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Offline Bill/SFNM

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January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« on: January 01, 2012, 04:39:59 PM »
Your challenge is to bake a pizza this month based on your interpretation of the theme: Mushrooms.

Throwing some fungi on top of any old pie is OK, but let's start the new year by ratcheting up the creativity with something new.

 
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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2012, 04:58:43 PM »
To get the [dough] ball rolling, here is my entry. It is new for me because it is the first time I haven't precooked the mushrooms. In this case, the mushrooms are sliced paper-thin on a mandolin. They cook quickly, there is little moisture released, and the fragrance is captured by the upper crust. I made three of these focaccia di Recco today for a light lunch:

1) cheese and mushrooms
2) cheese, meatballs, and mushrooms
3) cheese, salami, and mushrooms

Paper thin dough, 24-hour room temp fermentation, rolled by hand. Perfect way to start the New Year.

 
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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2012, 04:59:29 PM »
continued:

Sometimes I use big words that I don’t fully understand in an effort to make myself sound more photosynthesis. - @itjenlawrence

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2012, 05:20:30 PM »
Bill,

Great way to get the New Year rolling with your focaccia di Recco with mushrooms!  They sure look very tasty.   :) 

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2012, 08:57:48 PM »
Oooh, those look wonderful!  Nicely different approach, I'll have to try that.  Thanks for the idea!!

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2012, 08:57:12 PM »
Corn fungi pizza with sliced tomato and onion. One of my favorites. I have realized my oven loading at 800 plus degrees technique needs work. I'm not getting the round look I could get before.
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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2012, 10:11:22 PM »
Beautiful Don... But a little unfair. How am I supposed to gain access to Huitlacoche in New Hampshire?!? Nice start to the challenge.  I'm still brainstorming, and I think I'll be able to post pics instead of links from now on.

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2012, 11:22:19 PM »
Absolutely beautiful pie Don. Awesome use of corn smut.

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2012, 05:55:01 AM »
Don,

Great pizza for this months challenge!   :chef:

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2012, 08:44:17 PM »
Thanks everyone ! I saw some oyster mushrooms at the store to day and just had to bring them home. A pizza tonight and stir fry tomarrow night. I went through my pantry and found a can of coconut milk.  ;D  Two hour dough. oh well.
1C. coconut milk
1/4C Hoisin sauce
2T. oyster sauce
1T. smooth peanut butter
1T. Rooster brand hot chili sauce
4 cloves garlic finely chopped
1t. ginger finely shredded
1t. cornstarch
Method:
Blend cornstarch with a couple of tablespoons of coconut milk. Heat all ingredients in a pan until simmered for 15 minutes stirring from time to time. Do not allow to boil. Upon cooling it will thicken up. A light coat of sauce, light on cheese, sliced green onion and slivered basil. Sublime.
Don




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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2012, 02:40:43 AM »
Don, that pie would fetch about a $grand in Japan.

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2012, 05:13:12 PM »
Quattro funghi racchetta.

Tennis racket with four different roasted mushrooms. The handle had ricotta, cooked ham, and olive oil inside. Topped with chives, pecorino and drizzled with truffle oil.

This shape is made by Pizzeria Starita in Naples.

John

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2012, 07:01:18 PM »
Quattro funghi racchetta.

Tennis racket with four different roasted mushrooms. The handle had ricotta, cooked ham, and olive oil inside. Topped with chives, pecorino and drizzled with truffle oil.

This shape is made by Pizzeria Starita in Naples.

John

John, to me, that is one of the coolest and best looking pizzas ever posted on this website. Bravo!

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2012, 07:18:14 PM »
Game-set-match to Mr. Delavecchia!!

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2012, 08:09:02 AM »
Peter - Couldn't resist, huh? Well played...

Craig - Too kind, and too generous!

John

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2012, 08:23:21 AM »
John, You aced that one :D. I really like the part stromboli, part pizza concept.
Don
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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2012, 01:31:42 PM »
John, that is a work of art.  The execution is so clean and perfect!  How was launching that?


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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #17 on: January 11, 2012, 10:04:48 PM »
After seeing Don's beautiful Oyster Mushroom Pizza, and John's amazing "Tennis Racket Pie", I'm almost embarrassed to post!

I went for a Stromboli:

- Mushroom duxelles (mushrooms, shallots, fresh thyme, garlic, white pepper, butter, olive oil, and a splash of dry Marsala)
- Applewood Smoked Ham (Niman Ranch. Good Stuff.)
- A bit of grated Fontina
- A dollop of Crème fraîche on the side
- A glass of dry Gewürztraminer.....



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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2012, 12:25:52 AM »
Excellent stromboli, Paul.  I really would like a piece to try.  Can you travel near Texas to make us some?  :chef:
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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2012, 06:18:11 AM »
Wow, I LOVE the side addition of creme fraiche to your beautifully prepared duxelles. Great job Paul!

John

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2012, 09:55:39 AM »
After seeing Don's beautiful Oyster Mushroom Pizza, and John's amazing "Tennis Racket Pie", I'm almost embarrassed to post!

I would say your stromboli is more than worthy!

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #21 on: January 13, 2012, 08:16:48 PM »
This was a fun and very tasty personal size deep dish. Sauteed buttons with green pepper, onion and garlic. I layered some mozz at the bottom, followed by some hand crushed plum tomatoes then the mushroom mix with some chopped black olives. Garnished with crushed oregano.
Don

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2012, 02:37:20 PM »
that looks delicious, don!

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2012, 04:58:23 PM »
Thanks CDN, I ate it all,oink/oink. I've come to the conclusion based on the very few deep dish I've made that semolina flour, I have none now, is an aid to pulling the sides up, but I discovered last night that with floured hands it helped dry the surface just enough to keep the sides from falling. I wish I could find more of these black enameled pans, oh well. I have more ideas for this month but I'm running out of time :(
Don


that looks delicious, don!

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Re: January 2012 Monthly Challenge: "Mushrooms"
« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2012, 10:11:43 PM »
Don, that looks really good.  It looks pretty too, but I mean it looks good to Eat.