Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Spicy Marinara Dipping Sauce

You know I am a UFC fanatic!  This past weekend was 136 which hosted TWO title fights, Edgar v Maynard III (lightweight) and Aldo v. Florian (featherweight).  I was disappointed with the outcome of each fight, but whatever.  A few members of the MTSU wrestling team came over to watch.  I am incapable of not feeding people when they come over.  So we had a very simple little spread, nothing fancy.

UFC 136 Menu
Pizza Bread w/ Spicy Marinara
Mediterranean 7 Layer Dip
Caramel Walnut Brownies

This version of marinara is suuuper easy.  Five ingredients, about 20 minutes total.  The flavor is complex without being complicated; it is great hot, room temp, and even cold; and can be used for a variety of dishes, not just for dipping.

Spicy Marinara (Dipping Sauce)
1 small onion, diced
1 lrg clove garlic, minced
2 1/2 C crushed tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flake

   Saute onions in a little bit of oil over medium heat until soft, about 5-7 minutes.  Add garlic, cook ~1 minute.
   Add tomatoes, oregano, and red pepper.  Turn heat to med-low, simmer for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally.  (If your tomatoes are salt free, adjust salt to taste.)
   Puree (optional).
   Makes 2 1/2 C sauce.

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