According to the surveys, Italian cuisine is the most popular in the modern world. Not only foreigners voted for it, but 99% of Italians, who took part in the survey, ranked their national dishes at the top.
What meal can be named “the queen” of Italian cuisine? The pizza, of course!
Originally the whole concept of pizza was different: it was just some food that travelers took along with them, eaten from thin wheaten cakes used for the plates. Nowadays, there are millions of pizza recipes, thousands of restaurants specializing in pizza, and almost zero ingredients that wouldn’t taste good on top of pizza.
There is one ingredient in particular that completely enhances pizza, an ingredient that in the 15th century Europe was considered “garlic of the riches.” This so-called “garlic” was actually the incredibly aromatic truffle.
Most people like a little garlic on their pizza, so it makes sense that truffle would also be the perfect addition to the classic Italian dish. The best thing about truffles is the numerous variations of it. From truffle shavings to truffle oil, this mushroom has range!
The fun doesn’t stop when choosing the form of truffle. Once you decide to drizzle truffle oil on your pizza, then you have to choose between black and white truffle oil.
If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the choices but want to cook pizza at home, we are sure you will enjoy this recipe. It’s especially chic since the ingredients include our favorite truffle products.
Mushroom Pizza with Truffle Oil
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 2 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 4 ounces)
- 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices portobello mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
You can actually take any mushrooms you like (but we strongly recommend the above set).
- 2 teaspoons cornmeal
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 3 tablespoons chopped basil
- 1/2 teaspoon Urbani Truffle Oil
- 1 ounce grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1/4 cup)
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Urbani Tomato & Truffles Sauce
P.S. Depending on whether you prefer to make the dough yourself or use a purchased one, make sure you have at least 2 (8-ounce each) balls.
Preheat your oven to the highest setting (usually 500 °F).
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to press your dough out to a 12-inch circle.
Heat 2 teaspoons of truffle oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt, the herbs, garlic, and mushrooms, and mix it well. Cook 7 minutes or until mushrooms soften and moisture almost evaporates, stirring frequently.
Lightly cover a baking sheet (or pizza peel if using a pizza stone) with cornmeal, and place the dough on top. Lightly brush the outer edge of the pizza with olive oil, then spoon some of the Urbani Truffle & Tomato sauce into the center and smooth with the back of a spoon, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Place the pre-cooked mushrooms over the dough and scatter the cheese.
Bake until golden brown and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
Many thanks to our friends at Urbani for this recipe. If you LOVE truffles, be sure to check out the Urbani website, where you can find more great recipes and “inside” information on all things truffle — they are the experts!