Have you ever looked down at your slice and wished there was just a little more cheese?
With every pizza there’s always the risk of “poorly-portioned-mozzarella-melancholy”: The sorrow you feel when you get a slice with lack-luster cheese distribution. We’ve all seen that one spot on the pie that’s showing just a little too much red and not enough shreds.
But, I’ve stumbled across the solution; a quick, cheap fix that will surely prove to be even more essential than the parmesan and red pepper flakes:
A pizza-patching kit.
Also known as a spare bag of mozzarella cheese in the fridge for filling in those dreaded cheeseless gaps. For $3 or less you provide yourself some extra cheesy insurance that can save the day any day of the week.
For many, this concept is a total “no duh”, an age-old no-brainer to step up any pizza, but for folks like myself who’ve always just settled for what they’re given, it’s an awakening. I will no longer bear the anguish of inadequately allocated cheese on my pizzas.
It works especially great on frozen pizzas and take-n-bakes where you never know what sort of machine malfunction or light-handed cheeser could screw up your balance.
Most recently I brought out my bag to beef up a take-n bake pepperoni pizza from Aldi’s on Madisons Westside.
I grew up giving Aldi’s a bad rap (maybe because my only impression was from the dingy Janesville location as a kid). But, it appears they’ve revamped their set up (they’re actually under the same umbrella as Trader Joe’s) and their take-n-bake pizzas and cheese sticks are surprisingly awesome and super cheap.
Last weekend it turned out though that the toppings on the pizza I grabbed got shuffled around a bit leaving a few slightly barren areas.
I was in the mood for “next-level” cheesiness, so I took out my pizza patching kit, did a quick waltz around the pie like a fairie sprinkling pixie dust and voila, I found what I was after.
That pizza patching kit is a force multiplier.
In military science, a force multiplier is a skill, a tool or strategy that will give you a leg up and enable higher output and better results with minimal additional effort. That’s what I got when I put the cheese in my hands. With my trusty bag of mozzarella, I’m no longer at the whim of the fates I can take any pizza from good to great.
What I’m eating: Aldi’s take-n-bake pepperoni pizza (with extra mozzarella from the fridge).
What I’m reading: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life –Walter Isaacson