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THIN CRUST PIZZA WITH MUSHROOMS AND GOAT CHEESE

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Thin crust pizza with mushrooms and goat cheese
 

Ingredients for 2 thin crust pizzas:

3 cups white flour,
1 portion dry yeast,
1 cup warm water,
1 teaspoon salt,
1 teaspoon sugar,
1/2 cup whole wheat flour,
1 teaspoon vegetable oil for
greasing the pizza pan.
Toppings:
6 oz. crumbled goat cheese,
2 cups mushroom ragout, (recipe below),
1/4 cup grated mozzarella cheese.

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Pizza crust recipe: Combine the yeast with a cup of warm water and let it sit for 10 minutes to bloom. Place the 3 cups of flour, salt and sugar in a mixing bowl (or food processor, if you are using) and add the yeast. Knead until you have smooth dough, while adding slowly as much water as needed. Cover the dough with cling wrap and leave it in a warm place for 25 minutes to proof. Divide the dough to 2 balls and roll them with a rolling pin over the whole wheat flour. If you will use a non-perforated pizza pan for the oven, grease it with the oil, before putting the pizza on it. You can cook the pizza over the B-B-Q, as well. Cooking tip: If you like an extra crispy pizza crust, roll the dough over some panko breadcrumbs mixed with little flour, before putting it on the pizza pan.
Recipe for mushroom ragout: Sliced mushrooms (cremini, portabello, button, shitake); porcini powder, as needed; 1 small onion, chopped; 1 tsp. minced garlic; 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
Sauté the onion and garlic in the olive oil and add the remaining ingredients. Cook until au sec and season to taste. Porcini powder is made by baking some dried porcini until they are crunchy, then let them cool down and powder them in a food processor. You won't be able to grind the dried porcini unless they are toasted first.

Chef George Krumov
About the author: George Krumov is a Red Seal certified chef with many years of culinary experience working around the world in Europe, the Middle East, the cruise line industry and North America. In the last decade he has headed the kitchens of several restaurants in Canada, and ran his own restaurant.

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