James’ Post: Mushroom Pizza!

I am a big fan of mushrooms, but sometimes the grocery store varieties like white button and Portobello can get a little repetitive. That’s why it’s a great idea to stop by the New Hampshire Mushroom Company’s table at the Winter Farmers’ Market! This company specializes in gourmet, specialty mushrooms. These mushrooms are grown indoors, and selections include USDA organic mushrooms. There are several varieties to try, like chestnut, oyster, king oyster, bear’s head/lion’s mane, and more! The NH Mushroom Company is located in Tamworth, NH and offers free tours of their farm every Sunday at noon with no reservation required. They also hold several special events, including information sessions on medicinal mushrooms, mushroom dyeing, and identification of mushrooms. Times and dates of these events are available on their website, nhmushrooms.com

I was lucky enough to get a bag of mixed mushrooms and decided pizza was the way to go. I used a variety of different oyster mushrooms for this dish. I also didn’t have pizza dough on hand at the time, so I used pita bread instead, which worked very well. The only change to the recipe would be to toast the pita bread in a 450 degree oven until it is crispy, before you add any toppings. Here is the recipe!

Mushroom Pizza

  • Prepared pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups heavy cream (I substituted half & half and a little vegetable stock)
  • 2 cups grated parmesan cheese (you can get creative here if you want a different flavor!)
  • 1 cup shredded or fresh mozzarella
  • 12 oz of mixed wild mushrooms (cremini and oyster varieties work well!)

Instructions:

  1. Oil a baking sheet with olive oil and spread out your pizza dough on it. Drizzle some olive oil on top so it doesn’t dry out while you are making the cheese sauce. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
  2. To make the cheese sauce: In a sauce pot, start by sautéing the onions and garlic in the olive oil until translucent. This will take about 4 minutes.
  3. Add in your heavy cream and continue cooking until the cream has reduced by half. This might take up to 15 minutes, so be patient and remember to stir frequently.
  4. Take the sauce pot off the heat and let cool slightly, still stirring frequently.
  5. Add in your shredded parmesan cheese and mix until well-distributed.
  6. Now prepare your pizza: Pour the sauce over the pizza dough. Then, top with the mushrooms and shredded mozzarella.
  7. Now you are ready to bake your pizza! Times will vary depending on how large your pizza is, mine took about 10 minutes! Your pizza is ready when all of the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown and brown in some areas. Be sure to let it cool before you dig in!

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