I've never used black trumpet mushrooms before, but they looked and smelled so interesting at the farmer's market that I was inspired to incorporate them into my usual mushroom mix. I combined the mushrooms with aspargus and parsley pesto for an all-around celebration of earthy springtime flavors after weeks of rain.
I'm obsessed with a truffle-infused salt that I bought at The Filling Station at Chelsea Market, so I sprinkle it on everything from mashed potatoes to srambled eggs for a little taste of over-the-top luxury. If you have some lying around, it never disappoints, and certainly takes this pizza up a notch. —Ms. T
fresh parsley leaves, washed with most of the stems removed
large clove garlic, peeled
olive oil for pesto, plus 2-3 Tbs for rest of recipe
coarsely chopped crimini mushrooms
coarsely chopped shitake mushrooms
black trumpet mushrooms torn into pieces
thin asparagus stalks, lightly blanched and cut into bite-sized pieces
grated fontina cheese
of your favorite pizza dough (I'm lazy, I buy it from a lovely Italian lady at the farmer's market, or if I'm really lazy from Trader Joe's)
Combine parsley, parmesan, garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 tsp salt in a food processor to make pesto. Set aside.
Heat 2 Tbs olive oil in large saute pan over medium heat. Add crimini and shitake mushrooms and saute until they have released their juices, and a few minutes more for liquid to evaporate and until mushrooms are browned slightly. About 10 min total. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
Toss asparagus pieces in a bowl with a little olive oil to coat lightly.
Roll pizza dough out with your hands on a floured surface to form a rustic shape, approximately 12" in diameter. Sprinkle cornmeal onto one side and work it into the dough a little with your hands. Flip dough so cornmeal is on bottom.
Spread parsley pesto evenly onto dough with a rubber spatula. Top with sauteed mushrooms. Sprinkle grated fontina on top. Spread asparagus pieces evenly on top of cheese and sprinkle black trumpet mushrooms on top. Grind fresh black pepper on top.
Bake in preheated oven (on preheated pizza stone or baking sheet) for about 20 minutes, or until crust is golden around edges and cheese is slightly browned on top.
If you have truffle oil or truffle salt, sprinkle a little on top right before serving.
A museum marketing professional 8 hours a day, and a gal who's dreaming, drooling, obsessing about food for the other 18 hours. Wait, that doesn't add up to 24? Oh, that's because I'm counting the hours I'm supposed to be working that I dream about food (don't tell my boss).
Several years ago, I started a cooking club with six girlfriends...ten years later...many of our addresses and last names have changed, our palettes have gotten more sophisticated and the wine has gotten less cheap. We now usually sit at dining room tables like grownups instead of on cushions on the floor of studio apartments, and the conversations have shifted with the life stages...but we're still going strong, the food gets better every month, and nothing is more pleasurable than sharing an afternoon laughing, eating, and trading tips on recipes and life.