Originally Posted by Juniper
May I know what sort of pizza sauce do you guys put on your pizza? Do you used to ready made from cans or do you have some special way of making your own?
I make both red and white sauced pizzas. I avoid canned pizza sauce like the plague. It's usually sweetened and has "boiled' tasted.
For red sauce I use a simple can of tomato sauce w/o seasoning and add seasonings sprinkled directly onto the sauce after it's spread on the crust. This keeps the moisture content down which is a good thing. I usually use ground fennel seed, dry or fresh oregano and basil and granulated garlic.
For white sauce I make a garlic white sauce and keep it pretty thin. Here's a recipe:
Make a roux: 2 tbsp butter, 3 tbsp flour
add: 1 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, 2-3 garlic cloves, minced (not crushed)
Cook stirring constantly for a few mins until thickened. Take off heat and add 1/2 cup Parmesan shredded cheese and 2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped. Cool this down some before putting it on dough.
In either case the assembly order from bottom layer to top is: Crust, Sauce, Cheese and toppings last. If you put toppings under the cheese they steam and make your pizza soggy.
Cook your pizza as hot as your oven will go or consider using a grill that has a lid and a pizza stone.