Thursday, January 10, 2013
chorizo and jalapeño pizza + my favorite pizza sauce ever
when miles and i were in santa fe a couple weeks ago, we ate a pizza with a rich, spicy sauce and chorizo so good i wanted to cry. so for an at-home date night the other night, i was determined to recreate this insanity as best i could. and, we were pretty happy with the result!
the key to this pizza is two-fold:
1. use really good chorizo. i got ours from whole foods. and after tasting the perfection that is chorizo on pizza, i really can't imagine going back to regular sausage on our pizza. this was THAT GOOD.
2. the sauce. i tried my best to mimic the sauce we had in santa fe, which was super rich, very slightly sweet, and good and spicy. i've been known to just use a jar of marinara for pizza sauce, but i promise this is barely more work than opening a jar, and it was SO much better.
my favorite pizza sauce ever
perfect amount for 1 pizza (next time i'll double the recipe and keep the leftovers in the fridge for last minute pizza needs!)
1 (6 oz.) can tomato paste
5 oz. warm water (i stuck mine in the microwave for 60 seconds)
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoons honey
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
salt to taste (you need a good amount to balance the sweetness of the honey)
in a small bowl, combine all ingredients, mixing very well. cover and keep in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before using, so that flavors can develop. taste for seasoning before spreading on pizza, adding salt and red pepper flakes as necessary.
chorizo and jalapeno pizza
1 pizza dough (i used this recipe)
prepared pizza sauce (recipe above)
1/2 lb. chorizo
1 large jalapeno, thinly sliced
8 oz. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
in a large skillet, cook chorizo until crumbly and completely done. set aside on paper towels to drain.
roll out pizza dough on a pizza stone or cookie sheet until it's at your desired thickness (i like a very thin, crispy crust!). spread pizza sauce evenly over dough, then top with slices of mozzarella. next, add jalapeno slices and chorizo. brush edges of pizza crust with olive oil. bake for 12-15 minutes, until crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly. allow to sit for a couple minutes to cool slightly before cutting into slices and serving.
enjoy our new favorite pizza!!!