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Wild Foraged Mushroom, Fontina & Havarti Pizza

As the spring season of renewal arrives in the Pacific Northwest, so do the morels. The king of spring beckons foragers into the woods with their elusive woodsy flavor and earthy appeal. The morel’s smoky, meaty richness is the highlight of the hunt.

Wild Foraged Mushroom, Fontina & Havarti Pizza

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 10 oz morel mushrooms (or your favorite wild mushroom)
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (1-2 sprigs)
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped (3-4 sprigs)
  • 2 Tbsp dry sherry
  • pizza dough (pre-made or see recipe below)
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 5 oz Havarti cheese, grated
  • 3 oz Fontina cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp black truffle oil, for drizzling

Prepare mushrooms: Heat large skillet over high heat. Add olive oil then sliced mushrooms, spreading into a single layer with a wooden spoon. Continue to sauté for 5–6 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Add the chopped garlic and continue sautéing for 1–2 minutes. De-glaze the pan with the dry sherry. Place back on the heat, add the chopped rosemary and thyme, and cook over medium high heat until all of the sherry has evaporated. Put mushroom mixture aside to cool.

Assemble pizza: Preheat the oven to 500°F. Preheat a pizza stone (or a baking sheet) for 20–30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll or stretch pizza dough until it forms a rough 10″ circle (the dough will be thin). Transfer to the pizza stone or baking sheet.

Lightly brush the top of the dough with olive oil. Sprinkle the Havarti and Fontina evenly over the pizza and place fresh spinach on top of cheese. Distribute the mushrooms mixture on top. Bake for 8–12 minute or until the dough is golden and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Immediately drizzle with black truffle oil and garnish with additional rosemary sprigs or thyme leaves, if desired. Slice and serve.

Morels not available in all stores. Call your local store to check availability.

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Only a short 5 minute wait for the dough to rise for a delicious chewy crust.

  • 1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp white sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • In a medium bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.

Stir in flour, salt and oil. Beat until smooth. Let rest for 5 minutes.

See pizza recipe above for preparation and baking instructions.

Photo credit: Katheryn Moran Photography

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