Like Chicks in a Cheesy Barnyard
Peeps come 10 to a box. We used 20 Peeps (2 boxes) to top a large pizza.
The Age of Innocence
Ah, cute little Peeps, all nestled in your little cardboard chickie coop. Ye know not what awaits you. But those dough rounds should give you a clue.
When I first talked to Joe Riggio of NY Pizza Suprema about making Peepza, he didn't even blink. Well, he might have, since we were talking on the phone and I couldn't see him, but without missing a beat, he was like, "Sure! Come on in." Anyway, he was more enthused about it than I thought, even suggesting we make Peeps rolls.
But I had done Peeps melt tests in a 450°F toaster oven back at the office, and after telling him that the average Peep melt time was 3 minutes, we had to abandon this idea.
Rejoice, little ones, you have been granted a reprieve!
Knowing that the Peeps had a just-under-3-minute life span in a 450°F oven, Mr. Riggio suggested that we par-bake the pizza and add the sugar chickies during the last minute of baking. The Peeps roll birdies' reprieve was rather short, and they ended up joining their flockmates on this pizza in short order.
It's Gettin' Hot in Here
I was worried that the Peeps might not properly meld with the pie and become an integral part of it. After we popped it in the oven, I soon realized my worries were unfounded.
Adding Insult to Injury
The Peeps melted beautifully within about 45 seconds, sort of slowly swaying and just beginning to collapse into the mozzarella. By the time the pie hit the box, some were melting like the Robert Patrick Terminator. Slicing through them with the pizza cutter was a further indignity we put them through.
Joe Riggio with the Peepza
I'd like to thank NY Pizza Suprema owner Joe Riggio and his crew for being such good sports—and any NYPS patrons who were there at the time, wondering what this weird dude was doing bringing Peeps in for toppage.
Back at Slice HQ
By the time I got the Peepza back to HQ, it was still more than warm, but the Peeps had set up a little bit and didn't provide the ooze I was hoping for in this photo.