A couple of weeks ago I made a trip out to The Pumpkin Patch to pick up some fresh produce from their market. While I was there I noticed that the 20 pound boxes of tomatoes had been marked down to $12.99 per box. That made the tomatoes only 65 cents per pound! A great deal and one that I just couldn’t pass up. I purchased one box of tomatoes and some other goodies and headed home.
I knew that pizza week was coming soon in the #tomatolove recipe exchange, so I decided I would use my tomatoes to make homemade pizza sauce. Before I show you how to make pizza sauce, I first want to invite you to come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by Pizza Home Chef. Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.
Making homemade pizza sauce does take some time because you need to allow the tomatoes to simmer for several hours. However, it is very simple to do and the end result will be well worth your time.
Homemade Pizza Sauce
- 15lb Ripe Tomatoes (any variety)
- 2 heaped teaspoons Minced Garlic
- 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 teaspoons Sugar
- 1 heaped tablespoon Dried Italian Herb Blend
- Kosher Salt
Once I had my tomato sauce prepared it was time to make some pizza!
I prefer my pizza on thin dough. I like the dough to be thin, crispy, and a little chewy. One of my favorite pizza dough recipes is from The Kitchn. Their recipe for thin crust dough is perfect because it’s easy to make, doesn’t need to be made ahead of time, and it bakes up crispy, with just the right amount of chewiness. You can find the recipe here.
Once I had my dough rolled out and ready to go, it was time to make pizza. Everyone in my house likes their pizza a little different as far as the toppings go, so we set up a topping buffet and we each made our own pizza. First, we spread some of the homemade pizza sauce on the dough. Then we loaded up our pizzas with lots of goodies.
Sammy likes his pizza with cheese and olives.
Captain Awesome topped his with chorizo, queso fresco, caramelized onions, and sliced bell peppers. Then he added a little more cheese for good measure.
I topped my pizza with canadian bacon, spinach, caramelized onions, roasted asparagus mushrooms, and sliced grape tomatoes.
It was dreadfully hot on the day we made our pizzas. Rather than turn on the oven, we decided to cook our pizzas on the grill. Cooking pizza on the grill is very simple. Brush a little olive oil on the dough, throw it on the grill, brush with more olive oil, flip it, top it, and let it cook until the cheese is all melty and bubbly. Easy! For a full tutorial on grilling pizza from The Kitchn, visit this link.
So tell me do you like thin or thick crust? And how do you like to top your pizza?