Hot or cold? Here's the correct way to cut and serve pizza

Virgin Radio

9 Feb 2022, 17:15

It's a much-loved meal, but it turns out there's a right and wrong way to serve pizza.

Whether you prefer a thin and crispy slice or a deep-pan pizza with cheese you could wallow in, there's a pizza for everyone.

Chances are, you've not given much thought to when you slice your pizza, but it turns out it can have a big impact on how much you enjoy it.

It can make or break your meal, as you don't want to lose all of your perfectly baked toppings if it all goes wrong.

A chef, Ann Kim, says the best time to slice up your pizza is when it's fresh out of the oven.

“Once you let it settle, it starts to toughen up and it’s actually more challenging," she told Food and Wine

"I would highly recommend waiting a few minutes before you actually pick up the slice and eat it, for fear of burning the roof of your mouth. Because we’ve all done that before."

She clarified: "But once it’s out of the oven, let it sit a few seconds and then cut right through it.”

That's the top tip for if you're using a pizza wheel cutter, however, her advice is different if you only have a knife to hand.

She said: "I also think, if you are using a chef’s knife, wait for it to cool down because that will prevent the cheese from sticking to a room temperature knife.”

Using a super-sharp knife also makes a difference too.

If you have any slices left and you're not a fan of cold pizza, there's an unconventional method to heat them up.

You might think the easiest way is to stick it in the microwave for a minute or two, but there are better ways for a crispy slice with melty cheese.

Neither, you put it on the stove.

A TikTok hack went viral, sharing how to reheat pizza in a pan on the hob.

The creator and chef called Tara puts the slice in a pan, and says you wait until the cheese begins to soften, at which point: "You’re going to take some water, you don’t need a ton, just a little bit, and put it down on the pan.”

In the video, the pizza starts to sizzle when the water is added.

“Next, pop a lid on top. The steam is going to perfectly melt that cheese and it’s going to taste as good as it did just when it was delivered.”

The question is, do you ever have any leftover?