mushrooms on homemade pizza... how?
- nasv Feb 28, 2011 08:58 AM
I want to make the classic pepperoni and mushroom pizza at home tonight - I've made plenty of pizzas before but I've never added mushrooms as a topping, and I'm not sure how to get them right so they are not under-done or burned.
Each of my pizzas is about 9oz/10-12" dough and they bake on a stone in a 550F oven for about 7-8 minutes. The pizza will have some crushed tomatoes, pepperoni, and then the mushrooms...
for the mushrooms... I have some great criminis I bought at the market - by themselves I usually slice and saute on a med-high pan and then serve... should I do the same thing and then just add to the pizza? stop them a few minutes early so they finish in the oven? Not cook them at all? What do you guys do?
This might not be the right answer, but when I put vegetables on homemade pizza I put it on raw. Sliced thick or thin to anticipate the heat effect/damage, but raw.
I'd add them raw, cut into medium-thick slices, to the uncooked pie. 7-8 minutes at that temperature should cook them through without burning them. If you pre-cook the mushrooms before putting them on the pie, they'll likely be shriveled and overcooked. And if you pre-cook and add them to pizza after it's done, they're not going to meld into a cohesive whole with the rest of the toppings.
What do other Hounds think?
I just made a pizza on the weekend with cremini mushrooms and just sliced them and put them on top (along with sweet onion, red pepper and sausage). The mushrooms were tender but did not burn or turn to mush (I've sauted them before and sometimes they get too over cooked once on the pizza). Just be mindful NOT to make them paper-thin slices - or they will overcook.
I love mushrooms that are brown and crispy so I slice my mushrooms fairly thick and then cook them in a dry pan--under a bacon press--until the liquid is gone. I then add just a little olive oil and brown them on both sides. They go on the pizza below the top layer of cheese and the resulting flavor is very intense...and the sausage gets lightly browned in the pan the mushrooms were in so that fond doesn't get lost.
I agree with the suggestion to pre-cook raw dry mushrooms and remove moisture before putting on the pizza under the cheese. I also put any olives, if used, below the cheese so they are not dried out as much when in the oven.
We put on top of the cheese things where browning enhances flavor (such as most meats). A few very finely sliced hot peppers are also good on top of the cheese also where they roast and dry in the cooking process to enhance flavors when used in moderation.