Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Garlic Scapes, Shiitake Mushroom & Goat Cheese Pizza

I have so many exciting things to share with you! First & foremost, I am now a shiitake mushroom farmer. My partner & I bought a mushroom-growing kit and last week, we harvested our first batch (about thirty mushrooms!). Keep an eye out because I am going to dedicate an entire post to this exciting venture. Second, my CSA with One Straw Farm began last weekend! Each Saturday, we meet them at one of the farmers' markets and pick our four produce items for the week. Not only that, but we have resolved to make a new recipe each week with something that we picked up. This week, we got strawberries, broccoli, radishes, and garlic scapes. In case you weren't already aware, GARLIC SCAPES ARE MAGIC. The pizza below incorporates the incredible garlic scape and our homemade mushrooms. I can't take any credit for this recipe; my partner whipped up this entire pizza. Trust me -- if you can get your hands on some scapes, be sure to make this!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Five (5) garlic scapes, diced
Five (5) medium shiitake mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup of goat cheese -- we used herbed goat cheese
One (1) cup of tomato sauce
Two (2) cups of mozzarella cheese, shredded
One (1) thin crust pizza crust -- we used Boboli
1/2 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat your oven to 450F degrees.
In a food processor, blend the scapes and olive oil together until it is finely chopped. Set aside.
Top the pizza crust with the sauce and cheese, as you normally would make a cheese pizza.

Spread the shiitake slices over the crust evenly.
Spoon the chopped garlic scapes onto the pizza. Make sure the scapes are evenly spaced because they are a bit spicy and you don't want them overpowering the pizza.
Sprinkle with goat cheese.

Bake for 10 minutes (or until golden brown).
Remove, let cool, and enjoy!