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This past week I was doing a little research into Colombian food for my website and I came up with a very interesting recipe for Colombian inspired pizza. Let's hear what you think!

For the sauce: Colombian Hogao Recipe

* Heat 3 T Canola Oil in a frying pan over medium heat
* 2 Cups fresh tomato, chopped
* Ditto for 1 Cup green onion
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 tsp ground cumin
* pinch of saffron
* Add tomato, green onion, garlic, cumin, and saffron to pan. Stir occasionally. After about 10-15 minutes, the tomatoes will begin to break down and create their own sauce. This is good.
* Reduce heat to a low simmer, add 1/4 Cup fresh chopped cilantro, salt and pepper to taste
* Cook for another 10 minutes
* Your Done! Take it out of the pan and let the Hogao cool.

“Powdered” Beef (Carne en Polvo) Recipe

Use any beef you want. Flank steak is traditional, but I had some New York steaks in the freezer so I put them into action. I used about 1 pound.

* 1/2 Cup chopped yellow onion
* 2 green onions, chopped
* 2 cloves of garlic, crushed and chopped
* 1/2 tsp Cumin
* Salt & Pepper to taste

Mix the above ingredients, this becomes your “marinade.” Put your meat into a large ziploc and cover with the marinade. Let this sit in your refrigerator for at least a couple of hours, I went about four hours for mine.

Carne En Polvo Recipe:

* Heat a frying pan to medium with a 1T of butter and 1T canola oil.
* Cut the meat into large chunks and put in the pan. Cover and cook until the meat is done, 20 to 30 minutes
* Remove the meat and let it cool. Trim the excess fat. Don’t throw away the pan juices!
* Load the meat into a food processor, and chop finely. Mix in the cooking juices from the pan.

Assembling The Pizza

A word about pizza dough. If you’re into it, you can make your own dough from scratch. But, good dough is usually available from your local mom & pop pizza shop for the asking (please, don’t even think about the Hut). My cost was about $3 for a large, uncooked dough.

* Grill two chorizo sausages. If Colombian is available in your area, great! If not, any South American chorizo will do. For the rest of us, a good substitute ‘is Italian sausage.
* Thinly slice a red bell pepper, discarding seeds and veins
* Cheese. I used Oaxaca cheese which is similar to mozzarella. Any mild white cheese will do here.
* Bake or fry up 5 pieces of thick sliced bacon, you want thick bacon so the taste won’t get lost among the other ingredients
* Chop up 1/2 white onion and 2 green onions
* Thaw 1/2 Cup of frozen corn or cut the kernels from one fresh ear of corn. If you’re ambitious, char the corn in a frying pan to heighten the flavor. If not, don’t worry about it
* Roll out your dough. Use the Hogao as your pizza sauce and spread liberally. Top with chorizo, powdered beef, bacon, green onion, white onion, red bell pepper and cheese. Bake at 500 degrees on a pizza stone or 450 on a pre-heated cookie sheet.

 
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