Truffle Cheese and Portobello Mushroom Pizza

cuisine Italian
difficulty Simple
season Year Round
serves 4

ingredients

1 pre-cooked 13" wood-fired pizza crust 3 ounces brie (truffle brie if available), room temperature 1/4 pound hard or semi hard truffle cheese, grated 1 tablespoon1 tablespoon olive oil 1 small portobello mushroom, sliced as thinly as possible 1 tablespoon1 tablespoon shallot, minced 1 tablespoon1 tablespoon parsley, minced truffle oil

directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F. and move one rack to the lowest position possible. Turn on convection if possible. 
  2. Heat a SKILLET, or other heavy bottomed skillet, over medium-high heat for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the olive oil to the pan and then the mushrooms and shallot. Cook until browned and fragrant.
  4. Use a BUTTER KNIFE to spread the brie over the bottom of the pizza crust to within 1/2” of the edge. Sprinkle the grated truffle cheese over the brie, top with the sautéd mushrooms, and place the pizza directly on the bottom rack of the oven.
  5. Bake for 2 minutes and check to see if the pizza crust is turning golden brown and warping slightly. Every oven is different, so the time to bake will be between 2 and 5 minutes. The edges should be deeply colored and crispy and the cheese melted.
  6. Remove the pizza from the oven and place on a pizza tray or cutting board. Sprinkle the parsley over the pizza.
  7. Use a pizza cutter to slice the pizza into rectangles rather than triangles and serve immediately.

Kitchen Notes

Truffle Gouda, a less sweet and sharp than other goudas, is a perfect option as the truffle flavor takes main stage. Cypress Grove Truffle Tremor is a stronger truffle goat cheese and may be substituted for the brie for more intense flavor. An inexpensive hand held mandoline makes quick and even work slicing the mushroom. When a quick bite is in order, a wood fired grilled pizza crust and a hunt through the refrigerator for any bits of this and that produces leftover heaven. With a bit of planning, a sinful pizza can be put together and cooked in under ten minutes.