Have you ever heard of Mellow Mushroom Pizza? No? Me either. I have never been to a Mellow Mushroom Pizza and I had never even heard of it until I saw a copycat recipe on a blog I follow. When I saw the pizza I started to drool. It looked increadibly delicious. I turned my screen around and showed my husband. He started drooling too.
I then asked him if he’d ever heard of Mellow Mushroom Pizza and he said that he had and he actually went to one. I asked how it was and he replied that it wasn’t anything special. I told him this was a copycat recipe for that place and he told me his pizza didn’t look like that. When I asked if he wanted to try it he agreed right away. I wrote down the list of ingredients and put it on our menu plan for the next week.
The crust recipe is similiar to others I have made with one major difference. The crust has molasses in it. This gives it a darker color and just a hint of sweetness. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but it turned out really wonderful. The texture is just about perfect and the molasses just adds a touch of flavor. It’s really good and I’m glad I made enough for two pizzas.
The other thing that makes the crust so awesome is that it is brushed with melted butter mixed with garlic. I used President Sea Salt Butter which just went so well with the garlic and Parmesan. It has actual sea salt crystals in it so it was perfect for this pizza. I brushed the President Sea Salt Butter and garlic on the crust then sprinkled it with Parmesan cheese both before baking and after. Talk about amazing crust…this one is a winner through and through.
Now let’s talk about toppings. I couldn’t just use a jar of sauce on homemade crust (it doesn’t happen folks!) so I made a pot of tomato sauce as well. I actually made THIS buttery tomato sauce which is simple and paired perfectly with this pizza. Then I topped it off with cheese, sliced mushrooms, caramelized onions, and bacon. This pizza had it all and both my husband and I loved it.
The crust was crispy, golden brown, and tasted like Parmesan garlic bread. The pizza itself was bursting with flavor from the bacon and caramelized onions. Also, the caramelized onions added their own sweetness along with the crust which was really spectacular. I recommend everyone try this flavor combination before going with your own toppings.
- 1½ c. warm water (110 degrees)
- 2 T. molasses
- 2 packets active yeast
- 3¾ c. flour
- 1 t. salt
- 1 T. olive oil
- 3 T. President Sea Salt Butter, melted
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 T. Parmesan cheese
- 1 T. President Sea Salt Butter
- 2 onions, thinly sliced
- 2 t. sugar
- 1½ c. homemade tomato sauce
- 1½ c. mozzarella cheese
- ½ c. sliced mushrooms
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- Place the hot water in a mixing bowl and stir in the molasses. Sprinkle the yeast on top and gently stir it in. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
- Mix together the flour and salt. Add the flour mix and the olive oil to the yeast mixture.
- Stir the flour mixture together until a sticky dough forms.
- Cover a surface with flour and knead the dough for 5 minutes. It will still be somewhat sticky. Roll it into a ball.
- Lightly grease a bowl and place the dough ball in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm place for 2 hours or until it's more then doubled.
- Meanwhile, make the caramelized onions by placing 1 tablespoon sea salt butter in a medium skillet. Heat over medium heat until melted.
- Add the onions and sugar and mix together. Cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized. Remove from pan.
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Gently push down the pizza dough and divide in half.
- Sprinkle a pizza pan with cornmeal and stretch one half of the dough into the pan.
- Combine the sea salt butter and garlic in a small bowl. Brush the entire crush with the mixture and sprinkle with half the Parmesan cheese.
- Bake the crust for 8 minutes or until it's partially baked.
- Remove from oven and top the crust with sauce and cheese. Place the mushrooms all over the cheese. Spread the caramelized onions on top and sprinkle with the bacon.
- Bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and brush remaining garlic butter on the crust and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
**Wrap remaining pizza crust in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months**
I received samples of President Butter but all opinions are 100% my own.