Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cremini Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread with Truffled Cream Cheese

This summer, my boyfriend ventured to Italy for two weeks with his family to visit landmarks from his maternal heritage. And upon his return, he made sure to spoil me with some culinary souvenirs. Like truffles! Lots and lots of truffles.

I have never had pure truffles before - just heard about their loveliness, and tasted enough truffled honey to realize that I like the flavour. So owning 3 jars of truffles and 1 jar of truffle oil feels like winning the lottery.

Now, what to make with truffles? First up: Cremini Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread with Truffled Cream Cheese.

If you don't have truffles, the cream cheese would be just as good with some thyme leaves mixed in. Garlic and herb cream cheese would be yummy, too.

Because of the truffles, this recipe might sound complicated, but it's actually really easy. Spread cream cheese on raw, rolled out pizza dough, scatter sauteed mushrooms on top, and sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese. Bake, and you're done. Keep reading for the recipe.

Cremini Mushroom and Blue Cheese Flatbread with Truffled Cream Cheese

Makes 1 flatbread

1/2 batch of standard pizza dough recipe (I used this recipe)
1/2 brick plain cream cheese (or garlic and herb cream cheese)
1/2 a truffle, or a sprinkle of fresh or dried thyme
1 (220g) package pre-sliced cremini mushrooms
White wine
1/2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
1 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

The night before you make the flatbread, grate truffles (or sprinkle thyme) into cream cheese.

When ready to assemble, preheat oven to 450 degrees (or according to your recipe's directions). Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until they release their juices and brown, approximately 10 minutes. Add a splash of white wine and continue cooking until it has evaporated. Remove from heat. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Roll pizza dough into a long, thin rectangle and place on baking sheet. Spread cream cheese on dough, leaving a thin edge for a crust (a graduated spatula works perfectly for this step). Sprinkle mushrooms in top of dough and cream cheese, and finally, sprinkle with blue cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes,
or according to your recipe's directions.

Cut into slices or squares and serve.


matty January 4, 2009 at 9:40:00 PM EST  

Lots of fungus on that there pizza. Bet it would be good for all those fungus lovers out there.

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