Our test-kitchen pros investigated the best methods for turning last night’s leftover slice into a fresh-tasting snack—without turning on the oven.
IN A SKILLET
Here’s where dropping your slice cheese side down is a good thing! Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high for 3 minutes, then cook your pizza, cheese down, for 2 to 3 minutes to get it nice and caramelized. Flip it over and cook for another 4 minutes to crisp up the crust.
IN A TOASTER OVEN
For ooey-gooey cheese, lock in moisture by spritzing the top of your slice with a light coating of water (really!), then place pizza directly on the oven rack and heat at 425° for 7 minutes. That’s about half the time it would take to preheat a regular oven!
IN A MICROWAVE
If you can live with a less-crunchy crust, this is the quickest way to get piping-hot pizza that tastes fresh and not microwave-gross and hard as a rock. Fill a mug with water and place it next to your slice in the microwave, then cook on high 20 seconds or until warmed through. Voilà, your cold ’za is hot again!