TOMATOES…they are all ripening ALL at once. So I started looking for recipes that use tomatoes. We had been using them as toppings for pizza a lot…but then I thought what about making pizza sauce from scratch and using garden tomatoes on the pizza.
I searched the web and eventually came up with the recipe below. I do not like tomato paste. It tends to be bitter and to balance it out, sugar is often used. So our recipe does not contain tomato paste, which reduced the addition of processed ingredients and eliminated the need for sugar.
Ingredients (Suitable for 1-2 14 to 16-inch pizzas):
1-2 tablespoons olive oil (I used basil olive oil, available at Trader Joe’s in a 3-pack with lemon and hot pepper olive oil)
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
8-10 medium tomatoes (I meant to weigh them, but I forgot. Once blended, it made approximately 24-32 ounces. See note below)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon flour (optional)
a bit of finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper (add a bit at a time and add last to make sure it is not too spicy for your taste, since Pecorino Romano cheese will add some flavoring as well)
1. Heat the olive oil in sauce pan. Add garlic and saute for approximately 10-12 seconds. Meanwhile, blend the tomatoes in a blender or food processor.
2. Add blended tomatoes to sauce pan and add spices. Heat to simmering and continue simmering uncovered for approximately 20 minutes or until desired consistency. Stir occasionally. I added a bit of flour (with a whisk to avoid clumping) to make sure that the sauce gets desired consistency. I added a bit of finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese. Stir until cheese is fully melted.
3. Use immediately on home-made pizza dough https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/homemade-pizza-dough/ and make home-made pizza https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/homemade-pizza/. Alternatively, the sauce can be frozen, see https://ourfunstuff.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/freezing-homemade-pizza-sauce/.
We used a variety of heirloom tomatoes. We seeded some of them as we wanted to keep the seeds. I will post how to save tomato seeds soon.
Inspiration came from the world-wide web, just to list a few recipes I looked at before I started this kitchen experiment. Thanks for the delicious inspiration =)
Inspiration for spices and parmesan: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/exquisite-pizza-sauce/ ; http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/basic-pizza-sauce-recipe.html ; http://www.ohsweetbasil.com/2013/04/pizza-sauce.html
Inspiration for using the blender and storage: http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com/2013/02/5-minute-pizza-sauce.html
Inspiration for using fresh tomatoes: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/basic-tomato-pizza-sauce-recipe/