Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pizza Sauce and Lee & Perrins Aioli

All I could manage to get together this week was a snack platter, pizza and a not so good lemon/parmesan/spaghetti dinner that's not worth posting. And, I think there may have been an entire meal of peanut butter fingers in there somewhere as well. I found a good recipe online for pizza sauce and usually keep a few containers in the freezer for nights I feel like a quick, easy meal.

Pizza Sauce Recipe from
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 garlic clove
1 8 oz. can of tomato sauce
1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 small bay leaf
1 teaspoon fennel seed (I usually skip this and it's fine)

1. In large skillet, melt butter and oil. Add the onion, celery and garlic and saute until soft and transparent.
2. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste and stir until smooth.
3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a slow simmer. Simmer 30-60 minutes
4. Remove bay leaf and spread on pizza. Or let cool and freeze.

Walt's Wharf is a really good seafood restaurant in Seal Beach, CA that serves the best oak grilled artichokes and dipping sauce (Lea & Perrins Aioli). They had the recipe online for a while but have since removed it. Here it is...

Mix together and chill: 1/4 cup sesame oil, 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 Tablespoons honey, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons season salt, 1 cup mayonnaise and 2-3 oz of Worcestershire sauce. I usually skip the sesame oil and use kosher salt instead of season salt.

Also on the snack platter, granny smith apples, hummus, fig spread, brie, gruyere, white cheddar, olives and homemade pita chips. To make the pita chips, cut whole wheat or regular pita bread in triangles, brush with olive oil on both sides, and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake for about 12 minutes (after 6 minutes, remove from oven, flip triangles over and put back in the oven) at 350. I got the cute platter for $.50 at a vintage store on 4th St. in Long Beach, aka "retro row". It was missing the tile, but $1 and a trip to Home Depot solved that!

1 comment:

  1. LOVE THE PLATTER!!!!! Will have to look for something like that for myself. Great for a simple dinner.