Sometimes Thicker IS Better

Sometimes Thicker IS Better

I’ve written recently about pizza, probably too many times for my waistline. Sometimes it is store-bought frozen, other times I use a pre-made crust and add my own toppings. Last year I was on a make-your-own-dough trek that resulted in really good meals but a big mess and a lot of preparation time. My specialty is thin crust, but sometimes they just aren’t filling enough. In the past our go-to ‘thick’ pizza has come from the franchise that rhymes with ‘slut’, but now we have a new option just down the road from our house; Papa Murphy’s and their new “Fresh Pan” option!

We have friends that have regularly invited our family over and cooked up a couple pizzas from Papa Murphy’s in the past for us and all of the kids. It is a great stand-by when you have company and don’t feel like paying full-price for takeout pizza (plus deliver, plus tip). Oddly, we never found ourselves headed there since we normally prefer thinner crusts. Almost cracker-like thin. But when we’re really hungry and want a lot of toppings only a pan pizza will hold up. This was a good opportunity to see what all the fuss is about.

We were in luck, the Fresh Pan pizzas had just gone live the night before, giving the employees a full day to ‘get the kinks out’ of making them. They were also running a special for a 1-topping Fresh Pan for only $8 as part of the grand introduction! But we were there for a heavy pizza. $8 for a freshly-made (with fresh ingredients) large pan pizza is too good to pass up, so we ended up getting that too so we were assured leftovers! What was our main choice? Gourmet Chicken Garlic (Fresh Pan of course). Made with a creamy garlic sauce instead of a red sauce, it also has white-meat chicken, tomatoes, green onions and an herb & cheese blend.

Even better, my wife spotted a little sign inside with an additional promotion! Sign up for text notifications and get a free tub of cookie dough! I’ll be signing up next time – we’ll be set for cookies for a while!

Papa Murphy's - Cookie DoughThese pizzas were large, we had to stack them in the oven on two different racks. It was odd seeing so many ingredients that you couldn’t see the crust. The instructions did say it would rise (and to pop any dough bubbles along the way), so I had my fingers crossed.

Papa Murphy's - Putting in the OvenOMG Nicole, clean the oven! Sheesh!

425 degrees for 12-18 minutes is what the instructions suggested, and it took all of those 18 minutes to get to our desired doneness.  In fact I could have probably cooked it a little longer as these pizzas are thick with toppings, not to mention the thicker crust. So plan on 20 minutes for your cooking time.

The results?  See for yourself!

Papa Murphy's - Cooked

Papa Murphy's - Pepperoni Slice  Papa Murphy's - Garlic Chicken Slice

Let’s be honest, I’m still a thin-crust guy. But these Fresh Pan pizzas are a close second. I can’t (yet) make a good thick-crust by scratch, so when the urge arises these will be my new go-to.  Do yourself a favor and try them out and don’t forget your coupons. You can find out more about Papa Murphy’s and their new Fresh Pan pizza via their Twitter and Facebook pages. And leave the cookie dough for me!


About Scott

A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as, and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

30 comments on «Sometimes Thicker IS Better»

  1. That is a pretty thick pizza. It looks delicious.

  2. Because I love bread so much, I always loved thick crust pizza. And that cookie dough looks awesome.

  3. We love Papa Murphy’s because I feel their quality is so much better. It is AWESOME on a pizza stone!

  4. Roechelle says:

    That pizza looks awesome. I do not eat pizza that much but when I do, I prefer the thicker crust…….thanks now I want this pizza 🙂

  5. Oh wow does that look good! I need to keep my eyes open for this.

  6. We have never tried that brand, I’m intrigued by the pans they come in, I’ve never seen a pizza come in a deep pan like that.

  7. Oh those look yummy and makes me long for a good deep dish pizza.

  8. Those look GOOD! I’m a total thick-crust girl (explains my waist . . .) and now I wish we had those out here!

  9. Looks great. I am more of a medium crust girl. I do not like my crust to thin that it falls apart. I also am not a fan of when it is to big that it takes away from the flavor.

  10. LyndaS says:

    I was going to make spaghetti tonight for supper but now am rethinking that decision. That pizza is so appetizing.

  11. Digna D. says:

    Pan pizzas are my favorite. Looking at these pizzas has me wondering. There goes my diet!

  12. Kerri says:

    That is a thick pizza! I bet it was good!

  13. Yum, Now i really want pizza for dinner tonight.

  14. Kay M. says:

    Our family is definitely a thick crust pizza family. The pizzas in your pictures look amazing. We haven’t tried Papa Murphy’s but I’m thinking we should, if it’s available in our area.

  15. Now THAT pizza looks amazing! I wish there were one of these closer to me! 🙁

  16. Mmmm, that pizza looks amazing! I wonder if we have one of those near me…I’ll have to look it up!

  17. Cat Davis says:

    Yum! I didn’t know Papa Murpheys made thicker pizzas like that. It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten one from there.

  18. I’m mad we don’t have that place near me. Those look heavenly and so cheesy and delicious.

  19. Oh, I am ALL ABOUT the thicker crust. Something about having an inch of fresh, warm crust under my toppings makes the pizza so much more enjoyable!

  20. Wow, that looks so good! I bet it smells even better. I love pan pizza too!

  21. wow!! This looks so yummy!! Pizza is a weakness for me.

  22. We have so many pizza places in my town that people are complaining to the village about it but Papa Murphy’s is one that we do not have.

  23. Amy says:

    Can’t wait to try this!

  24. Rebekah says:

    Oh – what a good alternative! My hubs is a fan of thicker crust pizzas and he LOADS his on. I bet he’d love this.

  25. Leslie Roberts says:

    I definitely agree that a thicker homemade crust is way better, then loaded with cheese yummy, it’s what’s for supper tonite

  26. Julian Reyes says:

    This is making me hungry! I love all kinds of crusts!

  27. Misti says:

    Just sent my hubby to pick up a large pan crust gourmet chicken garlic lol thanks for the suggestions & the pics! I usually get the pan crust in Cowboy but you just made me try something new 🙂

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