Aug 1, 2014

Frozen Friday: Trader Joe's - 5 Cheese Frusta

Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Frusta is basically a thin-crust pizza that's been folded up slightly to resemble a bow tie somewhat. Other than the odd fold, it's a standard pizza topped with marinara and five cheeses: Mozzarella, Emmenthaler, Edam, Provolone, and Rebekase.

It was $2.29 for 6.5-oz pizza.

The crust turned out nice and crispy from the oven. It was almost cracker-like at some points, but still retained a few warm, soft, slightly-chewy bits. It actually turned out better than some chain pizzas I've had recently.

The shape actually serves a purpose: the folded up edges make for a nice holding surface similar to a wrap. The word "frusta" means "whip" in Italian. There's also an Italian bread similar to a baguette that goes by the same name. It seems like the name comes from the scores on the bread and the shape caused by the fold on the pizza.

The sauce was simple and delicious. It was mostly just plain tomato with maybe a bit of olive oil and oregano.

The cheese melted into a fine mass with a good amount of stretchy gooey-ness. There's a lot of tasty cheese, but not so much that it overpowers the crust or sauce.

Overall, Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Frusta was excellent and quite impressive for something out of the freezer. Also, it's one of the very few things I've come across that turns out looking like the picture on the box.

Nutritional Info - Trader Joe's 5 Cheese Frusta (185g)
Calories - 440 (150 from Fat)
Fat - 16g (Saturated Fat - 8g)
Sodium - 640mg
Carbs - 50g (Sugar - 8g)
Protein - 22g