Pros: When baked, they taste pretty good.
Cons: A bit on the small side.
Pizza. Love it. Occasionally it’s nice to cook an individual-sized pizza at home. One product that I like is the Red Baron Singles Deep Dish 4 Cheese Pizza.
These pizzas come frozen, in 2-packs, from the local supermarket. Or, you can get 6-packs from the warehouse clubs.
These 5.5 oz. pizzas are a bit on the smallish side, with a diameter of about 5”. Yes, they’re supposed to be single-serving, but I wouldn’t mind if they were slightly bigger. No adult is going to eat one of these and think of it as a full dinner. For me, they’re a lunch. They’re called “Deep Dish”, but really they’re only about ¾” tall. In other words, they’re definitely not “thin crust” but they’re a long way from the Sicilian variety of pizza you would get in a pizzeria.
So, yes, they’re a bit small. However, they taste pretty good. The 4 cheese blend consists of mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, and parmesan. And there’s plenty of it. The tomato sauce is thick, well-seasoned, and slightly sweet.
There are two sets of cooking instructions - baking in the oven and microwaving. I have done both. Trust me, unless you’re in a huge rush, stick to the oven. Even though it takes 25 minutes vs. the 3 minutes in the microwave, the results are like night and day.
When cooked in the oven, the pizza comes out - well - like pizza should come out. The bottom is well-cooked, but not burned. The cheese is melty, perhaps slightly browned, and the pizza is hot all the way through.
When cooked in the microwave, the pizza is edible, but just barely. The bottom is not well-cooked at all. It’s hot, but it’s mushy. The cheese starts out cooking from the outside. So if you take it out too soon, the cheese on the inside of the pizza isn’t melted. If you leave it in too long the texture of the pizza becomes rubbery. It’s a matter of watching the pizza cook so that the second the cheese melts on the inside of the pizza, stop the microwave immediately.
Basically, from the microwave you end up with a steaming hot mess of dough, cheese, and sauce. Edible? Sure. If you’re desperate. So, take the 25 minutes to bake the pizza in the oven. Trust me.
As for nutrition, each pizza delivers 380 calories, 16g of fat, 710mg of sodium, 46g of carb, 2g of fiber, 12g of sugar, and 14g of protein. As you can see, if this is your entire meal, it’s not the worst in the world.
The main ingredients are divided into crust (wheat flour, water, vegetable shortening), sauce (tomatoes, food starch), and the various cheeses. The product contains wheat, milk, and soy.
I like the Red Baron Singles Deep Dish 4 Cheese Pizza. I usually keep a few in my freezer for those times when I want a fairly quick hot lunch. I like that they’re individually-wrapped, with all of the important information printed on each wrapper. I wish they were a bit bigger (but of course then the fat and calories would be higher). But as long as you think of them as lunch or a snack, and not as ‘dinner’ they’re fine.