By Kevin Williams
The Amish are generally prolific pizza eaters. I remember treating the previous Amish cook and her family to pizza on a number of occasions. I think we all piled into a Cici’s pizza once on our way to Florida. That was somewhere in Georgia, I think, and was a fond memory. And I can still remember – back when cell phones were a novelty – ordering a pizza from Elizabeth Coblentz ‘s(the original Amish Cook) house in rural Indiana. The pizza delivery driver was quite shocked, I think, when he pulled up to an Amish home to make his delivery.
Pizza Hut seems to be a favorite among the Plain people. I still love this photo of a Pizza Hut in northern Indiana with a parking lot full of buggies. And somewhere in my recipe files is a recipe from a Mennonite woman for copycat “Pizza Hut bread sticks.” I’ll have to find that sometime. Rosanna last year did a recipe for her version of homemade Pizza Hut pizza sauce.
And then I found this recipe today in my archives for yet another version. This recipe seems a little vague. What is “pizza seasoning”?
Oh well, here is the recipe if you want to try it.
Serves: 3 gallons
- 2 1 /2 gallons of tomato juice
- 8 onions, chopped
- 4 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 pint vegetable oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 6 bay leaves, crushed
- 3 tablespoons pizza seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoons basil
- 2 tablespoons oregano
- 2 tablespoons red pepper
- 1 gallon tomato paste
- ½ cup salt
- In a huge pot, cook tomato juice, onions, and peppers for one hour over medium heat.
- Then add the rest of the ingredients (reserving half of tomato paste) and cook together for one more hour.
- Add rest of tomato paste and mix well.