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Frozen Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 1, Kirkland brand

By Mike Thayer

Pizza - Perhaps the greatest food invention ever and I don't know about you, but I don't know anybody that does NOT like pizza.....

So who makes the best of the cheap frozen variety?  How will your preferred brand stack up?

I like pepperoni, it's my go-to for a pizza topping and my favorite pizza combo is a thin crust, pepperoni, mushroom, onion, with extra cheese.  You won't find that combo in grocery stores, so with that in mind, part of this review/evaluation of pizzas is the ability to doctor it, as in add your favorite ingredients.  Lord knows the bargain basement brands don't exactly get crazy with copious amounts of meat and cheese.  A lot of folks 'doctor' pizzas before placement in the oven and I'm here to assist with that.  No, that doesn't mean I'm a pizza nurse...  Don't go there.....

Kirkland Pepperoni Pizza
Kirkland Pepperoni Pizza

For the first day of this challenge I went with a Kirkland brand pepperoni pizza.  If you're not familiar with Kirkland, it's the house brand for Costco.  I included them in this challenge because check out this price.....  I picked up a box of four pepperoni pizzas for just $11.99, or $3 per pizza.  That's about as bargain priced as you can get.  If you need to feed a mob of people, here you go....

Kirkland Pepperoni Pizza
Out of the box

So how was the pizza?  It was a good start to the pizza challenge.  The portion of pepperoni - and it's a good pepperoni - after a bit of adjustment (shifting during shipping) was as generous as pictured on the box, no false marketing there.  The cheese was also in good portion and melted nicely.  The sauce was a bit on the sweet side but not bad in combination with the other ingredients.  The crust, while a tad bland (could have used some garlic butter), held up to the addition of other ingredients.  Sometimes when doctoring a frozen pizza, the crust doesn't hold up.  Not uncommon with the bargain brands, the crust edges will over-bake in the time allotted while the middle comes out under-baked.  Not so with this pizza.  It handled the addition of mushrooms, onion and extra cheese no problem.  I baked the pizza directly on the oven rack, per the box instructions.

Kirkland Pepperoni Pizza out of the oven
The 'doctored' pizza out of the oven

The Kirkland Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza was definitely friendly on the wallet and nice on the taste buds.  Kirkland gets three out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.

3 stars

Kirkland Pizza Crust
The underside of the crust

Stay tuned for more frozen pizza reviews, with a complete ranking of worst to best to wrap up the challenge.

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