Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce

I don’t usually like taking extra steps for doing things because quite often dinner is done in a hurry. However, this sauce literally takes about 10 minutes start to finish and the added taste and texture is well worth the time.  Not only is this far cheaper than store bought pizza sauce but the flavors are unbeatable.

Ingredients:

4 Plum or 5 Roma tomatoes

1 Large Garlic Clove, finely chopped

2 TBS Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 tsp Sugar

Salt (to taste)

Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat grill to medium heat.

Step 2: Grill the tomatoes whole about 1-2 minutes each side (this step is optional but it adds a lot of flavor).

Step 3: Chop the tomatoes. (I find it easiest to cut the tomato in even slices, then cut them into “sticks” then “cubes”.)

Step 4: Mix tomatoes with garlic, olive oil, and salt and sugar.

Use to make your favorite pizza.

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July 4, 2010. Tags: . Pizza, Sauces & Dips. 1 comment.

Peanut Sauce

This is my most favorite peanut sauce in the entire world. Sometimes when my husband and I go out for Thai food, I’m tempted to make a batch of this and stash it in my purse so I don’t have to order a less tasty extra side for $1.99 (because no place ever gives enough peanut sauce). This is perfect served with Asian Chicken Skewers, or sliced cucumbers (or really any veggie for that matter), or pita chips. In fact, this dip is so versatile and keeps for a couple days in the fridge that I always double it. This recipe originally came from “The New Intercourses: an aphrodisiac cookbook”.

Ingredients:

2 tsp Vegetable Oil

2 cloves minces Garlic

1/4 Cup Chicken Broth

2 TBS Unsweetened Coconut Milk

1.5 TBS Creamy Peanut Butter

.5 TBS Crunchy Peanut Butter (this is totally optional, it just adds some great texture to the sauce)

Pinch of Sugar

Step 1: In a small sauce pan set over medium heat, add the vegetable oil and saute the garlic for 1 to 2 minutes being careful not to let it burn.

Step 2: Add the broth, coconut milk, peanut butter, soy sauce, and sugar. Wisk to blend.

Step 3: Bring toa boil, reduce heat,and simmer for 2 minutes to thicken…stirring frequently.


July 1, 2010. Tags: , . Sauces & Dips. 1 comment.