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Wood-Fired Pizza with Pickled Mushrooms and Caramelized Onions


For the pickled mushrooms:

1 cup sugar

1 cup white balsamic vinegar

6 cups mushrooms (such as cremini, shiitake, oyster, and beech), thinly sliced, divided

2 bay leaves

2 sprigs thyme

2 sprigs oregano

2 sprigs rosemary

For the carmelized onions:

8 yellow onions, sliced

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the pizza:

1 batch pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)

Semolina flour for dusting

4 cups mozzarella, divided

4 cups arugula, divided

1 cup grated parmesan, divided

Truffle oil for drizzling


Start the mushrooms the day before you plan to make the pizzas.

  1. Make the pickled mushrooms: In a medium pot, combine sugar, vinegar, and 1 cup water. Bundle bay leaves, thyme, oregano, and rosemary in cheesecloth and tie with twine. Add to pot and bring to a boil. Place 4 cups of sliced mushrooms in a heatproof container and pour in hot pickling liquid to cover them. If needed, place a weight on top to keep mushrooms submerged. Set aside to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate overnight.
  2. Make the caramelized onions: In a pan over medium-high heat, combine onions, butter, and olive oil. Cook until onions develop color, about 3 to 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium-low and caramelize, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes for about 1 hour. Once caramelized, season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool completely.
  3. Make the pizza: Place a pizza stone in oven and preheat to 500 degrees. Shape pizza dough into four 10-inch rounds. Dust a pizza peel or wooding cutting board with semolina and set one round on top. Starting from the center, add a thin layer of caramelized onions. Top with 1 cup mozzarella and ½ cup of the remaining sliced mushrooms. Repeat with remaining dough and toppings. Transfer pizzas to heated stone and bake until cheese has melted and crust is lightly golden, about 7 to 10 minutes. Top each pizza with 1 cup arugula, pickled mushrooms, and ¼ cup grated parmesan. Drizzle with truffle oil and serve.
  4. To make the pizzas on the grill: Heat a charcoal grill to 500 degrees and add soaked hickory woodchips for smoke. Place pizza stone directly on the grate and let heat for at least 10 minutes. Build pizza on a piece of parchment paper or cutting board. Slide parchment paper with pizza onto stone, close the lid, and cook until the crust has begun to crisp and turn golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
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