Tuesday, October 13, 2009

When the moon hits you eye....

When looking for dinner inspiration, I employ three strategies:

A) Find out what my co-worker is making and steal her idea
B) Take a mental inventory of the pantry on the ride home
C) Open the nearest cookbook/magazine/website and point

Tonight I opted for Plan B; which led me to homemade pizza. I always keep fresh dough on hand; it’s easy to throw together a pizza or calzone using veggies or meats. But we’re not here to discuss toppings, let’s dig under the surface to the sauce. Pizza sauce is incredibly simple to make, and often the “forgotten” ingredient in pizza. We sing the praises of cheeses, toppings and crust, but does anyone ever mention the sauce? Here is my recipe; you don’t need to use much as it has a very concentrated flavor. Make some now, freeze the rest for another time.

1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1 tablespoon Italian Sausage Seasoning (or 1 tablespoon oregano, basil or Italian herb blend)
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground paprika

Mix ingredients together in small bowl until smooth. Makes enough for approximately 3 medium pizzas.