So one of the joys of moving is discovering brand new exciting places to eat. Sometimes they’re local restaurants, and other times they’re just chains that you’ve never been exposed to before. For example, it’s quite exciting that out here in Colorado, there are many more Mexican chain places then just Taco Bell (well, or the Chipotlesque upscale fast food type places). And, there’s more beyond the standard pizza chains I’d overeaten at back in Richmond. Indeed, there is a glorious place called Papa Murphys. The concept of the place is interesting – they build you a pizza as you watch, and then you take it home and bake it yourself (with instructions included). It’s cheaper for you then getting a pre-cooked one, you can stick in the freezer to eat later, and, if you burn it, you only have yourself to blame. Which is better for the store of course, but it does save you the angst of having to be bitter at some hapless sixteen year old getting minimum wage to cook your pizza.
Anyhow, their stuffed crust pizza is magical, whereupon they lay out the dough, dump on sauce and toppings, then press “repeat”. This would be the chicken and bacon variety of the stuffed crust pizza:
Incidentally, 1/12 of one of these babies would be 440 calories, bringing the entire pizza to 5280 calories total. Meaning one could live off of a single chicken bacon stuffed crust pizza for about 2.5 days or so. This pizza also contains 440% of your daily recommended sodium intake, along with 420% of your saturated fat for the day (score!!). Then again, if you’re actually worried about any of these numbers, I recommend skipping the pizza and hitting the Salads R Us next door or something.
The next time I get one of these pizzas, I’m going to have to get the traditional red sauce rather then their signature “creamy garlic” sauce. Now, I know that some people are super into these white sauces, but I’m a bit ambivalent. It’s not that I dislike a white sauce on a pizza, it’s just not my ideal pizza situation. You see, I feel about white sauce pizza the same way I feel about North Carolina vinegar-based barbecue – they’re both pretty good, as long as you add some red sauce.
Albeit, with this much cheese, I can be distracted from the lack of proper sauce:
Incidentally, I checked Google Maps, and there are approximately 7578347394875 Papa Murphys locations in the US. So much for this being a local chain, eh? They’re pretty much everywhere but the East Coast. There’s one in Charlottesville, VA, and one in Georgia, and that’s it. I imagine they’ll start sprouting up along the Atlantic soon enough though, in a giant wave of tasty. Now, all I need to do is start rooting for the much beloved Ledo Pizza to move it’s way out west, and then I can die happy, drowning in glorious heaps of cheese.