*throwing my voice to the back of the room*
"and I'd like to know Scott's opinion on the quantity of dried herbs Ryan is using!"
Great questions, Jeff, and guy at the back of the room
I dang dern already said I uses 1/2 tsp dry basil per 28 oz of 7/11.
I don't have any kind of problem with anyone using fresh basil or suggesting fresh basil instead of dry basil. Although I don't usually use fresh basil, I have used it and I will use it again. And I may even come to prefer fresh basil in time. But right now I don't.
If you go back to Reply #9 (http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php?topic=32762.msg325361#msg325361
), you'll see that I originally suggested trying 7/11 straight out of the can
, using neither dry basil nor fresh basil. Also, particularly because JAG is apparently from my neck of the woods, I wasn't really talking about specifically NY style sauce. Rather, I was simply sharing a good starting point for how one might use 7/11 as a base for a sauce that can work with many pizza styles, specifically as an alternative to Pizzaiolo
. The recipe I shared just happened to be the recipe I currently use for NY style.
Scott and I are both on the same page regarding most aspects of NY style pizza. I consider Scott by far the NY style authority around here, as well as anywhere else. I don't drink Scott's Kool-Aid in every situation, but sometimes he even stops drinking it himself and adjusts the flavor a bit (like he did after promoting soapstone for a while), which is a big reason why I think it's almost always OK to drink the latest flavor of Scott's Kool-Aid.
I was surprised when I started using oregano at all because I've never liked using oregano in pizza sauce (except when I'm trying to clone something like Tommy's, which obviously has oregano in the sauce). The reason why I started putting oregano in my NY style sauce is because when I first tried Walter's pizza I detected the tiniest hint of oregano, which I liked. Before that I was inclined to maybe tap a very small amount of oregano onto a slice once in a while, but usually not.
JAG, you should try to make it out to Walter's classroom sometime, at Newark High School. It probably wouldn't be a big deal to Walter, as I think he misses his classroom in the summertime (and wants people to come out, to give him an excuse to go back to school).
Jeff, I didn't mean to sound like a smartass in my reply to you. I probably should have added a smiley face or something.