Pizza Hut is the most popular pizza chain in the world, which means that they’re responsible for rolling out the latest and greatest pizza creations in a timely manner. Their latest pie to hit the streets is dubbed the Grilled Cheese Stuffed Crust Pizza, which attempts to blend their trademark stuffed crust pizza with one of the most popular sandwiches around, the grilled cheese. Can the already cheesy sandwich find its place inside of an already cheesy pizza, or is this dairy-lover’s dream just too much for one meal?
The idea of a stuffed crust pizza isn’t all that new, with Pizza Hut sort of leading the way in terms of chain pizza places adopting a crust option that actually stuck around. Establishments like Domino’s and even Papa John’s have attempted to dabble into the crust world, but most have stuck to simple seasonings or a garlic butter spread to add a little punch to those last few bites of pizza, while Pizza Hut has opted to go all-in and give their faithful customers a true reason to finish every single part of the pizza.
Pizza Hut brought the stuffed crust pizza to the world in 1995 and it’s stuck around ever since, reminding fans that their crust can be as cheesy, if not more cheesy than their actual pie. Since then, Pizza Hut has dabbled with various versions of the stuffed crust, such as a bacon-infused stuffed crust and a garlic-seasoned stuffed crust. These ideas have not gone by unnoticed, because people keep eating them up and begging for more.
It’s important to understand that it’s not just the end of the crust that changes when working with stuffed crust, but also the remainder of the pizza, due to the stretchier dough that makes way for a thinner and more soft pizza, versus their hand-tossed or trademark pan crust options. I’ve always preferred the actual crust of the stuffed crust when it comes to ordering up some Pizza Hut and that’s not just because of the extra cheese surprise added on at the very end. I feel that the thinner structure helps balance out the ingredients and keep the initial bites of the pizza feeling light, which helps make way for the grand final bites of cheesy and heavy crust.
What Pizza Hut has done with their new grilled cheese stuffed crust pizza is properly balance the old ways of stuffed crust pizza with the new ways of seasoning and flavoring up the pizza through the means of butter, breadcrumbs and various seasonings to ensure a more flavorful bite.
As I mentioned earlier, other pizza places have widely adopted infusing more seasonings and spices into their crust, cheese and sauces and Pizza Hut has smartly snatched up the idea too. They’ve introduced crust toppers, such as grated cheese blends and even sriracha sauce drizzle, not to mention completely changing the game with a pretzel crust. Now, they’ve taken that a step further, providing us with the evolution of all of these ideas, combined with the trademark stuffed crust.
The grilled cheese stuffed crust pizza starts out like any old stuffed crust pizza, which is with that thinner, yet chewy dough that makes the first few bites less filling than a traditional pan or hand-tossed. It focuses more on the sauce, with the cheese and toppings remaining plentiful, but not the main focus of the pizza. Then, as you move your way up towards the end of the pizza you’re greeted with a new crust that can be described as cheesy, crunchy and reminiscent of the classic grilled cheese sandwich.
Yes, it feels like an overwhelming amount of flavors and textures attacking your tastebuds at first, but it will slowly ease up and melt into your mouth as the perfect pairing of cheese and more cheese. Pizza Hut’s grilled cheese stuffed crust pizza balances the over-abundance of cheese almost without a single mistake, giving you that trademark mozzarella on the bottom half of the pie and then a sharper bite of cheddar at the very end.
The crust is obviously the highlight of this dish and luckily for us it definitely tastes like all of the right layers coming together to make for one exciting new pizza. The stuffed crust aspect is the same, only the mozzarella is traded out for what tastes more like a cheddar, but possibly American cheese, which is honestly not as over-powering as one would expect, followed by a crust that’s buttered up, topped with breadcrumbs and even more cheese.