Sunday, March 31, 2013

Yellowfoot Chanterelle and Brussels Sprout Pizza

I have been wanting to share this recipe with y'all for weeks. I know that brussels sprout season is pretty much done, and yellowfoot chanterelles are not easy to find at the store (or in the woods for that matter), but this pizza was just too good to go forever unmentioned.

Yellowfoot Chanterelle and Brussels Sprout Pizza

1 prepared whole wheat pizza dough

2 tablespoons olive oil (plus more for assembly)
1 shallot, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound brussels sprouts, halved then quartered
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 pound yellowfoot chanterelle mushrooms
1/4 cup fresh ricotta cheese (use sheeps milk if you can. trust me.)

*balsamic paste for finishing. optional but recommended

Heat oven, with pizza stone, to 425 degrees.

Heat olive oil, at medium-low, in a skillet. Add the shallot and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic, salt, pepper, and brussels sprouts, and cook for about 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. When soft, remove from heat and transfer to a bowl to await assembly.

Return the pan to the burner and add the chanterelles. Over medium-low heat, dry cook them until they release their moisture and soften, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside for assembly as well.

To assemble, brush the pizza dough with olive oil. Distribute the brussels sprout mixture over top the dough, leaving a 1"-1 1/2" rim around the edges for the crust to form. Sprinkle the chanterelles throughout the surface of the dough and add on some dollops of ricotta. Of course, you can be as generous as you'd like to be (especially if it is sheeps' milk - go crazy since that stuff is wonderful).

Slide the dough onto the pizza stone in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes, or until the crust is done and the cheese is somewhat golden. (Try not to burn the mushrooms like I did. Professional.)


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