When speaking to the French about their style of pizza, I’ve always been snobbish and probably annoying, yet honest. It’s true that their pizza sauce, when there is any, doesn’t have the necessary Italian herbs and aromatics and that their crusts lack the flavor and texture of “normal” American pizzas. I’ve gone on about this so long that I’ve decided to make a “real” pizza for a select few to demonstrate the difference. And it’s a good excuse to insert my favorite Barry White song ;)
I had a little “souci” this morning. I knew that I had yeast, so I didn’t bother shopping for any. When I looked at the yeast this morning, it had expired three years ago. Forever hopeful, I put some in hot water with sugar and waited for thirty minutes. Not a peep! I finally acknowledged that ‘He was dead Jim’ and trotted off to the local 7-11.
Here is a gratuitous picture of me kneading :)
I made the tomato sauce yesterday and forgot to take a picture of it. For toppings, I chose mozzarella, parmesan, ham, homemade Italian sausage, mushrooms and black olives.
The French, while consuming some of the richest foods in the world, tend to avoid excess. That’s another reason they get the pizza wrong. I gave a generous slice to the young electrician working here today and, ignoring the fork (very un-French), he ripped through that baby like Hurricane Katrina! American exposure is bad for the French. Obesity could creep upon them as it did us.
Making homemade Italian sausage is easy, you just purchase some ground pork and then add herbs and spices. You can also add some crushed red pepper for a spicier sausage.
Homemade Italian Sausage
2 lbs ground pork
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp ground anise
2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
3 tbsp red wine
Mix all ingredients together, fry and place on paper towels to drain before using.
2 large cans of peeled tomatoes
2 large onions, chopped
4 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1/2 cup of red wine
1 teaspoon each rosemary, thyme, basil, oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 tbsp olive oil
Saute the onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add the tomatoes, wine, herbs, salt and sugar. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 2 – 3 hours, stirring occasionally, or until sauce is very thick.