“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Other Ready Meals „
These pizzas are absolutely gorgeous, and are perfect to have in for an emergency when you have had a tough day at work and can't be bothered lifting a finger in the kitchen (except to open the box, take the cellophane off, open the oven, put the pizza in and turn the oven on), or just simply because you fancy pizza!
The pizza's themselves are a fairly deep base, with a lovely deep, crunchy base, lots of tomato and plenty of pepperoni, but it just seems a bit stingy on the cheese in my opinion so I always sprinkle a little extra mozzarella on just to give it that more authentic taste. The pepperoni is lovely and you certainly get plenty of it. Overall I would give the taste of the pizza 4 stars out of 5, add extra cheese morrisons and I'll give you a full 5 stars!
They are currently £1.49 each, but they seem to be on offer fairly regularly for 2 for £2.50.
Now for the tough part... the nutritional content, now pizza's are never going to be a winner with this part, so give it a chance!!....
Salt equivalent: 0.8g
It does give a warning on the box that the pizza contains gluten, milk, soya, sulphite, and is also produced in a factory which uses nuts and sesame ingredients
They take roughly 20 minutes to cook.
4 stars - more cheese please!
I am not a big fan of Morrisons own brand products, but when I noticed their frozen Deep Pan Pepperoni Pizza I decided to buy one for my granddaughters' to share on Saturday evening while we watched a film. Of course, Nanny had to have a slice to in order to be able to tell you all about it - but gosh, I really wish I hadn't bothered as it's an awful excuse for a pizza!
Cooking only takes around 15 minutes according to the box, but after this time the cheese still looked bland and slightly frozen so I popped it back in for another few minutes until the cheese was bubbling and melted nicely.
The first thing I noticed about the pizza was the fact that there doesn't appear to have been much cheese used to create it, this is fine with me as I don't particularly enjoy lots of cheese on a pizza but those of you who like copious amounts of stringy cheese will be disappointed I fear. Another thing to note about the cheese is that it looks decidedly Cheddar-like, as opposed to the lighter and stringier mozzarella I had been expecting from the blurb on the packet.
I couldn't find my pizza cutting wheel on Saturday so took the sharpest serrated knife I have and started slicing the pizza. I say started because the base is so extremely tough to cut that in the end I had to merely score the pizza and rip it into wedges with my hands. I was not feeling good about the pizza when I sat down to eat, and the slice I had confirmed that it is indeed awful and a total waste of £1.50!
The base is almost too hard to eat, it's not light and airy as I like my deep pan pizza and neither is it dense and stodgy (another way I enjoy pizza) but it's quite simply hard. Just hard with no depth of consistency whatsoever.
The topping isn't much better. While there are plenty of rounds of pepperoni, they are very greasy and lack the spiciness I am accustomed to when eating this variety of pizza. The pepperoni is actually rather tasteless and doesn't add anything to this pizza in either flavour or texture.
The tomato sauce used to top the pizza has the barest hint of basil to flavour it and while it smells rich and flavoursome, this doesn't come through in the taste at all. Add to this the flavourless cheese and you have a very bland and uninspired pizza indeed!
I didn't like it at all, in fact this review is based on just half a slice as I simply couldn't eat the rest of the wedge I had cut for myself. Together the lack of flavour makes this a very hollow tasting meal, even my pizza loving granddaughers' couldn't manage to eat the rest of it and they both complained about how hard the base was compared to the usual frozen pizza I buy from Sainsburys.
PRICE: £1.49 for 382g, which would serve approx. 3 normal appetites
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (per 100g):
- of which sugars: 4.4g
- of which saturates: 5.5g
Salt equivalent: 0.8g
Wheat flour, water, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni (made of: pork, pork fat, salt, spices, dextrose, spice extracts), ascorbic acid, sodium ascorbate, starter cultures, sodium nitrite, coriander, garlic, onion, maltodextrins, spice extract, crushed tomato, tomato puree, vegetable oil, yeast, maize starch, salt, sugar, soya lecithin, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, paprika, cayenne, cumin, coriander, black pepper, maltodextrin, dried glucose syrup, flavouring
Contains gluten, milk, soya, sulphite, and is produced in a factory which uses nuts and sesame ingredients
Morrisons Deep Pan Pepperoni Pizza is to be found in the deep-freeze department, and comes in a largely green-coloured box showing an image of a very delicious-looking pizza. The rear of the box gives nutritional information, ingredients list, advice that the packaging is recyclable, storage instructions and cooking instructions (pre-heated oven, 190C/375F/Gas mark 5 for 20-25 minutes).
Most of the time I'm not a great fan of pizza, but occasionally (about once a year or so!) I get a fancy for one. Wandering around Morrisons, my attention was drawn to their deep-pan pepperoni variety - it was probably the rather classy and tasteful-looking pack which lured me, so I decided to buy just one and give it a go. At best I'd gobble it up in a blissful haze of epicurean euphoria, and at worst I could put it down to experience and write a DooYoo review about it!
I don't like pizza with other things - just on its own - so decided to have the whole thing if it wasn't too big, with no accompaniment(s). I opened the box, and inside, the pizza was encased in the usual plastic covering. Snipping the top open with sharp scissors, I was pleased that the film peeled away easily, revealing a reasonable sized pizza diameter-wise, but somewhat thinner than I'd expect for its claim of being deep-pan....probably less than 1/8th of an inch thick. The topping on the pizza did look appetising, but seemed a little out of proportion regarding the combination of ingredients. There was a massively generous serving of pepperoni, yet the cheese and the tomato sauce servings appeared very sparse. Usually when I encounter a pizza with less than generous cheese and tomato toppings, I add my own - but in this instance decided to leave the pizza as Morrisons intended, mainly for the purposes of being able to provide an accurate review on DooYoo.
Following the cooking instructions on the packet, I sat and waited for some kind of aroma to emanate from the oven, but there was none. Cooking time up, I proceeded to serve the pizza onto my plate. It came away from the baking tray easily, but made a horrendous thudding noise as it hit the plate. Even before tasting it, I could tell that the base had hardened to a point where it would be very difficult to chew.
Relaxing back on the sofa with tray on lap, I tried to cut a piece from the edge of the pizza, but my knife wouldn't go through it. I had to go back to the kitchen and get a bread knife, and I wasn't very happy about that. After much sawing and energy expenditure, I finally managed to yank off a bite-sized piece of the pizza and did the taste test. Oh dear....the base was so very very hard, that I just couldn't eat it - also, it didn't seem in the least authentic and was more like a very dry, hard savoury biscuit than a yeast-based, soft-ish dough. Wondering if the base was softer in the middle where it would have been moistened by what little tomato sauce there was, I sunk my knife right into the centre, yet still found the base resembled reinforced concrete. The tiny bit I was able to chew didn't taste how it should either - it was bland, unpleasant, and completely the wrong consistency.
Declaring the base 100% inedible, I proceeded to scrape off the topping and sample that on its own, hoping to find a shred of palatability. There was only a meagre smear of tomato sauce, the sparseness of which hadn't been enough to keep the base moist whilst cooking, and the cheese was barely noticeable - but as said above, the pepperoni serving was extremely generous. Mixing the topping together, I sampled a forkful and noticed that the tomato taste was imperceptible, and there wasn't any hint of herbs or the plethora of flavourings the ingredients list boasts. As far as the cheese was concerned, it may just as well have not been there - the almost unnoticeable portion was completely tasteless.....but, the rather large sized and generous serving of pepperoni slices was utterly delicious - soft, succulent, spicy and satisfying.
The dustbin became the recipient of the pizza base, and I managed to get through the topping. If it hadn't have been for the very good pepperoni, the topping would have found its way into the dustbin too.
My verdict: Unchewably hard, tasteless and non-authentic pizza base which is too thin for a deep-pan - virtually non-existent cheese and tomato, lovely spicy and very edible pepperoni. Even though the pepperoni is commendable, the rest of the pizza is so very bad, that it's of little or no consolation, and doesn't earn Morrisons any more than one star for this product.
My recommendation: Give this pizza a wide berth....OK the pepperoni is brilliant, but the overall experience is a total let-down. If you want something that's in reality just pepperoni, then buy a pack of pepperoni!
Thanks for reading!