I am in love with the phase 'T' is in at the moment. He has miraculously opened himself to flavours like never before. So, I am really hoping that this isn't just a phase, and his excitement and acceptance to different food only grows with time.
Pizza is on the menu for tonight, and I thought of ditching the good old tomato sauce for the toddler and going with something different. Sure the red sauce has a hint of tomato to it, but that's about it.
I have made two kinds of sauces for T's mini pizzas, one is the Bechamel (white sauce made with butter flour and milk) and the other is a Roasted Red Pepper and garlic, and these sauces are going to make their way on our pizzas too!
Here's what you need:
1. 1 tablespoon butter
2. 1 tablespoon of wholewheat flour
3. 1/4 cup milk, heated
4. Freshly ground pepper
1. Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan
2. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly, until the paste cooks and bubbles a bit, but don't let it brown — about 2 minutes
3. Add the hot milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring it to a boil
4. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more
5. Remove from the heat
Use as required
Tip: For later use, pour a film of milk over it to prevent a skin from forming.
Slather the pizza base with a generous amount of the sauce and top it up with veggies. This one's topped with Zucchini and Spinach.
(B) Roasted Red Pepper & Garlic:
Here's what you need:
1. 1 big Red pepper
2. 1/2 a tomato
3. 1 clove of Garlic
4. 1tablespoon of Olive oil
5. 1 teaspoon of cream or sour cream
6. Freshly ground pepper
8. Salt to taste
1. Coarsely chop the red pepper and garlic and rub the Olive oil and seasoning on it
2. Chop the basil and add to the above. Let it coat well with the oil
3. Pop it in the oven and bake till the pepper and tomato have gone soft
4. Blitz with a hand blender, I like it coarse so I've not over done the blending
5. Mix in the cream or sour cream
6. Slather the pizza base with a generous amount of the sauce and top with veggies. This one's topped with crushed Paneer and Basil.
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