Yesterday I made homemade pizza again. My husband had bought me some awesome bread flour for feeding our sourdough starters so we had some, and since we got food stamps today, I decided to use some of it to make pizza dough. I also made some homemade 5 minute Pizza Sauce. For full recipe scroll down.
Its been such a blessing lately to know how to make homemade pizza crust. EVERY SINGLE person on food stamps can afford water and flour and a little oil. Having that for a backup-dinner when we have nothing else is super easy and simple. I know cheese is a little expensive, but yesterday I managed to afford a bag of Italian pizza cheese for only 2.79$. That was the only thing I had to buy for the meal yesterday.
I had a 1$ and some change leftover and I bought a baking dish from a local garage sale with the 1$ bill and just now found a wooden spoon to cook with for my change at the health food store. Now we are broke, but at least we got food stamps this morning.
I relied heavily on the fresh produce that I received from the food bank on Friday. I had a whole bunch of fresh basil, a nice bag of fresh Roma tomatoes, some dried garlic to skin and some fresh onions, both the greens and the bulb.
I took a lot of glamour shots of the fresh produce, I even treated my son to the last of the watermelon from the food bank for part of lunch. I just ran out of my famous homemade pizza sauce, so I decided to make some more with all the fresh Roma’s and basil and produce I had.
Here are a few photos of the veggies I had;
I recruited Chef Elijah for helping me with the basil leaves, I had a fresh bag that was still all pretty on the stems and with the awesome spiral shaped flowers.
I managed to take a few shots of his help. As he did that I chopped up a handful of large mushrooms I got from the food bank and then cut up some Roma tomatoes and arranged them on a baking sheet to roast.
Here are a few shots of Chef Elijah and the tomatoes arranged how I roasted them. I added some cloves of garlic and a few leaves of basil. And seasoned them with Italian seasonings.
The basil burnt. Bad idea. But the tomatoes and garlic roasted perfectly. I was so happy with how It turned out.
Here is a picture of them roasted.
I also made a mix of stuff into my blender, waiting for the roasted tomatoes. I had the following in the blender; handful of chopped fresh mushrooms, a puck of different frozen mushrooms, a handful of spinach, a few basil leaves, some olive oil, a quarter of a fresh onion bulb, a pinch of onion greens and a large dash of Italian seasonings. I added the broiled tomatoes and garlic and pureed everything into awesome pizza sauce.
Here is a picture of the blender before I added the roasted ingredients.
After the dough was ready I spread my sauce on 2/3 of the dough’s.
Here are a few pictures of my beautiful homemade fresh and spread pizza sauce.
I made a all cheese pizza, a cheese and tomato pizza and for myself I broke out my jar of pesto and made a pesto-cheese pizza. Our last night before food stamps was saved by some cheese and flour, and I am very happy that we ate like kings just about each day of the month this last month.
Now I am off to go Food Stamp shopping. I have 4 stores to go and 130$ to save on my card for my Schwans delivery and a few other things I know we will need throughout the month. I am even trying to save a few food stamps so that we can go to the farmers market again as a family.
Here is a rough version of the recipe for sauce if you would like to see it better, then reading through my commentary.
Homemade Red Pizza Sauce
Cook Time: 5 minutes or less
Prep Time: 15 minutes or less, depending on how fast you chop veggies
Results: 12 ounce Jar of Pizza Sauce
Equipment you will need:
Glass blender (able to take hot things)
Small Jar- to save it
4-5 small tomatoes (I use Roma)
3-4 cloves of garlic
handful of fresh basil
handful of fresh spinach
¼ of an onion
Handful of Chopped Fresh Mushrooms (whichever kind you prefer)
Scallion greens about 2-3 teaspoons
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
Put all ingredients but the tomatoes and garlic into the blender.
Slice your Tomatoes and smash your garlic and place unto a baking sheet in an even layer.
Sprinkle some more Italian Seasonings on the tomatoes.
Roast in the broiler until bubbling. About 3-5 minutes.
Put the roasted tomatoes and garlic into the blender with everything else.
Puree your sauce until smooth.
Put into a jar.
Use as much as you want for pizza, Stromboli and Meatball sandwiches and such.