Red Baron 4-Cheese Pizza

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Red Baron 4-Cheese Pizza

Looks: I still can’t get these pizzas to brown properly, even after following different advice I’ve gotten from readers: “Move it under the broiler”; “don’t preheat the oven”; “use a blow-torch.” None of it works. 4 out of 5

Taste: There is a definite quality scale of frozen pizzas: it starts with your Lunchables mini pizzas (ketchup and bread), then you have your Jack’s/Jeno’s/Totino’s, then up on the high end, you have your Digiorno’s and Freschettas – the “pizzeria-style” pizzas (if you believe their commercials). I would place this Red Baron above Digiorno, but below Freschetta. The cheese is thick, the sauce is zesty, and the crust is nice and chewy, but not as nice as Freschetta’s. This pizza has a good collection of herbs mixed in the cheese as well, and I think that is what really sets it apart from the Jack’s and Jeno’s. 4 out of 5


  1. Anonymous says:

    Where do you rank Tombstone pizza on your scale? Kay

  2. Anonymous says:

    Red Baron! I remember those, from the days when we were young and foolish and thought cooking meant “take it out of the box and put it in the oven”. They sold ’em for 2/$10 at Grand Union.

    Just posting to say your new photo set-up is really excellent, and I appreciate the time you spend on this site. (Because I don’t cook, and my partner does, and when he’s out of town I’m always tempted to buy frozen meals. And then I look at What It Looks Like In Real Life and I make myself something at home instead. You’ve saved us hundreds of dollars. Hee.)

  3. Eating The Road says:

    Above Digiorno huh? That’s pretty good. How does it rate with CPK or those “artisan” pies?

    Here…this little chart will help next time you’re in the freezer aisle 🙂

  4. FoodIRL says:

    Above Jack’s, below Digiorno.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Your new photo set-up is pretty darn good actually, keep up the good work. As for frozen pizzas I do take exception to your rating Tombstone ahead of Jack’s. While Jack’s is very mediocre I have always had a bad experience with the cheese on Tombstone’s pizzas. They don’t melt well and have an off taste. Jack’s is extraordinarily bland, however if you sprinkle some oregano and garlic powder on the pizza prior to cooking it actually makes them somewhat tasty. Red Baron is definitely a step up and I agree that Freschetta makes a darn good frozen pie. If you haven’t yet you should try thr frozen California Pizza Kitchen ones, I hear they are very good.

  6. John says:

    I think the browning is a very minor issue when I look between the box and your photo. What’s missing is the stretched cheese! There’s not enough cheese on the actual pizza to stretch (it appears), while there does appear to be enough on the box. So there’s a cheese discrepancy. That said, I’m fully confident they “PhotoShopped” that image on the box to insert the stretched cheese. Deliciously unnatural.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Cook it at 415 degrees for 27 minutes. The cheese turns to a golden brown and the crust is crispy. This is in a preheated oven with the pizza pan preheated as well.

  8. TominVA says:

    I like the Red Baron frozen pizzas. I consider them above Digiorno simply because they taste really good and don’t cost as much as the Digirono pizzas do.

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