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Home Cookin’ – Red Baron Classic “Awesome New Recipe!”

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Red Baron Classic Crust "Awesome New Recipe"So sez the box, promising premium cheese, hearty toppings and 4 meats (sausage, pepperoni, hamburger and ham with natural juices).  “Pepperoni made with pork, chicken, and beef.”

Red Baron is part of the Schwan Company, out of SW Minnesota, purveyors of frozen pizzas and home delivery of heat n eat meals as well as other grocery items.

Red Baron falls into the mid-price range of frozen pies, I get them from time to time, especially if they are on sale.

For me, the real difference in this “awesome new recipe” is an improved crust.  As for heartier toppings and premium cheese, I didn’t see a discernible difference.

Would I buy it again, sure.  Is it at the top of my frozen pizza list?  Nah.

Red Baron Classic Crust Review

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Compare & Contrast – Red Baron French Bread Pizza

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I’ve reviewed Red Baron products  before, frozen pies brought to you by the good folks at Schwan’s from Minnesota, my home territory. (Many believe Minnesota is the birthplace of frozen pizza, courtesy of Rose Totino, and later, Jeno Paulucci).

Today I wanted to take the two French bread pizzas and compare them by cooking one via microwave, the other in a conventional oven.

The instructions are straightforward.  For microwave, remove wrapper, then zap 2-3.5 minutes.  For conventional, preheat to 375, bake on cookie sheet 20-25 minutes.

Done.

Can you tell which loaf was cooked in which oven?  Wait for it….. wait for it…  the one on the left is the microwave product.  Surprised?  Me to.

Major differences to my senses?  The microwaved product is actually more visually appealing to me, and although the conventional oven one, the bread was “crispier”, overall taste did not differ between the two.  The limitations with “basic” microwaves remains the same, however, and that is uneven cooking, even with a carousel.  I’m guessing this product turns out much better in an up to date microwave.

But the taste is fine, mild sauce, slightly spicy pepperoni, a bit oily, but overall,  for me, the flavor and texture is better than a lot of ‘regular’ frozen pies.

I’d buy them again.

 

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Home Cookin’ Test – Red Baron Fire Baked Crust

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One I have tried before, just a quick update      because they were on sale for about $2, and     Mrs. BDB and her friends were enjoying yet     another vegan dinner at our house….and I was   going through carnivore withdrawal (that’s  what SHE said).

My impression last time was largely favorable, and either my taste buds are changing (probably constantly) or the recipe has been varied a little bit.  This time around, I found the sauce a little too “sweet” for my liking.  Didn’t put me off eating the entire 160 carb pie of course (more insulin, please), but OK, I don’t have the capacity that I used to, and the 18.76 ounces of Italian-Style Meat Trio pie took three different consumption periods (note that we no longer call them “meals” at our house) to polish off.

In old economy speak, those “consumption periods” would have been called “dinner”, “4th meal”, and “breakfast.”   So it’s really not a feat worth bragging about, not compared to my college days when I could polish off two 14″ pies from Basil’s Pizza (nee “Bill’s Pizza”) , in Northfield, MN, all be my lonesome (with a pitcher of beer chaser).

I also took exception to the ‘oiliness’ this time, a close-up pic (below) shows a puddle of ‘grease’ – which with a delivered pizza would have decorated the take-out box and been lessened, a bit, I suspect.

Overall?  A fantastic value at the price, and they are frequently on sale.

Red Baron Fire Baked Frozen Pizza

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