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Mushroom Lovers' French Bread Pizza

Mushroom Lovers' French Bread Pizza


For the mushroom topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms, such as crimini, thinly sliced, and hen-of-the-woods/maitake, pulled into thin pieces

  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped

  • 2 large cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped, or 2 teaspoons dried

  • Salt and pepper

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • About ¼ cup sherry or white wine

  • 1 cup half-and-half or whole milk

For the cheese blend:

  • 1½ cups shredded brick mozzarella

  • 1½ cups shredded Gruyere

To serve:

  • 1 loaf French bread

  • Finely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme


Serves: 4

Melt butter in nonstick skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and brown well, then add shallots, garlic and thyme, salt and pepper, stir 2 minutes, stir in flour and then add the sherry or wine and let it absorb. Add half-and-half or milk and thicken, then remove from heat.

For the blend, combine cheeses in bowl.

To serve, preheat oven to 400˚F with rack 1 above center. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the 4 planks of French bread and lightly toast 4 to 5 minutes. Top evenly with mushrooms and cheese, then bake 12 to 15 minutes more to brown and bubbly and top with parsley and thyme.