Thursday, June 4, 2015

Day 8 - Pizza Sauce

Ultimate Pizza Sauce

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped celery
2 garlic cloves
1 (8 oz) can + 2 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
3 tsp dried basil
3 tsp dried oregano
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 small bay leaf
1 tsp fennel seed

Directions:
1. In a large skillet, melt butter with the oil. Add the onion, celery and garlic and saute until soft and transparent.
2. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste and stir until smooth
3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to slow simmer.
4. Simmer fro 30-60 minutes.
5. Remove the bay leaf and spread sauce on your prepared pizza dough.

Science of being Saucy:
Tomato sauce adds a “bright” flavor to a pizza. That brightness is the acidity found in tomatoes. This acidity is why some people experience acid reflux after eating pizza. If that happens to you, add a tiny pinch of baking soda to your tomato sauce. This will help neutralize the acid in the tomatoes. It’s all in the layering of the dough and the sauce, too. The contrast between the crispiness of the dough and the dampness of the tomato sauce is irresistible, therefore, more is better.

Sauce used on pizza

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