How Creative can you get with Pizza Sauce and Toppings?
It’s great to either make your own pizza dough or buy a ready made crust but how you top and prepare your pizza is just as important right?
My family is BIG on Pizza and we all have our favorite toppings and of course we all like making our own pizzas depending on our mood that night.
Tonight I made a Margherita Pizza with my Simple Pizza Sauce recipe, freshly shredded Mozzarella Cheese, Fresh Basil leaves and Heirloom Tomatoes. Aren’t these tomatoes gorgeous? Look at all their rich color! The flavor is amazing and they are so juicy. The green ones make me very happy.
It’s ready to pop in the Oven at 425 degrees for about 15 Minutes.
Sometimes I like Pepperoni, Olives & Sausage. Occasionally I will put all kinds of onions, roasted peppers, pineapple and other veggies and meats.
I always use my simple pizza sauce recipe however. Shawn and Alex love a Pesto Sauce some of the time but Sam and I are solely into red sauce.
I’ve played around with Garlic infused Olive Oil as a pizza sauce, creamy pink sauce, pesto sauces and even just plain Olive Oil but sometimes the simple sauce is the best way to go.
My Simple Pizza Sauce Recipe:
- 1 6oz Can Tomato Paste
- 1-2 TBL Minced Garlic
- 2 TBL Olive Oil
- 1 TBL Italian Seasoning
*Mix the ingredients together and viola…Pizza Sauce. It’s delicious and so easy
Pizza Topping can be anything.
When we went to Italy in 2014 we toured the Vatican and Sistine Chapel – twice! That’s a story for another time but, after we finally figured out how to get out to St Peter’s Square we were looking for food! It’s quite a workout getting through Vatican and then maneuvering through Vatican City.
We found this little pizza shop that had all these interesting combinations we’ve never found in the states.
My very favorite pizza we ate in all of Italy was this Ham, Potato and Onion slice. It was SO good. The sauce was more of a creamy Garlic which complimented the Potatoes and Onion perfectly. It was also still considered morning time so these pizzas were their morning offerings. They change the menu for lunch and dinner.
So, have FUN with your toppings. Of course I know that I will never make a pizza with fish on it but then again, I do like Bagels and Lox so maybe putting some Smoked Salmon on a pizza with a creamy cream cheese base, Capers, some thin red onions and tomatoes might be kind of fun.
If you make your own pizza dough like I do, then you can make itty bitty doughs/crusts to make some ‘trial’ pizza blends so you can make mini-pizzas that you can test ideas for. I would hate to make a huge pizza of smoked salmon and then hate it and then waste all my tasty dough and all the fish and ingredients.
Here’s our first pizza we ate in Greece. It was SO good. We noticed in Greece that they liked a thicker dough while in Italy all the pizzas seemed to be thin crust. I just love a good pizza.
This was a Vegetarian Pizza in Athens in the Plaka District. Shawn wanted a pizza our first night there and normally he likes a meaty pizza but this one spoke to him. He scarfed it down.
Our suggestion is to try new pizza sauces, toppings, crusts and styles. Sure, I love a great Margherita Pizza but how would I know that I’d love a breakfast Pizza? It was awesome. I like exploring. I love what I love of course and could easily eat the same pizza once a week but – how boring is that? SUPER!
Thin Crust is my Favorite but a great pan pizza or regular crust makes me happy too. Pizza is a great mood food.
So, Try my Pizza Sauce, play with your toppings and let me know what your favorite combo is.