Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Review: Pizza Hut - Big Pizza Sliders

Pizza Hut's new, limited-time Big Pizza Sliders are basically mini pan pizzas sold in a set of nine for the same $10 as Pizza Hut's regular large pizza.

You can choose up to 3 toppings for each set of three mini pizzas, essentially giving you three different combinations of toppings per order. It's good for when you're feeding a few people and they all want different toppings.

I don't know why these are called "Big Pizza Sliders" instead of just "Pizza Sliders" or "Mini Pizzas." They're not big (but are enough to replace a Pizza Hut slice) and they're not sliders.

I ended up getting chicken on one set of three, pepperoni and sausage on another, and bacon, tomatoes, and onions on the last.

In looks, these most resemble the frozen, individual-sized, deep dish pizzas from Red Baron. There's a tall but thin layer of crust that runs all around each pizza. It looks a bit pre-formed rather than hand-made, but I didn't see them make it so I don't know for sure.

If you like Pizza Hut's Pan Pizza, these are very similar. They have that same oily crispy crust and plenty of it.  The sides were reasonably crispy, but the bottom is where you get the prime crispy real estate with a thin, but wonderfully crispy layer along the bottom of each mini pizza. There's also that familiar Pizza-Hut-pan-pizza oily flavor that is hit or miss depending on your preference (I don't like it so much, but I know plenty do).

Each mini pizza is fairly thick and doughy; there's a lot of breadiness to each one. The inside crumb retains a good deal of moisture with a soft, enjoyable denseness.

Topping-wise, I got a decent amount on each pizza and a good amount of cheese as well. Sauce was used sparingly. Of the three topping combinations, I liked the flavor of the pepperoni and sausage best, but it was a bit overly salty (I never thought so growing up though when it was my go-to topping combination; I guess my tastes have changed). The chicken was nice enough, but a bit plain. The bacon, tomatoes, and onions were decent, but the bacon didn't quite shine through.

Overall, Pizza Hut's Big Pizza Sliders are pretty decent. They're good if you like Pizza Hut's pan pizza, especially if you like the oily crispy crust as you get more per pizza here. If I were to rate them against Pizza Hut's limited-time offers of last year, I would put them way ahead of the Overstuffed Pizza, but behind the P'Zolo.

Nutritional Info - Pizza Hut Big Pizza Sliders - 1 topping - Pepperoni
Serving Size - 1 slider
Calories - 260 (from Fat - 100)
Fat - 11g (Saturated Fat - 4g)
Sodium - 590mg
Carbs - 30g (Sugar - 2g)
Protein - 9g
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