What’s in the fridge? Not much…. what are we going to do for dinner?
Pizza is a great midweek standby around here and this is my absolute favorite. As a vegetarian, mushrooms make me very happy.
Here is what you are going to need:
Pizza dough – ( if you have have half an hour or so to spare, please make your own). I have added my recipe below.
Mushrooms – the more the merrier! If you can mix them up the do it! Sauté them in a pan with a little olive oil and some more garlic until tender and ready for the pizza.
Pop quiz! what is mushroom’s best friend? Garlic! so you are going to need that too.
Garlic oil – fear not, this is not complicated. When you are making your dough, chop some garlic and add it so some olive oil. Leave it alone for a while (over night would be ideal but you can definitely just take half an hour) and it is ready for use.
Cheese – Tonight I have truffle goat’s cheese which is a bit of a luxury but plain goat’s cheese will work a treat. I also like to add a little feta for tang and saltiness.
Caramelized Onions – take the couple of minutes and caramelize them. They are sweet and savoury and beautiful. Because I live in a half Aussie house, there is always a splash of beer added to the onions as they are caramelizing to deglaze the pan and bring a little moisture but feel free to just caramelize them if this freaks you out.
Spinach – dressed in a little olive oil and balsamic and added after the pizza has come out of the oven. Almost like a little salad on the pizza to bring some freshness to the party. Trés bistro wouldn’t you say?
Preheat your oven to about as high as it goes. I set mine for 550 degrees and leave it for about half an hour. It is going to smoke a little and that is ok.
Roll out the dough, add your toppings with the exception of the spinach and pop it in the oven. In about 10 minutes it should be golden brown and delicious!
A fabulous midweek mushroom pizza that can be done in as much time as it would have taken you to order a pizza and sit around starving and waiting for it to arrive. What’s more, it is good, really good and beats the crap out of takeaway!
Cute accessories if you are in the pizza mood!
The only pizza recipe that you are ever going to need.
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp yeast
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 300 ml warm water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Combine the warm water, yeast, sugar and olive oil in a small bowl and leave it alone for 5 minutes to let the yeast soften.
- Combine the salt and the flour in a large bowl and add the yeast mixture.
- Bring the dough together and turn it out onto a floured surface.
- Kneed the dough by hand for about 5 minutes until it is soft and smooth.
- Rub the ball of dough in olive oil and leave it in a bowl covered with a tea towel for at least 30 minutes to rise (but an hour is better).
- When you are ready, heat the over and create!
- This dough is not only great for pizza but also for calzones.
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