Homemade Pizza Sauce

I know, it’s almost too good to be true.  Karen, from The Art of Doing Stuff, graciously agreed to guest post for us here today!  If you’ve never been to her site, you must drop everything and go for a visit.  She does it ALL.  I’ve been following Karen for a long time now, and I have to say that her blog is among my first stops every morning.  But the best part?  She has CHICKENS!  And, she got her chickens at the same time we got ours, so I’ve been comparing notes.  Speaking of which, you should check out her chicken coop.  It’s simply amazing.  Really.  But, let’s talk about her Pizza Sauce instead.  I’ve made it, and it’s wonderful!  Thank you for stopping by, Karen!  Enjoy, all!
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Hi all! Erin and I Intermet some time ago. When I found her site I marvelled at her photos and food. And her photos of food. How could you not. So when she asked if I’d like to do a guest post, I sure SURE! Actually, I think what I said was Um … really? Me? O.K. It’s your blog’s reputation you brave, brave lemon woman. So I searched around to find a recipe I thought would work well on Erin’s site. And by “work well”, I mean one that has the least amount of swearing in it. I think I found the recipe. Homemade pizza sauce. It’s easy, you probably have the ingredients for it right now, and it takes no time at all. Best of all, it’s a pretty much swear free recipe. You won’t swear when you prepare it, you won’t swear when you cook it, you won’t swear when you eat it. Well … you might, but they’ll be swear words of joy.

I’m about to say something very, very controversial and I want you to prepare yourselves for it. By prepare yourselves, I mean get ready to gasp and slap the person sitting closest to you. It’s entirely possible someone is about to take legal action against me for what I’m about to say. Someone might indeed sue me. I would like to officially declare that …

Lebanese people make the best pizza in the world.

There. I’ve said it. And that’s “Lebanese”, not “Lesbians”, although I’m sure there are a few fantastic pizza making lesbians out there. If they happen to be Lebanese … all the better. Have I just made a generalization based on race? Yup. Yes I have. I have done some racial profiling in my post here. I also think Asian babies are the cutest of all babies. Except for cat babies. There’s nothing cuter than a kitten.
When my friend Anj and I were super-cool and young and hip and actually left our houses and saw each other, we were always on the hunt for the perfect pizza. We found that perfect pizza one night in a small Lebanese restaurant that didn’t know enough about pizza to slice the olives they put on top of it. But they had the best sauce I’ve ever tasted. It was the sauce that made the pizza.
What distinguished it was a slight sweetness. Just a bit. It’s not like we were eating caramelized pizza sauce, it was just … a tad sweet. If you weren’t a pizza professional like Anj and I you might not even notice it. Our quest then continued into the grocery stores to find a similar canned pizza sauce. And believe it or not we did find something fairly similar to the delicious Lebanese pizza sauce, but the company who made the canned sauce quickly went out of business and has never been heard from again. I suspect an Italian had something to do with it.
When I asked the fella what the best pizza he’d ever eaten was he cited a place in Ottawa. The Colonnade. An establishment run by … wait for it … Lebanese. I know.
I’ve been making my own pizza for years now, and I’m always trying to find that perfect sauce. And God help me, for some reason it never occurred to me to just make my own sauce. It’s like I had a pizza sauce mental block. For 20 years. So the other day I grabbed a pan, some home pressed tomato sauce and got jiggy with it.
I came up with a pizza sauce recipe that would make any Lebanese proud. An Italian too, I think. And an Asian baby. And of course all lesbians.
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Just saute the garlic in some olive oil for a little bit, then shove in everything else and simmer until reduced to pizza sauce thickness. Takes about a half an hour or so. If you don’t happen to have 4 cups of home pressed tomatoes around you can use crushed tomatoes or even tomato juice with a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste added in. (the tomato juice and tomato paste concoction will take longer to reduce)

Now, as happy as I am with the pizza sauce, a good pizza sauce is nothing without a fantastic pizza crust. And you’ll NEVER believe who makes the best pizza crust. Shocking! O.K., it isn’t really shocking at all. I was just trying to create drama. So sue me.
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  • http://www.thespiffycookie.com Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    I love making pizza sauce from scratch

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12567247557762186044 Julie

    Ah this looks super easy! I’ve always bought my pizza sauce before too….or my pizza. So now I can stop doing that.
    Oh and Karen, I would just like to thank you for introducing us to Erin! What a lovely blog!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08149146564178676221 Tamra

    LOL! “slap the person sitting next to you”… you are so funny Karen. Can’t wait to make this sauce!