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Old 09-25-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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Best pizza sauce ingredient?

I'd very much like to hear what people think makes the very best pizza sauce: crushed tomatoes. tomato paste, tomato sauce etc etc. ?
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:05 AM   #2
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Not tomato paste. In the realm of canned tomatoes, the quality of the tomatoes used is more important than the texture of the product. Whether they're whole, crushed or finely ground is less important. I like a smooth sauce for pizza so I process the sauce regardless of the original shape of the tomatoes in the can.

Now if you want to use fresh tomatoes...
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:11 AM   #3
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Crushed. Good dried oregano is important, too.
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Old 09-25-2018, 09:37 AM   #4
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Plain unseasoned smooth tomato sauce, basil, oregano, garlic (fresh if available), salt, ground pepper, red pepper flakes and extra virgin olive oil.
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Old 09-25-2018, 10:35 AM   #5
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I use my homemade marinara. I already have it ready in freezer (small containers). So its my go to for pizza, pasta and other dishes that call for tomato sauce.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:00 AM   #6
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This is the basic sauce recipe that I use. I spread the thick sauce on the dough in a thin layer using the back of a serving spoon and then top the pizza with the remaining ingredients.

Pizza Sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
- cup water
2 cloves minced garlic
1T dry Oregano
1T dry Basil
Mix well. If you use fresh basil omit the dried from the sauce and add the fresh basil as a pizza topping. This makes enough for 2 sheet pizzas. The leftovers can be frozen with good results.

Good luck!
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:52 AM   #7
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The best pizza sauce I've mad thus far was with sun dried Italian plum tomatoes which I re-constituted by soaking in hot water. Unfortunately. I can't get them any more because I from them in an Italian specialty store that no longer exists.
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Old 09-25-2018, 12:04 PM   #8
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Old 09-25-2018, 12:09 PM   #9
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Not all pizzas use tomato sauce. A classic Margherita doesn't use any. A lot of our homemade pies don't call for it, like our crawfish pizza or fig and prosciutto pizza.

For tomato based pizza sauce, I use crushed canned plum tomatoes, olive oil, minced garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, oregano and sugar. I like it to be spicy, but on the sweet side. If the tomatoes are sweet enough, I leave the sugar out.
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Old 09-25-2018, 12:10 PM   #10
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The best pizza sauce I've mad thus far was with sun dried Italian plum tomatoes which I re-constituted by soaking in hot water. Unfortunately. I can't get them any more because I from them in an Italian specialty store that no longer exists.

We grow san marzano tomatoes (and romas), in our own soil, so therefore not official san marzanos. These can be dehydrated and stored in the freezer. To rehydrate, fill a blender half full of water, drop in the tomato slices blend, and let it sit.
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