Pizza Sauce

A vital ingredient on any pizza is the sauce. Sauce is available ready-made in a jar from the grocery store, and there are very good sauces available. Even a spaghetti sauce will do in a pinch. Nevertheless, the connoiseur will want to make pizza sauce in a pot on the stove at home. Most sauces will begin with a tomato paste base with herbs and spices added. Yet tomatoes are not essential, alfredo style sauces can also accentuate meats like chicken and ham. To develop a special recipe for use at home here is a great basic recipe which can easily be adjusted.

Meatball Pizza

Ingredients:

1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
dash black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
dash crushed rosemary

Directions:

To a sauce pan add tomato paste, water, and olive oil. Mix well with a spoon. Add garlic and other spices including pepper, oregano, basil, and rosemary. Place over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Stir and turn to low and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. May be used immediately, however, this sauce is better if allowed to sit for several hours. When pizza dough is ready, spread on dough.

Plenty can be done with this basic recipe. A more Mexican flavor can be added by using cilantro instead of oregano and rosemary. A pinch of lemon juice can add a tangy flavor. Red pepper can really spice it up. A bit of cumin can add a chili-like note. Hot sauce, even a sprinkle of fennel seed can be the makings of a "secret sauce".

Alfredo Pizza Sauce

Tomatoes are indeed healthy, but the aspiring pizza chef need not be limited to tomato sauces. Just as there are white sauces for pasta, there are white, alfredo style sauces for pizza. Like red sauces, these can be adjusted to taste.

Ingredients: 1/4 cup butter
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 or 3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
dash pepper

Directions:

In a medium saucepan over medium heat melt the 1/4 cup butter. Sauté garlic for 2 or 3 minutes. Add in the flour, then stir in the heavy cream. While stirring constantly add in Parmesan cheese and pepper. Remove from heat. Allow to cool or use immediately.

This very basic recipe can use the addition of green herbs. Parsley is a good start. Nevertheless, it will benefit from basil and a touch of oregano as well. Try white pepper instead of black pepper. It gives a more smooth flavor. This recipe is great for chicken pizzas or even honey ham.

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