic an oven-cooked pizza.
Initially, I was skeptical about using this microwave crisper pan to cook a frozen pizza, but I was pleasantly surprised by the results. Once you get used to cooking it this way, you’ll find how easy and convenient it is to cook Tony’s Pizza in the microwave.
How Long Does It Take to Cook a Tony’s Pizza in the Microwave?
Well, the answer depends on the size of the pizza and the strength of your microwave, but generally speaking, a standard 8-9 inch pizza will take between 4-6 minutes to cook in the microwave. Larger pizzas, such as a 10-inch pizza or a 12-inch pizza, will take between 5-7 and 7-11 minutes, respectively.
For this guide, I use a 900-watt microwave. If your microwave is more powerful or weaker than this, you may need to adjust your cooking time accordingly. If you are new to cooking Tony’s Pizza in the microwave, it is a good idea to start with a shorter cooking time and then increase it as needed.
How To Cook a Tony’s Pizza in the Microwave
Now that you have an idea of what to expect when cooking a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave, let’s go over some basic steps for cooking a pizza in the microwave.
- Preheat a microwave crisper pan for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Remove the cardboard base and the plastic wrap from the pizza.
- Place the pizza on the pan and microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes (or more, depending on size).
- Carefully remove the pizza from the microwave and let it cool for 30 seconds to 1 minute before cutting and serving.
If you don’t have a microwave crisper pan, you can still cook a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave. But, it’s advisable to put one cup of water in the microwave with the pizza to ensure the pizza heats uniformly.
Tips for Cooking a Tony’s Pizza in the Microwave
Here are some other tips to keep in mind when cooking a Tony’s Pizza in the microwave:
1. Use a microwave crisper pan – A microwave crisper pan is specially designed to cook food evenly and prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the microwave. This is especially important for pizza because you don’t want the cheese or toppings to stick to the pan and become overcooked.
2. You don’t need to thaw the pizza first – One of the great things about frozen pizza is that you can cook it right from frozen. There’s no need to wait for the pizza to thaw first. Just pop it straight into the microwave and cook according to the instructions on the packaging.
3. For safety make sure the pizza reaches 165 F – When reheating any kind of frozen food, it’s important to make sure that it reaches a safe internal temperature. For pizza, you’ll want to make sure that it reaches 165 F before eating. The best way to check this is with a food thermometer.
4. Use oven mitts when removing the pizza from the microwave – The pizza will be hot when it comes out of the microwave so be sure to use oven mitts or another form of heat protection when removing it from the oven. You don’t want to burn yourself!
How to Store and Reheat a Tony’s Pizza
The best way to store Tony’s pizza is in the fridge if you aren’t going to eat it within a few days or in the freezer if you plan on keeping it for longer. To refrigerate or freeze Tony’s pizza, first, you need to line an airtight container with a paper towel to absorb any excess moisture, and then place the pizza on top.
If you have more than one slice left, you can stack them on top of each other with more paper towels in between each slice. After preparing the pizza in this way, you can put them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
To reheat a Tony’s Pizza, you can either pop it into the microwave or preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake the pizza for 10 to 12 minutes or until it is heated through. You can also reheat it in a skillet or toaster oven as well.
How to Upgrade Your Tony’s Pizza
If you’re looking to take your Tony’s Pizza up a notch, there are several different ways you can upgrade it.
1. Season the crust: The first step to upgrading your Tony’s pizza is to season the crust. This will give the pizza a little bit of extra flavor and make it more enjoyable to eat. All you need to do is sprinkle some garlic salt or Italian seasoning on the dough before you bake it.
2. Add slices of veggies: Another easy way to make your Tony’s pizza taste better is to add some slices of veggies. This will not only add some nutritional value to the pizza, but it will also add a crunch that plain old dough cannot provide. Tony’s pizzas are usually pretty light on toppings, so feel free to go crazy with this one!
3. Crack a few eggs: This next tip may seem a little bit strange, but trust us, it works. Crack a few eggs onto your Tony’s pizza before you bake it and you won’t be disappointed. The eggs will create a sort of “crust” on top of the pizza, making it even more enjoyable to eat. Plus, they add a bit of protein which can help offset the grease from the pepperoni.
4. Add more cheese: It should come as no surprise that adding more cheese is a great way to make your Tony’s pizza taste even better. More cheese means more flavor, and who doesn’t love that? Just be sure not to add so much cheese that it overpowers the other toppings or makes the pizza too greasy.
5. Add a swirl of sauce: Last but not least, add a swirl of sauce to your Tony’s pizza before you bake it. This will give the pizza an extra zing of flavor and make it even more delicious than ever before. Be careful not to add too much sauce, though, or else you risk making the pizza soggy. A light swirl is all you need!
So, the next time you’re in a pinch and only have a microwave to cook your Tony’s Pizza, don’t despair. Yes, you can microwave Tony’s Pizza and it will still be delicious – just different. And if you want to get closer to that oven-cooked taste, there’s even a special microwave crisper pan that you can use. So go ahead and invite your friends over for pizza night – they’ll never know it wasn’t cooked in an oven.