Toaster ovens are perfect for reheating. They're quick, efficient and the easiest way to make that food taste fresh again. This is increasingly true for reheating pizza. The high direct heat and warm air can char the bottom, while remelting the cheese perfectly (without burning it).
The toaster oven is the optimal way to reheat pizza, besides a full size oven and a pizza stone. But firing up the home oven isn't always practical. Any way you look at it, it's much better than the soggy results a microwave provides.
We use the same principles as any pizza chef would, high temperature and short bake time. This will ensure a crisp crust with a melted (unburnt) cheese.
Step 1: The first step is to preheat your toaster oven to 425 degrees (218 degrees Celcius). We found this to be the optimal temperature for recooking the pizza.
Step 2: Spray your pan with cooking spray to prevent the pizza crusts from sticking to the bottom of the pan. The sheet pan size we used is a 9 ½ by 12 ½ inch pan. It fits perfectly inside our Hamilton Beach and is easy to clean with each use.
Step 3: Place up to 4 pizza slices on the bake pan at a time. Avoid stacking so the pizzas don't stick together. If your pan is overcrowded, the cheeses will all melt together which makes for an unfortunate mess.
Step 4: Leave the pizzas in the toaster oven for about 5 to 7 minutes, just until the cheese looks like it has remelted.
Step 5: Take the pizza slices out of the toaster oven and let them cool. Be sure to use a spatula when serving (it's simply the best tool for the job).
There you have it! After experimenting with various methods, these are the steps to creating the best tasting, reheated pizza. Yes, it's simple and straightforward, plus it gives you the best results if you’re willing to wait for it.
Using a Countertop Convection Oven?
Using the countertop convection oven to reheat your pizza will give you similar (if not better) results. Convection cooking does lower cook time pretty dramatically, so don't be surprised if it cooks your pizza in under 5 minutes. We still recommend 425°F as a pizza baking temperature.
Downsides to Reheating Pizza in Microwave
Microwaves do make food piping hot, but it also tends to create a soggy texture. The last thing you want is soggy pizza, so if you have a toaster oven available, we can't recommend enough. Lastly, you can kick your feet up and enjoy your fresh-tasting, day old pizza.
It doesn’t matter if you have homemade, delivery, or premade pizzas, any kind of pizza can be reheated using this method. We hope you take advantage of your toaster oven and use it to reheat other leftovers too. We've found it to be a pretty versatile piece of kitchen equipment.
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Founder of Robust Kitchen