This recipe takes me back!.. a great dish to put in the oven on a cold winter day. It's from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in a time when a mushroom flatbread was an exciting restaurant option. The call for exotic mushrooms cracks me up. This was the first time I sautéed them with sweet vermouth, which was amazing! Am I that old that I will call this a classic?!
Wild Mushroom Flatbread Pizza
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 25, 2010
1/4 cup butter
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 cups exotic mushrooms (oyster, shitake, etc), chopped
pepper, freshly ground
1/4 cup sweet vermouth
4 10" Italian Herb Flatbread (see note)
extra virgin olive oil
8 ounces gouda cheese, coarsely grated
Notes: Marek-Loper uses Tandoori Naan, which is a thicker flatbread than some brands.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Add butter to saute pan over medium-high heat until mostly melted. Add shallots and garlic and saute until opaque, stirring constantly to prevent burning or browning. Add mushrooms, then salt and pepper to taste. Saute until almost soft. Add sweet vermouth and continue to saute until liquid is absorbed.
3. Remove flatbreads from package, place 2 per cookie sheet and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Generously top with Gouda cheese and layer mushroom mixture on top.
4. Bake pizzas in preheated oven about 10-16 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is slightly golden brown around the edges. Be careful not to burn. Cut each into 8-10 pieces and serve immediately.
The Meatball Shop’s
2 cups lentils
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons tomato paste
8 ounces button mushrooms, wiped clean and sliced
3 large eggs
1/2 cup grated rennet-free Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1. Combine the lentils and 2 quarts water in a medium
stockpot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer
until the lentils are soft but not falling apart, about 25 minutes. Drain the
lentils and allow to cool.
2. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil to a large frying pan and
sauté the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme and salt over medium-high heat,
stirring frequently, for about 10 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and
just beginning to brown. Add the tomato paste and continue to cook, stirring
constantly, for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, for
15 more minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. Transfer the mixture to a
large bowl and allow to cool to room temperature. When cool, add the lentils to
the vegetable mixture.
3. Add the eggs, Parmesan, bread crumbs, parsley and walnuts
to the cooled vegetables and lentils and mix by hand until thoroughly
incorporated. Place in the refrigerator for 25 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drizzle the remaining 2
tablespoons olive oil into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and use your hand to
evenly coat the entire surface. Set aside.
5. Roll the mixture into round golf ball-size meatballs
(about 1 1/2 inches), making sure to pack the vegetable mixture firmly. Place
the balls in the prepared baking dish, allowing 1/4 inch of space between the
balls and in even rows vertically and horizontally to form a grid.
6. Roast for 30 minutes, or until the meatballs are firm and
cooked through. Allow the meatballs to cool for 5 minutes in the baking dish
is the smallest kitchen ever. We used to watch those decorating shows that said they were doing small kitchens and then could see that 4 of my kitchens would fit in their "small kitchens".
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