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Fontina and Mushroom Pizza with Black Truffle Oil

mushroom and fontina pizza with truffle oil

My mom and I took a little trip to World Market the other day. We always get sucked in to that store because of all the international goods. My favorite aisles are the food aisles of course, because they are fully loaded with goodies. This time, the treasure that I picked up was a bottle of Sabatino Tartufi Black Truffle Oil!

I have wanted to try cooking with this for a long time–since I tried my very first truffle fry! Now I get my chance to use this gourmet ingredient!

Let me just say right now, truffle oil doesn’t come out of a truffle. I have read some information online regarding truffle oil and there are two ways it can be made: olive oil infused with real truffles, and olive oil perfumed with a chemical to make it smell like truffles. The former is better than the latter because the infused oil has the truffle flavor (and no weird chemicals). I think the fact that some brands of the oil are just basically scented with no taste value gives truffle oil a bad rap.

I got the impression there are quite a few chefs in the world who simply hate the stuff. Maybe it’s because truffle oil has been overused, or because there is a good percentage of it that isn’t the quality stuff. I don’t really know. However, in my area it hasn’t been overused so I won’t be snubbing it anytime soon!

Truffle oil has an earthy, pungent aroma. I thought it smelled slightly of garlic too, but maybe that is just my nose. It smells excellent! I knew it was going to add an extra special element to my pizza. I was definitely excited to use it.

It is also worth mentioning that there is black truffle oil or white truffle oil. The information I have read suggests that certain foods taste better with one kind of truffle oil over the other, but I think it might be something a person needs to determine for themselves.

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First Week Foodie: Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza

Rangeeli Chick - Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza

Welcome to the first segment of “First Week Foodie,” a regular monthly segment of the Rangeeli Chick blog where the first week of every month I showcase one or two recipes I have never tried before and make a few changes or additions. The June installment kicks off with Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza.

I haven’t had chorizo sausage in a long time, and for some reason, I had a craving for this spicy and salty meat. There are both pork and beef options. Both taste good, but I tend to always lean more towards the beef variety. But what did I want to do with it? I hadn’t had some really good homemade pizza in awhile, so I went to searching for a fairly easy recipe.

The original recipe is courtesy Chow.com, and I also pinned it to my Favorite Recipes Pinterest board. I will post the full recipe below with notes on what I did differently.

First, you will want to pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees F. Place an upside down cookie sheet on a middle rack.

chorizo

No, this is not pizza sauce my friends! This is that delicious chorizo. Squeeze it from its casing into a fry pan and begin browning it on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Brown it for about 7 minutes. It will still be fairly red in color when it is finished cooking.

mushrooms, onion, and garlic

Saute the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic (as much or as little as you like), after adding about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until the ingredients begin to brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Then, take your cookie sheet out of the oven to prepare your pizza crust.

pizza dough

Roll out your dough, drizzle the still upside down cookie sheet with some olive oil. Place your dough on the sheet.

topping the pizza

Spread the chorizo on the dough. Follow it up by distributing the mushroom, onion, and garlic mixture on top. Next, we top it with the cheese!

cheese it up

I am a cheese addict, so I pile on whatever cheese I have handy. The recipe called for Jack and Parmesan, but I had to improvise in the absence of the Jack. I used Mozzarella  Then, drizzle some olive oil over the top.

Cheesy pizza goodness

Place the cookie sheet in the oven for about 10-15 minutes. It depends on the dough you are using and the thickness. I used Pillsbury brand pizza dough and the edges turned a bit dark by 12 minutes, however, it wasn’t overdone. The temp was also a bit high. Just monitor the dough and be sure to check the baking instructions on any pre-made dough you use.

The final product tasted amazing  It had the perfect amount of spice in the sausage, and the mushrooms added a nice chunkiness to the toppings. The additional garlic and onion incorporated extremely well with the other flavors, and was the perfect complement.

Below is the recipe with extra notes. Pizza is a pretty easy dish to make, and it is extremely customizeable  Everyone has different tastes and it is fun to experiment with different flavor combinations!

Mushroom & Chorizo Pizza

Total Time: About 45 min.  Servings: 6-8 Approx.

  • One 10 oz. Package Chorizo (I only used 7 oz. on the pizza).
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil (Use more if needed for drizzling).
  • 1/2 Cup Jack Cheese (I used Mozzarella).
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms (It called for Cremini, but use what you’d like and as much as you’d like).
  • Store Bought Pizza Dough
  • Minced Garlic (To taste).
  • 1/4 Medium Sized Onion
  • Salt and Pepper

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place an upside down cookie sheet on a middle rack.
  2.  Remove chorizo from its casing into a fry pan and begin browning it on medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Brown it for about 7 minutes. It will still be fairly red in color when it is finished cooking.
  3. Saute the mushrooms, onion, and minced garlic (as much or as little of these ingredients as you like), after adding about 2 Tbsp. of olive oil to the pan. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir occasionally until the ingredients begin to brown. This should take about 10 minutes. Then, take your cookie sheet out of the oven to prepare your pizza crust.
  4. Roll out your dough, drizzle the still upside down cookie sheet with some olive oil. Place your dough on the sheet.
  5. Spread the chorizo on the dough. Follow it up by distributing the mushroom, onion, and garlic mixture on top.
  6. Add your cheeses on top and drizzle with about a Tbsp. of olive oil.
  7. Place pizza in oven as per dough instructions. Check the pizza periodically to get desired results.