One of my biggest fears that I have yet to conquer is making my own dough from scratch. Between the flour getting everywhere, the kneading and time for the dough to rise, it gets bit too involved with my busy schedule. I won’t lie and say I make my own dough. I usually go out and buy the prepared prepackaged stuff for either pies or pizza and fill in the rest of the dish with my own ingredients. So until I master my own fear, I’ve been mastering the art of pizza using commercially prepared dough.
The usual pizza we make is sausage, mushrooms and black olives. I’m usually game for the the more adventurous pizza toppings but this combo seems to please everyone’s palate here at home.
One part of the secret to homemade pizza is the sauce. This simple sauce starts off with tomato paste with some seasoning added in. When available, I toss in fresh herbs instead of dried. I replace 1/3 of the water with white wine if I have a bottle open.
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
3/4 cup water
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 dried oregano
1/8 cayenne pepper
In a sauce pan, turn heat to medium low and combine all ingredients breaking up cheese clumps. Allow sauce to heat for 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld. Taste sauce adding salt to taste. Spread over pizza dough and use desired toppings.
Leave a comment by August 31 with your favorite pizza toppings and I’ll randomly chose one person to receive a coupon for a free package of Johnsonville Italian sausages and bratwursts!