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With autumn upon us and cooler weather sweeping in, everybody is starting to think about comfort food. Soup. Pies. Meat and potatoes. But one of my favorite meals growing up was a grilled cheese sandwich with a cup of tomato soup, especially on a cold winter day.
Another of my favorite meals growing up on was pizza, especially on…well, any day, really. That might explain why kids called me “Stuffed Crust” in high school. It also helps explain why my physique was such that my waistline looked like a literal cheese-stuffed crust.
Pizza Hut has now combined two of my biggest vices with their new Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza. The outer crust contains both cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and is topped with melted butter and toasted breadcrumbs. It also comes with a trial-size bottle of cholesterol medication. Okay, that last part isn’t actually true, but it probably should be.
The first thing that struck me about the Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza is how different the outer crust looks from the rest of the pizza. The toasted breadcrumbs are definitely noticeable, but even more obvious is the stark contrast in thickness going on. If there’s one gripe I have with Pizza Hut‘s gimmick crust pizzas, it’s that they always seem to focus too much on the crust, at the expense of the rest of the pizza. That seems to ring true here, too.
The pizza itself is Pizza Hut’s usual, but still worth mentioning. Pizza Hut’s sauce is sweet and slightly zesty, which provides a nice complement in flavor to whatever toppings you choose (I went with pepperoni to keep it simple). The cheese doesn’t add a whole lot of flavor, and there seems to be less of it compared to other chains. As expected, the crust of the main part of each slice is thin and limp. Not the most appetizing word choice there, but it’s true.
So, the question you’re all asking: how’s the crust? It’s good, but not for the reason you’d expect. The cheddar and mozzarella combo doesn’t actually taste that different from Pizza Hut’s standard stuffed crust offering. It might be slightly tangier, but not nearly the same sharpness you might associate with a grilled cheese sandwich. What actually works is the breadcrumb topping. It’s buttery, slightly garlicky, and really salty. The large toasted portions of the crust also provide a nice crunchy contrast to the pillowy crust underneath.
At the end of the day, this Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza wasn’t bad by any means. It just didn’t taste like grilled cheese to me. Pizza Hut has done a lot worse with their gimmick pizzas (lookin’ at you, Hot Dog Bites pizza), so I suppose we can consider this one a success for them. If you liked stuffed crust pizzas, go ahead and give this one a try. After all, it’s only a matter of time until Pizza Hut replaces it another comfort food hybrid. Tuna Casserole Stuffed Crust, anyone?
|Item:||Pizza Hut Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$12.99 at Pizza Hut|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-1 slice):||400 calories, 180 calories from fat, 20 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, .5 grams of trans fat, 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 860 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 1 gram of sugar, 18 grams of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Crust is pretty good, but doesn’t taste like grilled cheese. Pizza Hut’s pizza is fine but nothing to write home about. One of Pizza Hut’s better “limited time only” offerings. Tuna Casserole Stuffed Crust Pizza.|
|Overall Score:||7 out of 10|
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