Mind-Blowing Mushroom Pizza.
Baby Bella & Cremini Mushroom Pizza With Creamy Herbed Goat Cheese & Crispy Pancetta.
This pizza is made of some of my favorite things and the end result is so, so good. Instead of sauce, the base of the pizza is a creamy spread made of tangy goat cheese, subtly sweet mascarpone and flavorful herbs. The mushrooms add an earthy and rich flavor and the pancetta… well, bacon makes everything better. I can’t wait to make this again… mmmmm!
~1 pizza makes about 9 small pieces and serves about 6 as an appetizer or 3-4 as a main dish.
- 16 oz fresh pizza dough (I bought pre-made but you could also make your own)
- 4 oz soft goat cheese (room temperature to soften)
- 4 oz mascarpone cheese (room temperature to soften)
- large handful fresh dill, chopped
- large handful fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced
- 2 oz diced pancetta, uncooked
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- salt/pepper to taste
Begin by cooking the mushrooms. Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a large pan on medium heat and add in the mushrooms. Cook for about 15 minutes or so, stirring around often, until the mushrooms have softened and turned a brown color. Season with a dash of salt and pepper.
In a small pan, cook the pancetta on medium-high heat (do not add any oil) and cook for about 5 minutes until the pancetta is crispy. Once cooked, drain the pancetta on paper towel to remove the excess grease and set aside.
In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese, mascarpone, dill, parsley together with a dash of salt/pepper and stir well to combine.
Roll the pizza dough out to create your desired flat bread shape (I went for a rectangular shape) and put the dough on a greased, non-stick baking sheet or pizza pan.
Now the fun part – time to assemble the pizza! Start by spreading a generous coat of the goat cheese mixture on top of the dough and then layer on the mushrooms and pancetta. Finish with the Parmesan cheese over top and cook in a 375 degree oven for about 25 minutes, or until the crust is lightly browned and the top is melty.