Quickie Pizza Sauce

This is one of the most ridiculous little recipes, but it works so well. I developed it out of necessity. I was hosting a small party once and pizza was to be the appetizer and, well, I thought I had jarred pizza sauce, but didn’t, and it was too late for a last-minute grocery run. So I improvised and it worked. I got tons of compliments on the sauce. (Pizza recipe.)

Ingredients:

1 small can tomato sauce

1-3 Tbs Italian season mix

1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced or run thru a garlic press (or 1 tsp of ground if you don’t have fresh)

1 squirt of Anchovy paste

1 Tbs sugar

2 Tbs Parmesan cheese

Salt & pepper

Throw it all together and give it a stir. Feel free to ad lib here. If you don’t like or have any of the ingredients, don’t use it. Or if you want to make a substitution, do it. Dried Italian parsley works well if you don’t have an Italian herb blend. You can add more or less of anything or you could add something extra or completely different.

But please do try the anchovy paste … it adds a depth of flavor that will astonish you. It only takes a small squirt, about a ½ tsp. IMHO, it’s what makes the sauce.

Ta-dah! It’s really tasty and so easy. Use with your favorite pizza recipe.

Simple Sunday Supper

Today has been a simple day. Church, lunch and an afternoon with family watching movies and reading books. It has been a nice day just the three of us.

It seemed only right for us to have a simple, traditional meal. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Ingredients

2 lbs. of ground beef (chuck or round)

1 medium onion, diced

2-3 tbs parsley, chopped (Italian parsley, don’t mess with the curled stuff—it’s bitter)

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

1 to 1 ½ cups oats

1 bell pepper, diced (optional)

1 egg

1 small can tomato sauce

Salt and pepper

Oats ... that's what I use instead of bread.

Dump all the ingredients in and give it a stir.

Tomato sauce and a stir.

Then add the tomato sauce and egg.

One fresh egg.

I always put my meatloaf in a cast iron skillet. You can use a loaf pan or Pyrex dish.

Everyone should have a well-seasoned iron skillet.

Cast iron is an awesome conductor of heat.

Press the meat into the pan. Next make the topper (this is optional).

A sweet ketchup-based sauce does the trick.

Topping

½ c. ketchup

1 tbs mustard

¼ c. brown sugar

2 tbs. whole grain mustard

Salt and pepper

Top with the sauce.

Pour on top, spread out to the edges. Then place the pan in a 375 degree oven. Bake for 45 min or until done all the way through.

Baked to perfection.

Yummy! Sunday supper.