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The Top 5 Most Astounding Pizza Sauces: #5

Updated on September 22, 2009

I've eaten pizza on nearly every continent and have had every type of sauce from borderline revolting, metallic tasting, icky red goop from a commercial tin, all the way to the most amazing, home made, and completely unexpected pizza sauces. In searching for The Top 5 Most Astounding Pizza Sauces, I had to review many different types of pizza sauces and settled on the ones that not only were surprising due to an unexpected type of ingredients, but also were absolutely lip smacking delectable! The great thing about these five incredible pizza sauces is that they are equally at home on a delicate, thin crust in a wood fired oven, as they are in a big, doughy, deep dish pan pizza like the best Chicago pizza!

These are sauces that will work best on a truly quality pizza dough base, so if you're not very confident of making your own at home (and it is an art, no doubt about that), you might want to ask your local pizza parlor if you can buy some of their raw, fresh, never frozen dough! When you bake your pizza do it on a real pizza stone in an oven that is as hot as you can have it and keep an eye on it! When it starts bubbling and crisping up brownish black on spots on the crust it's done!

All of these recipes make way more than enough for just one pizza and some can easily top three or four large pizzas. However, it's just not easily suitable to make up a batch of these sauces for just one pie, so save these for your next pizza party, or use what you need and freeze the rest!

Let's start with number five on the list of The Top 5 Most Astounding Pizza Sauces to be found anywhere, and work our way up to the Most Astounding Pizza Sauce of all time!

#5: Vodka Pizza Sauce

Yes, I know you probably did a double take, but this version of the famous Northern Italian vodka pasta sauce is absolutely scrumptious on pizza. Just make sure that everyone who is going to devour the pizza is of legal age as this is one pizza that's not for the kiddies: the alcohol will not completely evaporate, so look out! This sauce is amazing with almost any vegetable such as Artichoke, Broccoli, Carrot, Cauliflower, Leek, Parsnip, Peppers, Scallion, Shallot, Red Onion, Turnip, and Zucchini as well as any of the following toppings: Chorizo, BBQ Chicken, Duck, Ham, Prosciutto, Serrano Ham, or even Venison, plus Feta Cheese, Goat Cheese, Mozzarella, Ricotta, or Pecorino Romano Cheese.

1/2 pound of smokey slab bacon
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 large onion which has been chopped up fairly fine
10 large cloves of chopped up garlic
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped basil
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped tarragon
1 tablespoon of fresh chopped thyme
A pinch of crushed hot red pepper
1/2 of a large can of crushed Italian plum tomatoes (please use real San Marzano)
1/2 cup vodka
1/2 cup of 33% B F whipping cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley
Salt & pepper to taste

Start by cooking up the bacon until it's almost totally crispy; set aside to drain on paper towels; pat dry and cut up into thin matchsticks; now melt the butter in a large heavy pot over medium heat; add the sliced onion and saute until translucent and beginning to turn into golden brown which should take about ten minutes, add the garlic, the crushed red pepper, and the herbs and proceed to saute for about a minute; now add the tomatoes, the whipping cream and vodka and leave at a medium simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, which should take about ten minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste; then slather on the pizza and top with the chopped parsley.

Continued In: The Top 5 Most Astounding Pizza Sauces: #3 & #4

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