Reheat leftover pizza to bring out flavor

Sep 28, 2007 at 9:29 p.m. ET

Some like it hot, some not. While many people say they prefer leftover pizza cold -- and for breakfast, at that -- reheating it can revive just-baked flavor.

Karen Blakeslee, Kansas State University Research and Extension Rapid Response coordinator, offers these reheating tips:

To reheat pizza in a microwave oven, place the pizza on a microwave-safe plate or tray; cover it loosely with plastic food wrap, vent at one edge. Cooking time will vary with thickness of crust; size of slice; and topping. Reheating pizza in the oven usually takes longer, but crust is less likely to toughen, she says. Place leftover pizza on an oven-proof baking sheet or pan; cover with aluminum foil and place in a preheated, 350-degree F oven. Reheating time will vary with thickness of crust, size of slice and filling.

Use a food thermometer to check safe-to-eat temperature -- leftovers should be reheated to 165 degrees F. Pizza should not be reheated in the take-out or carry home box. Some are not oven-proof, Blakeslee says.