Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Leeks: One of the Most Under-Utilized Vegetables!
I love Leeks! They are a fantastic, versatile vegetable that can be used in tons of dishes, and yet, there are a lot of people who aren't even sure what a leek looks like. They have an amazing mild onion flavor that cannot be matched. So, I paired them up with another couple of favorites, mushrooms and goat cheese on a yummy pizza. Here's the Recipe:
Leek, Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza
1 Carton of Cremini Mushrooms
2 Tablespoons of Soft Goat Cheese
3 Tablespoons of Grated Mozzarella
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tablespoon of Butter
Salt and Pepper to Taste
6 Garlic Cloves
6 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
6 Tablespoons of White Wine
Frozen Pizza Dough
For the sauce, blend the garlic, olive oil, and white wine together in a blender or food processor. Roll out your thawed pizza dough on a lightly floured board, and when I can, I like to grill my dough first. Brush it with the sauce and toss on the grill to get lovely char marks on each side. But this time, I put the dough (without the sauce) on a pizza stone in the oven, and cooked it until the edges were lightly golden. I think 425 degrees works pretty well.
In a skillet, saute your leeks and mushrooms and garlic together in the butter until tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Brush your cooked pizza bread with a little more sauce (the sauce should be a very thin coating, just enough to make it shiny) then spread the leeks and mushrooms on top. Crumble your soft goat cheese across the pizza, then spread your mozzarella on top. Bake again at 425 degrees until the cheese is melty and delicious, remove and slice as desired!