Margarine Is The Secret To Garlic Sauce That Tastes Like Your Favorite Pizza Chain's

pizza with garlic sauce
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While there is a time and place for the artisanal, hand-crafted pizza you might order at a fancy restaurant, sometimes you're in the mood for the straightforward, deliciously greasy slices delivered to you from your favorite pizza chain. One of the best aspects of this type of pizza is the assortment of sauces that come along with it, especially the garlic sauce. This velvety sauce may seem too close to godliness for mere mortal hands to make, but the recipe is actually quite simple once you learn the secret. You might assume that garlic sauce is made with butter, but for an authentic recreation, you should actually use margarine.

There are a few differences between butter and margarine. Most importantly, butter is made from animal milk or cream that separates into butter after being churned, while margarine is made from oil (usually vegetable oil) that is mixed with water, salt, and other chemical ingredients. The heavy oil content of margarine is what helps make a garlic sauce that doesn't congeal or turn into a solid when chilled. If you're trying to make a garlic sauce that will rival those sold at a Domino's or Papa John's, margarine is key.

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How To Make The Garlic Sauce

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Once you've secured your margarine, you are ready to make delectable garlic sauce in 30 minutes or less. Start by adding a half cup of margarine (even a squeezable option will work), a teaspoon of garlic powder, and a few shakes of sea salt to a pot. Set the burner to medium and stir the mixture as it melts (you can also use a microwave to melt the margarine and whisk in the ingredients once it is melted). After the sauce has fully melted and become homogeneous, take it off the heat and let it cool for around 10 minutes. Your homemade garlic sauce is now ready to use, or you can pour it into an airtight container to store it in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Aside from the magnificent texture, the great thing about using margarine instead of butter is that your garlic sauce will be vegan since it doesn't contain any dairy products. You can pair the garlic sauce with any number of dishes; from breadsticks and shrimp scampi to roasted vegetables and homemade pizza, the possibilities are endless. Pizza chain garlic sauce may seem like an unattainable secret recipe, but it's much more achievable than restaurants may lead you to believe. With a bit of margarine, you will have your own supply of this special sauce in no time.

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