By Mike Thayer
Today is September 20, National Pepperoni Pizza Day, so in honor of this day, I just had to bake a pizza...
This pie caught my eye (poet & didn't know it, give me a dime for my rhyme...) while shopping at Walmart the other day. I've never had this brand of frozen pizza before and well, the box just screamed at me... LOL, kudos to the marketing folks at the Screamin' Sicilian Pizza Co. The combination of pepperoni and bacon appealed to me and the price was right so I grabbed one to try.
As I typically do when having frozen pizza is on the menu, I doctored it up a bit. While this pizza came with generous portions of pepperoni, bacon and mozzarella, I added mushrooms, more bacon bits, some Parmesan and a bit of cheddar cheese. Into the oven it went.
In about 18 minutes I had an excellent pizza meal. I hit the outer crust edge with a little garlic butter. In taking that first bite, I got crispy crust (I don't like a doughy pizza), a really nice zesty sauce, melty cheese and all that pepperoni and bacon goodness! I think I nodded my head in approval through the entirety of eating that first slice. This is a pizza, specifically the crust, that truly benefits from a bake direct on the center rack preparation or using a perforated pizza pan. Putting this pizza on a regular cookie sheet or a piece of foil won't do it justice.
Costing me $6.98, I'm giving the Screamin' Sicilian Pizza Co. and their Bacon-Roni pizza 5 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars. This pizza rivals Freshchetta for best frozen pizza. Screamin' Scicilian is priced a bit higher, but it's still very worthy of a repeat buy. From crust, to sauce, to toppings, it's all good, an excellent balance of flavors. I'm looking forward to trying their other topping options.