Jessica Fisher from Life As Mom shares one of her favorite pizza recipes that mixes mushrooms with other bold flavors for a veritable party on a pizza. As a busy mom to six young children, aged tot to teen, she loves the recipe because it’s simple to prepare and a meal that the whole family enjoys.
In our family, we work hard – and play hard. The kids know that Monday through Saturday are days when we work hard at school and chores. On Friday afternoon, however, once we’ve cleaned and vacuumed and put away those school books, we’re ready for a weekend of rest and relaxation.
The kids know that they can expect a number of things come Friday evening:
1. Papa is off for two days (read: fun and adventure are theirs for the taking.)
2. The video games can be fired up.
3. A Friday night movie is selected.
4. Pizza is on the menu.
Pizza is a Friday night ritual at our house, making for a simple and tasty meal that everyone loves. I have several techniques to ensure that the meal is easy.
1. Use premade dough.
Whether I make my favorite pizza dough recipe and freeze it in advance, or have a batch of “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes” dough waiting in the fridge, having the dough premade makes the meal quick to prepare as well as less messy than making dough on the spot. You can also buy pizza dough from your local pizzeria or grocery store.
2. Buy cheese pre-shredded.
I purchase five pound bags of mozzarella from Costco and then divide it into smaller portions. I store these bags in the freezer for pizza nights. The cheese thaws quickly, and again, there’s less mess since I’m not shredding the cheese on pizza night.
3. Make mini pizzas.
Preparing small serving pizzas allows for each family member to have what they like. It also allows us to experiment with different toppings.
4. Go big if you want.
That said, preparing a big pizza is quicker and brings people together – literally.
My favorite pizzas always include mushrooms. This recipe is chockfull of flavor. Bacon, mushrooms, goat cheese, and leeks have a veritable party on a pizza. Serve a green salad on the side and you’ve got the perfect start to your weekend.
Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Leeks
Makes two 12-inch pizzas
- 3 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 cup sliced leeks
- 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Two 12-inch pizza crusts
- 1/2 cup favorite sauce
- 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
- 2/3 cup shredded mozzarella
- Crushed red pepper, to taste, optional
In a skillet over medium high heat, cook the bacon until crisp, but not overly browned. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.
Add the leeks and garlic to the bacon drippings in the skillet. Cook on medium heat for about five minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until the leeks are very tender and the mushrooms have given up their liquid and start to brown slightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. Prepare your favorite pizza dough on a two 12-inch pizza pans. Divide the sauce over the crusts. Divide the mushroom mixture over the two pies. Sprinkle with cheeses and bacon and season to taste with crushed red pepper, if using.