Monday, March 5, 2012

Little Itty Bitty Pizza's

 One of my boys favorite things is when we make our own pizza's. My youngest son is obsessed with not having any crispy crusts or black flakes of spices in the sauce. He also says a slice just takes too long to cool off, and it is hard to pick up! So, we came up with the bright idea of making our own sauce (sans the black things), and making the pizzas "little itty bitty." I know pizza dough is not hard to make, but it sure is much easier if you buy it from Trader Joe's. They have whole wheat, herb, or regular. The sauce, however, is a different story. My favorite Italian cook, Marcella Hazan has a wonderful spaghetti sauce that I double as a pizza sauce. I think it is tastier, sweeter, and just plain better for the kids. There are three simple ingredients; fresh skinned Roma tomatoes, butter, and half and onion. It is super quick to make, and the kiddos don't know that it is healthy! I use organic mozzarella for the cheese and the little pizza's turn out perfect. YUM!!

Fresh Tomato Butter Sauce
Adapted from Marcella Hazan

5 Roma tomatoes skinned (for easy skinning just dip them in boiling water for about two minutes)
3 Tbsp butter
1/2 onion NOT chopped

Chop the skinned Roma tomatoes and place in pot. Put in butter and half the onion. Let the mixture slowly simmer. Smash the tomatoes down with the back of a fork. Cook for 35 to 45 minutes uncovered until it condenses into a yummy sauce. Discard the half of onion. Salt as needed (I like sea salt).

Break off golf ball size pieces of dough. flatten them out on a greased cookie sheet. Smear on the sauce and top with mozzarella. Bake 375 for about 5-10 min. Let cool on a cookie rack a little before giving to the little fingers! Enjoy!

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