15 Alternatives to Tomato Sauce The most important element of cooking is to balance flavors and textures. When it’s done well, eating becomes a true experience. Pizza is a perfect example of this with its crunchy and chewy crust, balanced with a tangy and velvety tomato sauce. Toppings contribute their salty or earthy flavors and the cheese harmonizes the medley as a fatty, and ‘oh so satisfying to chew’ flavor blanket. Hungry yet? It can be hard to imagine a pizza without the classic tomato based sauce, especially if you’ve never had one. In America, commercial pizza restaurants have offered
One of the most important things to know about making your own pizza dough is how fermentation works and why it matters so much. Fermenting a batch of dough together over a number of days helps create huge flavor and a good rise. It also makes it easier to work with, reducing the chances of dough sticking to the countertop, peel, or stone. Grab your stand mixer and favorite kitchen apron because things are about to get doughy! Rise of the Dough Fermentation is an ancient practice, most likely discovered by a drunken Egyptian. The theory is that, after running
Great ingredients make great pizza. A well-crafted pizza stone is a thing to be treasured. With all of the focus on building and cooking the pizza, it’s easy to forget the importance of the humble pizza peel: the means by which we get the pizza in and out of the oven! In spite of being overlooked, the pizza peel is a crucial tool in any pizziaolo’s arsenal. The origin of the pizza peel isn’t clear. The word peel is derived from the French “Pelle,” which means shovel. They were originally used in baking other things, like bread and pastries. We
Pizza lovers in America have a big problem: how do we craft the kind of amazing pizza sauce that can be found in Italy? The secret is in the quality of the tomatoes. Ask anyone who’s traveled to Italy and they’ll tell you: the food there rocks! Everyone has a different favorite meal, and a different flavor profile, but one common element remains across travel stories. People marvel at the flavor of foods with only 3-5 ingredients. How is it that Italians can pack so much flavor into such a simple meal? How can we replicate the perfect sauce we
There was a time when I thought that blackening meant you’ve burned your pizza, but these days I don’t cook a pizza without adding just a touch of char on the crust because charring adds flavor. My misconception that “black is burned” changed when I had my very first Neapolitan style pizza in New York. The pizza I ordered had a crust that was smattered in tiny black blisters, and I’ll never forget that first bite. The slight smokiness and ever-so-gentle bitterness were followed by the flavor of all the delicious ingredients piled on my pizza. So delicious! Technique and
When it comes to food pairings, pizza has quite the potential. Pizza and breadsticks, pizza with salad, and pizza with beer are all classic combos that make for an amazing lunch or dinner. There are so many other types of foods and drinks that beg to be paired with pizza, but I’d like to take a moment to bring something to your attention that you can’t eat – movies! Movie night begs for a good pizza, and vice-versa, pizza night is always better with a good movie. The Academy Awards are Sunday February 26th and one of the biggest nights
When you think of college campus pizza, your expectations are usually pretty low. Personally, I remember ordering large plain cheeses from Mr. Pizza from my dorm room phone at two in the morning. But the kids at UC Berkeley have it good: they have Pizzahhh.
Whether it’s thin crust, thick crust, deep dish, or Sicilian-style, most pizzas share a common flavor – tomato sauce. But there exists another flavor of pizza that some of you still may not have tried: the pizza “Bianca”, a.k.a white pizza. Today we’ll be giving you a few tips and recipes to use making your first white pizza.