Cremini-Pesto Pizza

Cremini-Pizza

When in doubt, make pizza. I’m pretty sure that’s my #1 motto. And believe me, it nevvver fails. Max and I were feeling a tasty treat to go with beer over the holidays, and a cremini pizza with pesto, ricotta cheese, and an extra thin crust was just the ticket. We usually buy Boboli crust, but while browsing Hy Vee, I came across a new brand of premade pizza crusts: Golden Home Ultra Crispy, Ultra Thin. They come in a pack of three, and they’re exactly as the title states: crispy and thin! We used our pizza stone and it crisped right up. And with a dark holiday beer, this pizza was Ultra Delicious, too.

With so many fancy, time-consuming recipes around the holidays, this recipe is a nice change of pace for a quick and tasty meal. If you’re staying in for New Year’s, whip up a pizza or two to ring in 2013. It’ll be worth it, promise 🙂

Cremini-Pesto Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 thin pizza crust
  • Olive oil
  • 1 pkg cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced shallots
  • 1 T garlic, minced
  • 2 Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (or enough to spread over the crust)
  • 1/2 cup pesto (or enough to lightly cover the crust)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Baste pizza crust with olive oil; set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, saute mushrooms, shallots, and garlic in 1 T olive oil over medium heat until mushrooms are tender and slightly browned. Add balsamic vinegar, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid evaporates.
  3. Spread a layer of pesto, then a layer of ricotta onto the pizza crust. Top with mushroom mixture, and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until crust is crisp and cheese is melted.

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