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22 September 2004

Make your own damn pizza!

I'm as lazy as the next person. It is incredibly easy to call and order a pizza on a Tuesday night. However, with few exceptions, fast food delivery-pizzas just aren't all that good.

Give this recipe a try. It's easy, different and mighty tasty:

Wild Mushroom Pizza

1 1/2 T olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 pound assorted wild mushrooms (such as oyster, crimini, morel and stemmed shiitake), sliced
1 t chopped fresh rosemary

1 10-ounce purchased fully baked thin pizza crust OR make a fresh pizza crust - recipe here.
1/2 cup shredded Fontina cheese
1/2 cup shredded Mozarella cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

Preheat oven to 350°F. Stir onions in bowl with 1/2 T olive oil. Add salt and pepper. stir again. Spread onions on baking sheet and roast for 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 450°F. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and rosemary. Cover skillet and cook until mushrooms are just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Uncover and simmer until any juices evaporate. Season with salt and pepper.

Place crust on baking sheet. Top with cheese, onion and mushrooms. Bake pizza until heated through and cheese melts, about 15 minutes.

Another take on this pizza is to caramelize the onions instead of roasting them:
Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, salt and pepper; cook until onions begin to brown, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes. Add 1/4 cup chicken broth and 1 T balsamic vinegar. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until most liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Rewarm before serving.)

This pizza works well with either red or white wine.

For white; try Boutari Santorini, 2002 or Höpler Grüner Veltliner, 2003

For red; try Taurino, Salice Salentino, “Reserva”, 1999


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