Sunday, January 27, 2008

Pizza with Crimini Mushrooms and Black Olives

Oh, January....when will you end? I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen these days. Must be the heat of the oven... an easy way to stay warm & toasty!

Whenever crimini mushrooms are part of my Fresh Picks delivery, I make this pizza. The crust is up to you; I like to make mine in a bread machine and sprinkle with cornmeal before popping the whole thing in the oven.

Here is the sauce recipe I use; it makes enough for two pizzas, and I usually store any extra in the freezer.

1 6-oz can tomato paste
6 oz warm water
3 T Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, pressed (or 1/2 tsp garlic powder)
2 T honey
3/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (adjust for heat)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (adjust for heat)

Mix everything together and let sit about 20 minutes before you need to use it.

To assemble the pizza, slather the sauce on the crust. Add a bunch of chopped crimini mushrooms and a can of drained sliced black olives. Top with part skim mozzarella cheese. Bake this for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely browned. Eat while watching a good action movie.