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Pizza Sauce

Copyright © April 2, 2018 by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
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The following Gourmet Recipe is included in my book: Grandpappy's Gourmet Cookbook.

Introduction

Sauce on Pizza The sauce used on a pizza is one of the three critical parts of a pizza (crust, sauce, cheese).

Pizza toppings, on the other hand, may not be a critical ingredient because:
  1. Some people do not want any type of additional toppings on their "cheese" pizza.
  2. Some people can enjoy a pizza with or without any additional toppings.
  3. Some people will not eat a pizza unless it has the toppings they desire.
The sauce is critical because its flavor significantly impacts the taste of the pizza.
  1. Some people prefer a really "spicy" sauce. However, this type of sauce can make a person very thirsty for a long time after eating the pizza, and the sauce can cause some people indigestion.
  2. Some people prefer a really "bland" sauce. This type of sauce is sometimes preferred by young children, by older people, and by people who have digestive issues.
  3. Most people prefer a "gourmet" sauce that has a delightful taste, that does not make them extremely thirsty, and that is easy to digest.
My gourmet sauce recipe falls into the third category above.

However, I have also included information on how to modify my gourmet sauce recipe so that it is similar to some of the sauces used by some of the popular pizza restaurants in the USA.


Pizza Sauce (1 1/2 Cups for One 12 inch Pizza)

1 (15 oz.) can tomato puree 1/3 tsp. marjoram
1/4 c. water 1/3 tsp. basil
1 1/3 tsp. granulated sugar 1/3 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. extra light olive oil 1/4 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano 1/2 tsp. iodized salt
1/3 tsp. lemon juice 1/8 tsp. fine grind black pepper

Pizza Sauce in Bowl Sauce per Pizza: There is no standard for the thickness of a layer of sauce on a pizza. Different restaurants will put more or less sauce on top of their pizzas and this is one of the major reasons why different people prefer one restaurant's pizza to the pizzas served at other restaurants because different people prefer more or less sauce on their pizzas. Less sauce increases the taste impact of the cheeses and toppings on the pizza, and less sauce is usually easier on the digestive system. Only you can decide how much sauce you prefer on your homemade pizzas.

  1. Grandpappy’s Gourmet Pizza Sauce: Use the above quantities of all the ingredients and follow the instructions below.
  2. Domino's Imitation Pizza Sauce: Omit the lemon juice and the thyme. Add 2 1/4 cups finely shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Yield will increase to 3 1/2 cups of sauce but the sauce will contain a lot of cheese so keep this in mind when you add shredded cheese on top of the sauce.
  3. Little Caesar's Imitation Pizza Sauce: Omit the oil, lemon juice, marjoram, and thyme. Decrease the sugar to 1/4 teaspoon. Increase the oregano to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Add 1/4 teaspoon onion powder.
  4. Papa John's Imitation Pizza Sauce: Omit the marjoram and the black pepper.
  5. Pizza Hut Imitation Pizza Sauce: Omit the oil and the black pepper. Increase the oregano to 1 teaspoon.
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a nonstick saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat while stirring. Reduce heat to very low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 60 minutes, or until the sauce is the consistency you prefer. Simmering for 60 minutes is recommended because the longer you simmer the sauce the more completely the flavors meld together, the thicker the sauce will become, and there will be less sauce to cover the top of the pizza. If you use too much sauce, or if the sauce is too thin, then the melted cheese on the finished pizza may slide off the sauce onto the plate.



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