Easy Roasted Mushrooms Pizza with Shallots and Thyme

by Pamela

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When I was a kid, I really liked mushrooms.  I suppose I should thank my parents for introducing me to the fungi at an early age.  We had them almost every Sunday.  Lunch was steak with a simple mushroom recipe my mom would whip up using fresh button mushrooms.  It usually contained butter and some of my dad’s homemade hooch wine.  Then dinner was an Appian Way pizza with a bunch of those canned mushroom slices on it.  Unlike a lot of my friends, I liked the squishy little things.  One of the few recipes my mom made that I really really liked.

Now as an adult, there’s not a mushroom or mushroom recipe I’m not willing to try making or eating.  So when I stumbled upon the bargain of the day at the farmer’s market the other day, I squealed like a 3 year old getting their first Big Wheel.  I think I actually scared the guy working the stand…he kinda flinched when the involuntary (eardrum piercing) noise left my mouth.  He had a one pound bag of mixed mushrooms for $8.  These were mushrooms that were selling, individually, at other stands for $16 plus.  I got a mixed bag (literally) of portobello, oyster, crimini, shiitaki and white button mushrooms.

I’ve been playing “lonely girl” for the past week or so (Not really, while Craig’s away I actually get lots of stuff done and get some really restful sleep.  I wonder why that happens?) so I’ve been keeping the dinners around here really fresh and simple.  As I was going through some of my easy mushroom recipes, I kept gravitating toward doing something with roasted mushrooms.  You know how much I like my roasted vegetables.  And then I kept thinking about pizza…so I thought why not add to the easy mushroom recipes with a roasted mushroom pizza?

Easy-Mushroom-Recipes Roasted Mushroom Pizza

I wanted to really let the mushroom flavor come through, so I decided not pair a tomato sauce with the mushroom pizza.  What goes better with mushrooms than garlic and butter?  So the sauce is a combination of olive oil, butter and garlic.  Along with the roasted mushrooms are some shallots and fresh thyme (wait until you smell your kitchen when these are roasting…you won’t believe how good it smells).  You’ll probably have a couple of extra roasted mushrooms that just don’t quite fit on the pizza, so you’ll get to try some before pulling the completed mushroom pizza out of the oven.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…I didn’t make my own pizza crust either – so sue me.  I really like the Trader Joe’s pizza dough, so I use that and save myself a lot of time.  I also have yet to find a homemade pizza dough that I like, so until I do…or decide to not be so lazy and actually get to work on a dough recipe that I like, I will continue to buy that cute little bag of pizza dough.

Relationship Advice

Everything I need to know, I learned in Kindergarten (thank you Robert Fulgham for your inspiration)

Sharing – even “dumb Billy” could tell I was giving him the smaller half of sandwich (everyone’s half always looks bigger than your half)

Lightly handle things when showing affection – I was just trying to show Poopy, the gerbil, how much I loved him – RIP Poopy (other delicate objects behave in a similar manner when squeezed too hard)

Hands are for writing, not hitting – Suzy called me a name, so I hit her (writing about how it wouldn’t happen again developed skills to render others speechless so they do not need to be physically man handled to feel the sting)

When you get that funny feeling down there, you need to go to the bathroom – Wet yourself in kindergarten once, lesson learned (until your out of your mind drunk one night in college…and it’s that day in kindergarten all over again)

Only similar shapes go in similar holes – if the block didn’t drop right into the hole without forcing it, it was the wrong object (I don’t think I have to explain this one any further)

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Recipe: Easy Roasted Mushrooms Pizza with Shallots and Thyme

Ingredients

For Pizza Sauce:

  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic (minced)

For Pizza:

  • 1 Package Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough recipe)
  • 1 Pound of Mixed Mushrooms (cleaned and roughly chopped)
  • 4 Shallots (peeled and sliced thin)
  • 8 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Olive Oil (for drizzling)
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • Fontina Cheese (sliced – amount is up to you)
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Fresh Parsley

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farenheit.

For Pizza Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan add the butter, olive oil and garlic. Heat over medium high heat until butter is almost melted then turn heat down to medium low.
  2. Occasionally stir the sauce while the mushrooms are roasting. Do not allow garlic to sizzle, turn heat to low if it begins to fry.

For Pizza:

  1. Follow any resting instructions for your pizza dough.
  2. In the meantime, spread the chopped mushrooms, shallots and thyme on a large rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with some olive oil (you don’t need to drench every inch…I used about 2 tablespoons on mine). Then sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Roast in oven for 15 minutes.
  5. Spread dough out to desired thickness.
  6. Spread semolina flour or cornmeal on to baking sheet or baking stone and lay pizza dough on top of it.
  7. Remove the sauce from the stove top and spread it evenly on top of dough (you may have some left over, but make sure you put all of the garlic on to the pizza).
  8. Remove mushrooms from oven.
  9. (Follow temperature instructions for your pizza dough – you may need to raise the oven temperature.)
  10. Strip the thyme leaves from their stems, discard the stems and sprinkle the leaves on the mushrooms.
  11. Spread mushroom mixture evenly over the dough.
  12. Layer with fontina cheese.
  13. Slide pizza into oven and cook until crust is golden brown. (Roughly 10 – 15 minutes).
  14. Remove from oven
  15. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  16. Slice and serve.

Quick notes

The amount of garlic you use is really up to you and how garicky you want your pizza.  I used 6 cloves and it had a good amount of garlic flavor.

Variations

You could sprinkle baby arugula or spinach on top of this pizza after taking it out of the oven if you like a little greenery on your pizza.

Preparation time:  20 Minutes

Cooking time:  15 Minutes

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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6 comments

Mushrooms Canada August 5, 2011 at 11:56 am

Mushroom pizza… one of my guilty pleasures! Sometimes I throw on a little fresh rosemary too… it adds a nice flavour!
– Brittany

DessertForTwo August 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

Yum! I love playing ‘lonely girl!’ I get so much done and eat wonderful ‘weird’ vegetarian dinners!

Sippitysup August 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I have been waiting for this mushroom love. GREG

Lindsay@Girl From Scratch August 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm

What a great vegetarian recipe. I’ve been wondering about the TJ’s pizza dough and now I can’t wait to try it. I also love my farmers markets selection of mushrooms!!!

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