HAM & CHEESE CROISSANT SANDWICHES
It didn't really matter; even following the instructions the cheese on top turned into a greasy mess and the ham inside was cold. Not cool. Cold. The flavors weren't bad, but it was messy and not pleasant to deal with. Perhaps you could microwave this for a bit first and then finish it in the oven, but I'll never know for sure. I won't be getting these again.
BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA
Of course it's still a frozen pizza, so the crust leaves something to be desired and overall the flavors are somewhat lacking. That's just how almost all frozen pizzas go. So I like to add some fresh herbs - adding fresh herbs or extra cheese to a frozen pizzas does wonders for it - and a little extra barbecue sauce. Some cilantro and a little Gates barbecue sauce were in action here. It's not my favorite of TJ's frozen pizzas - that would be the Parlanno or the Margherita, depending on the day - but I still find myself getting it a few times per year.
GOURMET FRIED ONION PIECES
CLASSIC UNCURED PEPPERONI PIZZA
I like them plain but, not surprisingly, Elizabeth likes them dripping with butter.
SPANISH CHEESE TAPAS SAMPLER
One night when I was sharing wine with some friends I brought out the slices on a plate. We devoured them and all were great. I highly recommend trying these, particularly if you like cheese but have never tried any of these flavors before.
BELLA NAPOLI PEPPERONI PIZZA
The pepperoni is some of the best I have ever had on a frozen pizza and the sauce is tasty. I usually forget about these, sometimes for months at a time, then I remember them, eat some, and say "I'm not going to forget about these again." But then I do. I highly recommend keeping a package of these - they come four to a package - in the freezer. They always do in a pinch.
GOAT CHEESE PIZZA
Years ago - perhaps half a decade - TJ's had a "Pizza Formaggio di Capra" - a frozen goat cheese pizza that was perhaps my favorite frozen pizza they have ever carried. But I have not seen it in years. I wish they still had it.
CHICKEN SAUSAGE & CORNBREAD STUFFING
It's November and I love Thanksgiving. So when I saw this chicken sausage stuffing with herbs, I decided to give it a try. (Normally I would not even consider it.) Like many of TJ's items, there were instructions for microwaving and oven-baking. I was so hungry on this particular day that I decided to use the microwave. Four and a half minutes later it came out hot.
It was okay. I know that sounds like damning with faint praise, but I mean, it was cornbread stuffing that I cooked in the microwave. How could it possibly be any better than okay? The spice flavors were nice and the chicken sausage was better than I thought it would be, but overall the whole thing had the consistency of a sponge. I would not be opposed to trying this again - although I doubt I will - but next time I will definitely cook it in the oven.
Hope you enjoyed the rundown. I'm sure there will be another one in December. For those of you lucky enough to have a three-day weekend, enjoy it.