Hungry for More: Chicken pesto pizza

Usually when you get up enough energy to made a homemade pizza instead of popping in a frozen one, all the average ingredients come to mind.

There’s cheese, pepperoni, sausage, maybe a few veggies and the average red pizza sauce. On this week’s episode of “Hungry for More,” host Jim Manney takes us back to Rhombus Guys, where chef Connor Paulson shows us how to spice up that homemade pizza.

The first thing he does is show us how to make a basil pesto sauce to substitute for the regular pizza sauce. With just a few ingredients, including fresh basil leaves and pine nuts, the switch in sauces makes a big difference.

Next, Paulson goes through what they put on their menu’s chicken pesto pizza. There’s chicken and tomato, but to give it a new a different flavor they add artichoke hearts and the strong kalamata olives.

So, next time you have a pizza day, change things up a bit and become a culinary pizza-maker extraordinaire.

Pesto sauce

3 cups fresh basil leaves, destemmed

4 cloves garlic

½ cup Parmesan

¾ cup olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts

Salt to taste

Rough chop the basil.

Process or blend the garlic cloves.

Add all other ingredients.

Process or blend to desired consistency.

Enjoy!

Good for 12 days when refrigerated.

Hungry for More: The famous T-Rex pizza

On this week’s episode of “Hungry for More”, host Jim Manney takes us back to Rhombus guys where we take that homemade pizza sauce from last week and make it into an award winning pizza.
Chef Connor Paulson takes us step by step through the making of their “T-Rex” pizza.
The first difference you’ll notice is the use of cornmeal instead of flour when shaping your dough. And don’t get scared by Chef Paulson’s dough throwing abilities, he talks about an easier method that someone who isn’t a 5 year pizza making veteran can do.
With some of that deliciously simple sauce he taught us last week, he just adds some mozzarella, every kind of meat possible, a little more cheese and you’ve got yourself a T-Rex.
You can’t go wrong with canadian bacon, pepperoni, hamburger, italian sausage and bacon all in one bite.

Hungry for More Quick Tip: Perfect pizza sauce

There’s no party like a pizza party and we have the perfect homemade sauce for you.
“Hungry for More” host Jim Manney is back at Rhombus Guys and head chef Connor Paulson shows us their top secret and easy to do at home pizza sauce.
It’s the simple ingredients that most people already have at home that may be most surprising.
Rhombus Guys was voted 2012 Best Pizza of the Red River Valley, so it’s nice to know that our taste buds are liking the things we all know and love. No secret ingredients here.
So round up your friends, family or even just make a personal pizza for yourself, and you’ve already got half of the hard work done, the homemade pizza sauce.
And don’t worry if you don’t eat it all in one sitting, it can last up to 10 days in the fridge!

Pizza Sauce:

4 parts Tomato Sauce
1 part Tomato paste
1/8 part oil
Italian Seasoning to taste
Parmesan cheese to taste
Roasted or fresh garlic
Mix all ingredients. Stir well. Refrigerate up to 10 days.