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"Nature alone is antique and the oldest art a mushroom."
Thomas Carlyle

Mushroom Pizza with Caramelized Onions and Blue Cheese

Mushroom Pizza

Girl's Night is every Monday.  The five of us get together and everyone brings a dish -- the more interesting
the better.  This was my contribution to last Monday's gathering and it was a HUGE hit.  I've written 
what I did below,
but don't be afraid to experiment and use your own ideas. If you live in an area where you can
get interesting fresh mushrooms, substitute them for the portabellas.  The pizza paddle works  great for this and 
adds to the presentation.

Pizza crust for one medium pizza.  (I used a precooked store bought pizza crust, but you  could also use 
        homemade pizza dough)
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T. butter
1 T. olive oil
5 medium portabella mushrooms, or 3 large - sliced into chunks
1 cup pizza sauce -- use good quality store bought, or try Michael's sauce.
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 t. red pepper flakes
1 t. dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

In a heavy skillet, melt butter and add olive oil.  Heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté over medium heat until
onions are caramelized -- just starting to turn brown.  Remove from skillet to a separate dish.

Return skillet to stove and sauté mushrooms until tender.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Put crust on lightly floured cookie sheet or a pizza board.

Spread pizza sauce on pizza dough.  Spread mushrooms on top of that.  Add onions, cheeses, pepper
flakes and basil. 

Slide pizza onto oven rack. 

If your pizza dough is precooked, bake pizza for 20 minutes or until cheese starts to bubble.  If your
pizza dough is uncooked bake for 35 to 40 minutes.  Use the pizza board to easily remove the pizza
from the oven.  Let stand for 10 minutes.  Cut and enjoy!


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