Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Alternative Pizza Sauce

I have always made my pizza sauce very simply.  Pizza sauce is not pre-cooked.  It is just tomato.  In fact, if you go to Italy you may find the sauce with salt and pepper, but basically it is just plain tomato.  You can blanch whole tomatoes, peel them, cut them across on  the horizontal, squeeze out the seeds and puree the flesh.

You can use crushed tomato.

They usually just spread the sauce and sprinkle with a few basil leaves and mozzarella slices.

Sometimes, I have people who like rather sweet tomato sauce on their pizza.  Sicilian pizza is this way.  In this case I dilute a can of tomato paste  with water, after adding salt, pepper, 2 parts Oregano, 1 part Basil, garlic or garlic powder and red pepper.

After thinning, it should be about the consistency of heavy cream.

Smell the finished sauce and give it a taste before using it.
 
You may also just use the thinned paste, salt and pepper.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tim Kelly's Apricot Chicken

4 chicken breasts, thighs or one cut up fryer on the bone.
8 oz red Russian dressing
I envelope dry onion soup mix
8 oz apricot preserves
 mix together and marinate the chicken one hour
Use salt and pepper only as needed.  It is a bit sweet without being overpowering.  Salt and pepper will not be necessary for most people as the onion soup is salty already.

Bake at 325 for 90 min if using the chicken on the bone
Bake at 350 for 60 min for chicken breasts or thighs

This would work nicely for pork tenderloins, pork chops or even salmon.

Tim is my nephew from my last marriage.  Working in a city facility feeding the elderly.