By Nancy Barrett – If you were fortunate enough to have hot lunches in your elementary or middle school, you probably remember the rectangular, doughy mass that lunch lady Lois served up on Fridays. They called it pizza, but it sure wasn’t like the kind of pizza you got at home. Somehow, that didn’t matter much. It had its own appeal and you loved it.
Toffuti’s Pan Crust Pizza Pizazz is kind of like that hot lunch pizza. It’s rectangular, it’s either doughy or crunchy depending on how you cook it, it’s flat, it’s tasty… and it’s not like the pizza I remember from my days of dairy-eating. But, like that hot lunch pizza it has a LOT of appeal. It kind of tastes like that hot lunch pizza, too!
Looks just like the real thing.
Tofutti offers two ways to cook their pizza and I highly recommend you use the longer-cooking directions that involve placing the pizza on the rack. It’s pretty crunchy when it comes out, but that beats doughy, in my book. The cheese doesn’t melt and get stringy like real cheese, but it does have a texture like the cheese on lower-end dairy frozen pizzas. It’s pretty darn good!
The Tofutti “cheese” has a slightly sweet taste to it. If you can overlook that, it’s pretty tasty. When I first gave up dairy 5 years ago, I couldn’t hack the faux cheeses. Now, I can appreciate them for what they are. Tofutti’s “cheese” on their pizza isn’t real cheese and obviously has a slightly non-cheese flavor, but it does fill a hole in the pizza experience fairly well. There’s enough fat to make you feel like you’ve had a REAL meal. The sauce is nicely flavorful, but not overpowering. The crust has an almost buttery flavor, without the butter.
$2.99 for one serving, and available at my local grocer. However, my local grocer does have a good organic and vegetarian section. I find it interesting to note that my local Coop doesn’t carry it, nor does Whole Foods. For $3, I can afford to eat this pizza any time I feel a craving coming on.
It only comes in one flavor, plain cheese. I like plain cheese pizza, so don’t get me wrong, but they could do a pepperoni version, or a veggie version and I’d be an even happier camper.
Tofutti’s frozen pizza is good enough to be a staple in my freezer. It’s comfort food!