Why You Should Add Toppings To Frozen Pizza After It's Done Cooking

Melty cheese, hearty meats, crusty dough, your favorite veggies ... when it comes to pizza what's not to love? And while visiting or getting delivery from your favorite local pizzeria can be a blast, frozen pizza is a cheap and easy way to get dinner on the table fast.

There are several tried and true ways to enhance the flavor and texture when making frozen pizza at home, such as using a pizza stone or baking directly on your oven rack and turning the heat to the max. And regardless of the type of pizza you're eating, it can easily be glammed up with personalized toppings such as veggies, extra cheese, meats, and even fresh herbs like basil, chives, or oregeno as AllRecipes suggests. But believe it or not, when you add these extra ingredients matters if you really want to take your frozen pie to the next level.

Adding toppings after baking will enhance your frozen pizza texture

According to "Top Chef" contestant Jamie Lynch, you can amp up your pie by adding a sprinkling of toppings after you finish baking it (via Insider). Doing so can enhance the flavor and texture of a frozen pizza. Lynch told Insider, "Not many people think to garnish their pizza after it's done cooking, but this actually adds a ton of unexpected flavors and texture." Lynch specifically calls out marinated artichokes, Parmesan cheese, olives, and baby arugula as ones that offer something really special when added post-bake.

You can also add toppings before baking your pie, but it's important to know which ones are best added before and which should be tossed on at the end. Serious Eats points out that there are many veggies that can elevate a frozen pizza, such as mushrooms, tomatoes, eggplant slices, potatoes, spinach, and even shaved asparagus. The outlet recommends thinly slicing your more watery veggies and par-cooking them before baking but adding crisper veggies to the 'za after it's done cooking. Crust Kingdom says the key is asking yourself how the toppings will hold up in the oven. As high heat may burn some delicate additions, it recommends hiding those underneath the cheese for heat protection if you absolutely must add them before baking.