Recipe: Mushroom Lovers’ French Bread Pizza

Nushroom Lovers' French Bread Pizza, courtesy:
Mushroom Lovers’ French Bread Pizza, courtesy:

French bread, lots of cheese and three kinds of mushrooms! What’s better than that? This hearty and filling meal is a snap to make and tastes great too. Use your day old french bread for a crusty pizza.

8 large portobello mushroom caps
1 pound button mushrooms
1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan
2 Tbsp. butter, cut into pieces
1 bay leaf
4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine, eyeball it
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves, 4 sprigs stripped and chopped
1 loaf crusty French bread, 24 inches
3 cups shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese


  1. Wipe mushrooms clean with a damp towel.
  2. Slice the mushrooms.
  3. Heat a deep skillet with extra-virgin olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  4. When butter melts into oil, add bay leaf, garlic and mushrooms.
  5. Cook until mushrooms are dark and tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
  6. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper and add wine.
  7. Deglaze the pan with wine, eyeball the amount.
  8. Shake the pan and add the Worcestershire and thyme.
  9. Turn off heat.
  10. Preheat broiler and split the loaf lengthwise and across.
  11. Hollow out a bit of the soft insides (set aside)
  12. Toast the bread lightly under broiler.
  13. Fill bread with mushrooms evenly then top with cheese liberally.
  14. Place under broiler and melt cheese until it browns and bubbles
  15. Remove the pizzas from the oven and turn off the broiler.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions:

  • Use the bread from the inside of the loaf for croutons.
  • Add some tomato sauce to make this a red pizza, if desired.

Yield: four 12″ french bread pizzas

Source:, courtesy: Rachael Ray, Show: 30 Minute Meals, Episode: Movie Marathon


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