A supermarket pizza in the 3 dollar range is usually judged by how easy it is to tell the difference between the pizza and the cardboard circle it comes packed on. Not in this case. For one, there’s no cardboard circle.
Always on the lookout for something a little unusual, the words goat cheese on the box label caught my eye. While not exactly up to the level of Anthony Bourdain, another food adventure began as two boxes touched bottom of the grocery bag. At $3.49 each, expectations were low, but then so was the price. Not a lot of investigation went into the decision, meaning I didn’t take the time to read past the words goat cheese.
Where I grew up, mozzarella cheese was the only thing that appeared on pizza. And while I didn’t know or care at the time where the cheese came from, the thought of a goat as the source rightly never crossed my mind. If I had read the label and found that mozzarella cheese was not one of the ingredients, the boxes might have stayed in the freezer case. About the only traditional ingredient on this pizza is some tomato sauce.
The other surprises on the label are spinach, Emmentaler cheese (Swiss cheese), cherry tomatoes and a touch of whole wheat in the crust.
A few taste surprises are also in order. The goat cheese, and there are plenty of large chunks of it, doesn’t really melt like mozzarella, but stays in a soft cream cheese like state. There’s a nice tangy taste to the goat cheese. The Emmentaler cheese is there, but really doesn’t stand out from the other ingredients. The spinach stays leafy and tasty. No mushy spinach here from being frozen. As expected from the ingredients, the crust has a bit of whole wheat taste to it. The really big surprise are the cherry tomatoes, which are sliced in half and placed liberally around the pizza. The tomatoes retain a fresh sweet taste.
The only down side is the size. This is about a 10 inch pizza. It’s good for two people, and maybe a third if everyone is a light eater.
Overall, the quality of this pizza and the non-traditional ingredients place this in the category of a specialty pizza costing twice the price. It’s really that good. If you don’t mind going a little out of the ordinary, give it a try. But give it a try quickly, because it was marked “special purchase, while quantities last”.
The final surprise is, this pizza is made in Germany. So now if you buy a luxury car, you can get a frozen pizza to go with it.
Calories 350 per slice (3 slices per pizza) Price $3.49