I did use the Walmart Great Value brands of crushed tomatoes and paste for the sauce. I didn't measure the amount of extra ingredients, because I usually wing it when I make the sauce for market using the same ingredients. If you saw the photo of November's MAE olive oil with other ingredients, I would say I used about a little less than a tablespoon in with the crushed tomatoes and paste. For the oregano, Italian seasonings I would guess about a teaspoon of both. I would also guess about 4 garlic cloves were used in the MAE method, but I only used a part of that oil infusion was used for the experimental Mack's sauce. For the Kosher salt it might have been about ½ teaspoon. For the sugar I added more after I tasted it, because it didn't taste as sweet as my normal sauce. I would guess I added about 1/8 cup of food service Parmesan. About a pinch of red pepper flakes in the MAE method and in the final sauce. I can tell you if different amounts are used it still tastes about the same after sitting for about a day in the refrigerator. You can smell the garlic when the sauce is smelled, but it can't be tasted in the baked sauce. To be truthful I have tried what someone told me in making a Mack's sauce with the ingredients they are supposed to add to the Gangi sauce. In the end the sauce isn't really important in taste in combination with the flavors of the cheese and crust. The thickness of the sauce should be that it can be poured with something with a spout. I always add more oregano before I used my sauce and the experimental sauce I used. I would have thought the extra oregano would be too much but it can't be tasted in the final baked pizza. I know that might sound odd, but somehow that is what I taste and others that have tasted my sauce and pizzas think the same.
Hello again Norma !!
Today I decided to do some reading ,..so I've read all day since this morning
and went back in time a bit to catch up for the time I was gone and must say you are a passionnate person for sure!!
total opposite of boredom !!............Amazing read !
To make a long story short,
I came accross the MAE Microwave Method of doing things and must say that I am so far
from this camp and method and I'll tell you why . Being Italian and seing my Grandma and Aunts cook since
I was young ,.........I noticed that Italian cuisine was made with the very good ingredients but with the least ingredients !...You follow me ?
Meaning that everything they cooked tasted like a dream but with almost no ingredients ,
they knew how to make a sauce taste like if the tomato fruit was alive and not dead !!
If I remember correctly ,........the Mack's pizza slice I had when I was young had my taste buds explode
as far as my inner ears or cheeks like a very good wine with the taste going past the tip of your tongue and tease your cheeks and ears !
I just hope I'm not going on the crazy side of explaining what I mean !..........and sorry for my English btw !
So after all those pages ,....I understand that the dough was or is very important so is the cheese but I really feel
that the tomato sauce is one of the missing link in all this quest . 40 years ago when they started ,....they had no microwaves
and no MAE methods and I'm sure that it was a lot more simple than we think ,.
I know an Italian place that make's an awesome wood oven pizza and when they started in the early 80's,
the Grandma would make the delivery guy open up a can of tomatos and she would taste it ,.and if the taste was too acidic,
she would tell the driver ,you can go back,I don't want those tomatos ,......not sweet enough!
The La Fiammante IL Pelati tomato posted above,.... is a very good example of what I mean by good and simple
and I wish I could send you a can so you could taste it .
The amount of ingredients I've mixed in was subtle for a first test and it really tasted like there was something going on
in the back of my cheeks if you know what I mean ,.....The Mack's Tangy Thing !!!!.........or belly tickling thing but in the mouth !!
I'm sure that those Italians had a very simple recipe but with a perfect balance !!
I'm out of words ,..........going Nuts !!