We’re singing the praises of one of the best-loved sauces on American menus. With new research now reporting that 65% of consumers have eaten a pizza in the past week, it’s time that we help you get more from pizza sauce in your kitchen.
Not surprising, pizza is the king of Italian entrees. Datassentials’ survey of Italian menus says that pizza is on 88% of those menus followed by menu mentions of marinara, parmigiana and lasagna. Additionally, 46% of consumers saying that they order the same sauce and toppings every time they order.
Yet, pizza sauce deserves respect for its easy use in many other applications ranging from a dip to a spread. Beyond pizza, 14% of pizza sauce usage is on sandwiches ranging from meatball and chicken Parmesan subs, Italian hoagies and cheesesteak.
Another 8% of the time it is used for dipping pizza bread, breadsticks, garlic bread or knots and as a filling for Stromboli. For fried appetizers, pizza sauce is ideal for dipping mozzarella sticks, cheese curds and beer nuggets (chunks of deep-fried pizza dough that pairs well with beer).
We’ve scanned the nation’s menus for more fresh ideas for leveraging this great-tasting sauce. Here are 10 new ideas for you:
Pizza Fries – Pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese on top of a mound of French fries.
Cheddar Bread – Shredded cheddar, provolone, garlic salt and pizza sauce on top.
Italian Nachos – Tortilla chips with melted cheese and pizza sauce.
Pizza Dip – Flatbread or tortilla chips in a dip of beef sausage, cream cheese, mozzarella, pizza sauce and diced bell peppers.
Mushroom Pizza Burger – With pizza sauce, grilled mushrooms and mozzarella atop a beef patty inside the bun.
Pepperoni Pizza Dog – A traditional wiener and bun with sliced pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella.
Eggplant Rollentini – Thinly sliced eggplant rolled with ricotta cheese and spinach, topped with pizza sauce and baked with Romano and mozzarella cheeses.
Pizza Breakfast Omelet – Three-egg omelet with pizza sauce and mozzarella.
Italian Baked Potato – Stuffed with pepperoni, mushrooms, pizza sauce and mozzarella.
Sausage & Beer Onion Rolls – Italian sausage and caramelized onions simmered in beer, mixed with pepper jack and mozzarella cheeses, baked inside a signature dough and served with pizza sauce.
If you are in search of ways to please your customers while limiting the number of sauces in your kitchen, take another look at getting more from your pizza sauce.