Once upon a time, in a galaxy far far away, Little Caesar’s was my favorite pizza. This was back when their slogan of “Pizza! Pizza!” actually meant something, as their schtick was “Buy one get one free”. I was younger then, and I’m sure my definition of “good” has changed a bit, but it still must be acknowledged that Little Caesar’s has gone downhill. It’s that whole “$5 for a pizza” dealio (now $5.50 or thereabouts, I believe, at least around where I live.) The quality isn’t as good as it used to be, and the cheese is, well, sparse.
I am, however, one who cannot say “no” to cheap pizza, and thus, every once in awhile, I still get one.
Another option for cheap pizza, however, is making your own. You just need a bag of mozzarella/pizza cheese (or a block if you’ve got the time and gumption to shred it), a can of tomato paste (mix with water, a touch of vinegar and sugar, plus italian seasonings for delicious joy), whatever ingredients you like, plus a crust in some form. For awhile, I was using the sort of crust that comes in a tube. This crust lives over with the crescent rolls and biscuits in the grocery store. It’s good for awhile, but after making pizza with it several times, you start feeling like you’re eating a pizza on a giant biscuit. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just that sometimes you want something a little thinner.
In comes the next experiment: the 44 cent Walmart pizza dough.
The pizza bears a striking resemblance to cardboard. However, at 44 cents a pack, I can overlook this. The packaging departments for off-brand products aren’t exactly staffed with the A students from design school. I’ve had many a delicious off-brand product whose packaging left much to be desired.
The mix easily became dough, and after much stretching and prodding I almost got it to cover the recommended cookie sheet. Apparently their idea of a cookie sheet was smaller then mine, as the crust was stretched to a worrisome thinness. It ended up cooking fine, though, and was thin and soft. The toppings used were pepperoni, pineapple, tomato, and artichoke hearts. Massive cheese also aided in the deliciousness.
I thoroughly recommend this crust mix, especially if you are feeling poor and desperate for pizza. The extra time in making it is completely worth not having to eat Little Caesar’s! One pack of crust mix is barely enough, though, next time I’ll have to get two packs (for a whopping 88 cents!) This pizza fed 3 people quite well, and Drew and I have been feeding on the topping remnants since then. Good times!