If you know me at all, you know that pizza is by far my favorite food. I love its versatility as the right pizza can double for multiple meals: dinner, midnight snack, breakfast, lunch. My favorite pizza hands down is a thin crust Hawaiian pizza with pineapple, red onion, and ham; however, I do branch out occasionally and I’m offering pizza reviews as I eat it.
Last night I shared a Papa Murphy’s Veggie deLite pizza with my old roommate Betsy. She introduced me to it earlier this year, and it will probably be a staple of our hang-out time for years to come.
The deLite pizzas have an uber-thin crust, which has half the carbs and half the calories as Papa Murphy’s traditional crusts. Now, I’m a proponent of the thin crust pizza because I can eat more thin crust slices than I can thicker crust slices. Some complain that thin crusts taste and feel like eating cardboard, but having never eaten cardboard myself, I can’t actually defeat that argument (though I imagine cardboard is a bit more fibrous than thin crusts). When you cook it just right, the deLite crust is just the right consistency—not too crunchy and not too soggy. Papa Murphy’s have mastered the art of “take and bake” pizzas, so providing you know how to use your oven, it’s easy to get the pizza crust just the way you like it.
The pizza toppings include fresh spinach, sliced fresh mushrooms, fresh diced roma tomatoes, three 100% whole milk cheeses, and a creamy garlic sauce. Together, all these toppings are delightful. I’m particularly fond of the mushrooms, which have fantastic flavor (as a note, I usually don’t like mushrooms on my pizza—or ever for that matter). The creamy garlic sauce is a nice change from traditional red sauces and has excellent flavor. I tried recreating this sauce at home earlier this summer and failed miserably, so trust me, just drop the change and get this pizza instead. I like olive, green pepper, and onion on my veggie pizzas, too, so next time, I might add them to mix things up.
My only beef with Papa Murphy’s is the use of 100% whole milk cheeses. I won’t stand on my soapbox long, but I’d like to see the company switch to skim milk cheeses. I always appreciate companies who make “eating right” decisions easy. And after all, don’t whole milk cheeses sorta defeat the notion of ordering a light pizza? Papa Murphy’s pizza topping are so flavorful that they really don’t need high fat cheese (and really, how much more flavor does whole milk cheese add to a pizza over skim milk cheese?).
Have you tried this pizza or other pizzas from Papa Murphy’s? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
“And I don’t cook, either. Not as long as they still deliver pizza.” — Tiger Woods