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Garbage Plate Pizza Recipe

Garbage Plate Pizza

The Garbage Plate Pizza I created in 2010 received pretty solid reviews from Andrew, Tyler, and the guys installing our new floor, but I knew my recipe would benefit from eating an actual Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou’s Hots.

For my second attempt at the Garbage Plate Pizza I needed to figure how to improve the hot sauce. I figured out that I needed to cut the tomato paste, use less all spice and cinnamon and more black and cayenne pepper. The other important ingredients include paprika, chili powder, cumin, and salt.

Here’s how to assemble the pizza:
1. Spread the ground beef and hot sauce on pre-baked crust
2. Top with browned home fries
3.  Sprinkle on mozzarella cheese
4. Bake the pizza
5.  Drizzle ketchup and mustard
6. Top the pizza with cold macaroni salad

Note that the photo was taken before I put mac salad on the pizza. I put the Garbage Plate pizza out at a small get together and it went fast. Everyone from Rochester really appreciated it; those from out of town really wondered why we were devouring pizza covered in ground beef, home fries, and mac salad.


Garbage Plate Pizza Recipe

Garbage Plate Pizza

Rochester, NY
In 1918 Nick Tahou founded the restaurant that would create one of Rochester’s best known dishes. Almost a century later Rochestarians still flock to Tahou’s to devour its namesake, the Garbage Plate. Many local restaurants have jumped on the bandwagon, but having trademarked the name you can only have a real “Garbage Plate” at Nick Tahou’s.

I am a little bit embarrassed to say I have never had a Garbage Plate, but in my college days I witnessed plenty being eaten. In retrospect, I probably should have taken the plunge and dug into one as “research” for my Garbage Plate Pizza recipe.

The hot sauce is what I was told makes the plate. I googled Nick Tahou’s hot sauce and found several recipes that were exactly the same and I thought they had to be right. But this is where my “research” would have been helpful as the recipe called for tomato paste, all spice and cinnamon. The hot sauce wasn’t very hot and was a bright shade of red which didn’t look anything like the pictures or plates I had seen being eaten. But I continued anyhow. After pre-baking the dough I spread on a thick layer of the hot sauce which included ground beef and onions. I sprinkled on mozzarella cheese and then a layer of home fries. I let this bake for about 15 minutes and then took it out to put on the finishing touches. In the center of the pizza I heaped on macaroni salad and then Andrew drizzled on ketchup and mustard.

The Garbage Plate Pizza was one of the most massive pizzas I have made yet, getting all the components in one bite was a challenge, but we met that challenge. The pizza was absolutely fantastic! The sauce was definitely not the right sauce to use and was not hot either, but it was still delicious. I would like to take another crack at my Garbage Plate pizza recipe and definitely do a little “research” beforehand. I’m sure Andrew will be up for some “research” as well!