All I can remember growing up on was tomato pie at every christening, communion, anniversary, birthday party, wedding and so on. My family and all other Italian families in Upstate Utica New York, always had a box of tomato pie from a local bakery. Napoli, Devito, Salvatore, the list goes on and on who made it famous in our local town. When I moved it became the number 1 priority to remake since it was the single most food I missed besides their awesome haddock fish fry. Here is my version of this hometown pizza. I still love it, make it very often, hope you enjoy it too.
Anyone who grew up in Upstate NY knows what Tomato Pie is. Tomato pie, with grated cheese on top is a delicious pizza that is eaten cold, it just wasn't a party without it. Delicious homemade sauce and the perfect appetizer any time of the day! It is one of my favorites for sure!
1 pizza dough recipe refer to link below or 2 pounds of store bought
Make sauce first below.
3 cups tomato puree
6 fresh plum tomatoes roasted
3 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoon sugar
Extra Virgin Olive Oil first cold pressed
Lots of Pecorino Romano Grating Cheese
You will need to roast tomatoes on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes. Slice the tomatoes in half, sprinkle with salt and pepper, drizzle with extra virgin first cold pressed olive oil...While they cook, combine other ingredients and let it simmer until thickened. Add in roasted tomatoes when cooked, mash tomato chunks until no large pieces of tomato is left. This makes a thick sauce.
Rise until double in volume around two hours. Stretch out on pizza pan rectangle in size, rise again for 30 minutes. Bake in preheated hot oven at 430 degree's. Around 15 minutes,.....will still be white,( cook longer if you like crispy and browned, however tomato pie is not suppose to be crispy if you have never had this). Take out, dredge the bottom and tops with extra virgin olive oil. Spread sauce and a thick amount of grated cheese on top ( Pecorino Romano cheese). Put back in oven until pie is set, not browned.
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