The Ultimate Mushroom Pizza

When it comes to making the ultimate mushroom pizza, some people think only gourmet mushrooms will do. Create this simple and delicious mushroom pizza that is sure to wow your guests and will fit any gourmet pizza category.

Mushroom Pizza Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
2 cups mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
3 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper
5 links sweet Italian sausage
1 small jar pizza sauce
1 frozen loaf of white bread
1 tablespoon fennel seed
1 tablespoon sesame seed
1 tablespoon pressed garlic
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
3 tablespoons juice from jar of banana peppers

Creating Your Pizza Filling
You will need two skillets. In the first skillet, sauté the mushrooms and onion in the butter.

Prepare the second skillet for the sausage. To remove the sausage from the casings, hold the links under cold running water. Use a pair of scissors to cut the casing down the side and slide the sausage out. Using the same scissors, snip the sausage into bite-size pieces. Cook the sausage in the skillet until done. Drain the meat and add the pizza sauce and the diced tomatoes. Heat and then add the mushrooms to the sausage skillet and keep warm until ready.

If the mixture is too dry for your tastes, add more pizza sauce or diced tomatoes at this point.

Making a Pizza Crust
You will need a large cookie sheet. Thaw one loaf of frozen bread dough. When it's soft and ready to work with, pour three tablespoons of olive oil into a plate and add one tablespoon pressed garlic to the mix.

Wash your hands and dry them and then place one palm at a time into the plate to coat them before you begin working with the dough. When you have the dough spread out into a wide rectangle, sprinkle the fennel seeds and sesame seeds over the dough. Glide over the dough lightly with a rolling pin to work the seeds in. Set aside.

Preparing Your Mushroom Pizza
Pour the still hot mushroom sausage mixture down the center of the dough. Pile it as high as two inches, if need be. Evenly distribute the cheese over the top and sides. Keep the meat and cheese about two inches from each end.

Use the scissors to cut one-inch strips at a diagonal, on each side of the meat. When you are done, begin at one end and tuck the end piece up and over the meat. Starting on that end, bring one strip from each side and lace the strips over the top of the meat and tuck each end in on the opposite sides. Do this until the entire pizza has been laced up inside the loaf of bread. Do not lace tightly. (It will look like a laced-up shoe or odd-shaped football).

Spray the cookie sheet and carefully move the pizza loaf to the cookie sheet. (It's easier if you fill it and cut the diagonal slices while the bread is already laid over the cookie sheet). Brush the top of the pizza with melted garlic butter and place it in the oven at 325 degrees for about 35 minutes or until it starts to brown and the cheese is bubbly.

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