4/15/2013 10:00:00 AM
Fast Food Review: Pizza Hut Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza
First thing we tried was to pull off one of the cheese pockets, because that’s what they do in the ads, so, of course. Did we get something like 16 miniature versions of Big Pizza Sliders, ready to be passed out to friends, while we kept the inside of the pie to ourselves? Not so much. On closer inspection, the “pockets” were made by folding the edge of the crust back in on itself, meaning the whole thing was very much connected. (You could probably cut the pockets off with a knife, but it would have to be real cutlery - a plastic one would not do - and no one wants to ruin a pizza party with silverware.)
The standup edges are a bonus for any crust fan, since they provide extra real estate for browning and crisping. Biting into the pocket (which we did finally tear off using both hands, with a great deal of paper towels to wipe away the accompanying mess), the crust was satisfyingly buttery and tasty, in that Pizza Hut way. The cheese, however, was a different story.
Perhaps something during the formation of a “five-cheese blend” induces a pentagonal hex that turns the resulting mix into plastic? That might explain the substance we encountered in these reservoirs, which were tough, salty and tasted mostly like grease. The weird thing is, the rest of the cheese on the pie - the regular pizza cheese - was perfectly tasty, and it even oozed and stretched a bit when we separated the slices. Inserted into the crust pockets, though, was something entirely different. And it wasn’t good.
So in the end, we happily ate our sauce, pepperoni and mushroom-topped part of the slice - which ended up being small, since the pockets take up a lot of room at the edge - and also chomped off the outer ridges of the pockets. Left on the plate were piles of nearly impermeable whitish mass, aka five-cheese Italian blend, which you probably wouldn’t even want to feed to your dog. So unless you want to pretend you’re giving a pizza “flower” to someone (it is a pretty image), we say opt for a regular pie instead.