January 21, 2013

Mushroom Pesto Pizza

Like I said previously, I am a mushroom fan through and through and you can't pick out the mushrooms in this pizza so you might as well enjoy them!

This pizza was fantastic, literally bursting with flavor! I tried out Trader Joe's premade Herb and Garlic pizza dough and was thoroughly impressed. Very easy to work with and very tasty.
This pizza was rich, decadent and delicious. Try it out for yourself!

Mushroom Pesto Pizza
Adapted from Annie’s Eats
For the mushroom pesto:
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried onion, minced
2 tsp. dried parsley
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

For the pizza:
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
1 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. garlic, minced
½ tsp. parsley
Salt and pepper
1 ball pizza dough (I used Trader Joe’s premade Herb and Garlic dough this time.)
Olive oil

1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1. To make the mushroom pesto, preheat the oven to 450˚ F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Toss the mushrooms with 1 tablespoon of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes. For the last 10 minutes of baking, add the garlic to the pan.
2. In the bowl of a food processor or blender, combine the roasted mushrooms, garlic, onion, parsley, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Process until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed. Stir in the Parmesan.
3. To make the pizza, increase the oven temperature to 475˚F. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté the uncooked mushrooms until browned and tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic and parsley and cook just until fragrant. Remove from the heat.
4. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round. Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil. Spread the mushroom pesto over the crust in an even layer. Top with the shredded cheeses and then layer with the sautéed mushrooms.
5. Transfer the pizza to the pizza pan and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

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