Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tomato sauce, meatloaf, pizza.

Sure, the food that I listed in the title sounds like simple food, but they're actually uh...

..ok, they are simple.

But simple food made well from scratch can be just as good as fancy food made crappily. Not that I'm trying to refer to anything in particular.

First up, we have a kind of tomato meat sauce. I don't know what to call it, cause it was completely winged, and it's pretty standard. Add plain tomato sauce and tomato paste, ground beef, red onions, a bit of sugar, oregano, basil, parsley, other herbs and spices to taste and simmer for 2+ hours. Mushrooms would've been nice if I had them.

Serve over some form of pasta (I cheated and used tortellini prefilled with cheese), and grate some real parmesan on top. It was great! Simple, easy, and much better than any of those crappy jarred sauces.

A couple of days later, I made some meatloaf. You'll see a million recipes on the net, just pick one that sounds good. The meatloaf turned out pretty good--I would've liked some kind of tomato glaze with it, but I didn't have the ingredients for one, so I shredded some pepper jack cheese over the slices.

And finally, pepperoni pizza. I swear I will get this perfect someday. I hope.

Anyways, dealing with dough is a real pain. I didn't even make the dough, but stretching/rolling it out is a lot harder than it looks--some areas will bunch up, some areas will tear from being too thin, etc.

The pizza sauce was simple--can of plain tomato sauce, small can of tomato paste, oregano, basil, parsley, a bit of sugar. Very similar to that pasta sauce I made earlier.

Then get your oven as hot as you can (the hotter, the better--I used 500 degrees), put in the pizza, and wait about 10 minutes, or until it looks ready.

Whoops, a bit burnt. But hey, that's not a bad thing.