Can we all agree that the vast majority of people enjoy pizza?
You can throw a handful of pizza on the table and become everyone’s hero, no matter what the occasion is. While anyone may order delicious pizzas and have them delivered to their door — you go homemade if you really want to impress your guests.
That’s right, a pizza directly from your personal oven. There are a plethora of delectable pizza recipes to choose from.
But, if you really want to amp up the freshness, create the sauce as well!
After all, it’s one of the few essential ingredients of a pizza.
Chef John from Food Wishes presented a recipe for a top-secret sauce that will complement your next handmade pizza.
In his YouTube channel, he mentioned that “food is the star.” He shares fun-to-make and easy-to-follow recipes. And he’s proud to say that:
“You’ll improve your culinary skills dramatically!”
So come on over to the kitchen and let’s start this pizza party!
These are the ingredients you’ll need to prepare:
These are the steps you’ll need to follow:
Step one: In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. After that, add the anchovy fillets and fry until they sizzle (approximately 1 minute). Make sure to stir frequently.
Step two: Cook the oil for 1 minute further after adding the minced garlic (do not brown the garlic).
Reduce the heat to low and add the. Cook for another 2-3 minutes while stirring constantly.
Step three: In the saucepan, combine the red pepper flakes and dry oregano.
Chef John explains why to use both fresh and dried oregano in the same recipe:
“Dry herbs and fresh herbs do not have the exact same flavor.”
Step four: Then, in a separate bowl, smash the canned tomatoes and add them into the oil mixture.
According to the chef, not just “San Marzano-style” tomatoes, but “San Marzano” tomatoes from Italy.
He writes in his chef’s notes:
“I think San Marzano tomatoes from Italy are the world’s best sauce tomatoes, without a doubt.”
Increase the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Add the salt, sugar, and black pepper at this time.
Step five: Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook for 35 to 40 minutes. Don’t skim the oil off the top, and stir occasionally.
Step six: Finally, mix in the teeny-tiny amount of baking soda to the sauce.
Chef John claims this is a “top-secret trick” he learned from his grandmother.
“What it does theoretically is that soda neutralizes some of the acid… and that’s supposed to mellow out the sauce a little bit, make it a little less acidic, and also possibly prevent heartburn.”
Is the trick truly effective?
He’s not that confident! But by heart, Chef John follows this through the footsteps of his grandmother.
Here are a handful of five-star ratings from folks who have tried it:
“I just made this & omggggg the most amazing Pizza Sauce Ive everrr tasted!! Thank you!! 😻♥️♥️”
One online viewer even mentioned using it with a wood-burning oven:
“Yes! YES! Tried this out tonight with a wood burning oven. So tasty. Thank you, Chef!”
Try and enjoy this one-of-a-kind recipe! It’s an excellent touch to a homemade pizza that will impress your guests.
Watch the video below as Chef John makes his “secret” pizza sauce!
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