Friday, August 7, 2009

Homemade Pizza Sauce

Caution: Possible High Fat Zone!!!!

I love making my own pizza. It has quite a different flavor than the ones I get from the pizzeria, but that's what makes it unique. I change my sauce each time according to whatever herbs I have on hand.
I like to make a traditional American style pizza, as well as experimenting with other flavors. Sometimes I make Mexican pizza using regular pizza sauce but adding hamburger browned with taco seasoning, Cheddar/Jack cheese, black olives, green chilies, and onions. When the pizza is OUT of the oven, top it with dollops of sour cream, lettuce, and fresh chopped tomatoes, if so desired. But beware, the sour cream adds calories and fat. To lighten this up, use low-fat sour cream. You could also add guacamole, but now we're talking serious calories. Try layering plain avacado slices on after baking is completed.

Make a barbecue chicken pizza with leftover grilled chicken and red onion. Use barbecue sauce in place of the pizza sauce. Mozzarella is great with this one!

I'm sure you must have had ham and pineapple pizza. Yum! How creative are you with your pizzas?
Send me some of your favorite recipes and share with my readers.

Here's a great pizza sauce recipe made with lots of fresh herbs for that real homemade pizza taste. Plan ahead. It needs to simmer for quite a while.

1/3 c. salt pork
1/2 small onion, diced
1/2 carrot, diced
12/ celery stalk, diced
1 1/2 c. tomatoes, fresh or canned
1 c. tomato puree
1/2 t. thyme
1 t. basil
1 bay leaf
2 garlic cloves
1/2 t. pepper
1 t. salt
1 t. sugar
1 1/2 c. chicken stock
1 ham hock

1. Saute salt pork in a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and saute, but do not brown.

3. Add the tomatoes, and tomato puree, thyme, basil, oregano, bay leaf, garlic, pepper, salt, and sugar.

4. Add the chicken stock and ham hock.

5. Simmer slowly for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until desired consistency has been reached.

6. Remove bones and bay leaf and blend with an immersion blender or food processor. Makes 2 cups.

Next I'll share a very good pizza dough recipe. Come back tomorrow!

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