The BEST Homemade Pizza Sauce & Crust

By now it is common knowledge that Zack and I are pizza addicts.  We have some form of pizza at least once a week (usually).

Well, we finally found the perfect sauce and crust.  It was actually two separate recipes that I found and tweaked.  The crust was originally not whole wheat, but I really wanted that added health edge (if there is such a thing in pizza!).  I’m very glad I did, because this was AMAZING.

There was a lot of sauce left over, so I saved it and served it with some pizza bites for Zack later on.  Post about those coming soon.

I cannot wait to make this pizza again, but I may have to wait a while, because I had no self control when it came to eating it! haha!

 

The BEST Homemade Pizza

Make the whole wheat crust:

– 1 pkg dry yeast

– 1 c warm water

– 1 t sugar

– 1 t salt

– 2 T olive oil

– 1 c whole wheat flour

– 1 1/2 c all purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add sugar, salt, and oil.  Add flours and mix well.  Cover and let rise in warm place for five minutes.  This makes one soft crust.

Make the sauce:

– 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce

– 2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste

– 2 t dried oregano

– 2 t garlic powder

– 1 t onion powder

– 1 t ground sweet paprika

– 2 t sugar

– 1/2 t salt

– 4 T olive oil

– 2 t white vinegar

In a large bowl or container, mix all ingredients.

Roll out dough onto pizza pan, cover in sauce, cheese, and toppings of choice.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is browned.

Chinese Sweet & Sour Sauce

Zack LOVES sweet and sour chicken.  It is his absolute favorite Chinese food.  We rarely ever go eat Chinese food anymore, because it is all fried and there’s nothing there for me to eat.  I know he misses it, so when I saw a recipe for the sauce I was pretty excited to try it out.

I made some baked chicken strips to serve with the sauce and I waited anxiously as Zack tried it out.  Turns out it tastes exactly like the restaurant sauce!  I was so happy.  Now we can have Chinese night whenever we want – the healthier way.

In fact, I just made this last week and Zack is already asking when I am going to make it again!

If you like the sweet and sour sauce at Chinese restaurants, definitely give this a go.  I liked it a lot, too.

Don’t judge the pictures too harshly.  How exactly are you supposed to photograph sauces?  If anyone has any pointers, let me know please! 🙂

Chinese Sweet & Sour Sauce

– 1/2 c vinegar

– 1/2 c ketchup

– 3/4 c cold water

– 2 T lemon juice

– 1 1/2 c white sugar

– 1/2 c brown sugar

– 2 T cornstarch dissolved in 1/4 c cold water

Combine all ingredients except cornstarch mixture and bring to a full boil.  Simmer for 3 minutes.  Add cornstarch mixture.  Simmer until thickened, stirring continuously.  May be bottled and refrigerated.