This Leek, Bacon and Mushroom Pizza is just the spring pizza you were looking for! Melty cheese with a savory and umami topping, pizza night perfection!
For a person that used to hate mushrooms I sure have been using an awful lot of them lately. From my Creamy Bacon and Mushroom Pasta and Skillet Chicken and White Wine Mushrooms to last year’s spring pizza, Asparagus and Morel Pizza with Garlic Confit, what can I say? I guess I sort of like mushrooms. Weird.
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I have found that dry sauteing mushrooms is the key to turning a mushroom hater into a mushroom lover. The main problem I have always had with mushrooms is their weird texture. Dry sauteing them removes most of their moisture, so they have a meatier texture instead of the spongy texture they sometimes have. It is an extra step, but so worth it!
Of course, the mushrooms aren’t really the star of this pizza – the leeks are! Leeks have a wonderful mild onion flavor, and they are made to be paired with bacon and mushrooms. Earthy, salty, savory flavors all meld together under melty cheese. It’s a sophisticated and grown up pizza to enjoy in the winter and early spring.
I talked about my preferred method of making pizza at home in my other pizza post, and if you follow me on instagram you got a little sneak peek into how I make pizza at home when I was making this Leek, Bacon and Mushroom Pizza. But in case you missed it – I really think the BEST way to make pizza at home is with a pizza stone!
To get the best pizza at home, place your oven rack in the top position and put the pizza stone on top – THIS is the one I use (affiliate links). You will also need a pizza peel to get the pizza on and off the hot stone. You will want your oven to be SUPER HOT – the hottest it will get. Mine goes to 550 degrees. When the oven and the stone are nice and hot, you just quickly slide the pizza on to the stone. It only takes about 8 minutes to bake. The crust will be nice and crisp and the toppings perfectly melty!
How do you like to make pizza at home?
Leek, Bacon and Mushroom Pizza
Yield 8 Slices
16 ounces Pizza Dough, enough for one 12 inch pizza (store bought or make your own)
2 leeks, dark green parts removed, cut lengthwise and into half moons
4 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
4 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
4 slices thick cut bacon, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 and 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 Tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
cornmeal (for pizza peel)
- Place oven rack in the very top position of the oven and place pizza stone on it. Heat oven to 550 degrees.
- If refrigerated, set pizza dough on the counter for at least half an hour.
- Add the sliced mushrooms to a nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Saute for 5-10 minutes, until mushrooms have released their moisture and pan is dry. Remove from pan.
- Add the bacon pieces and allow to render fat and start to become crisp. Remove bacon from pan and leave fat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of butter to pan and allow to melt. Add the leeks and season lightly with salt and pepper (remember the bacon is salty, so you don't need much). Saute for several minutes, until starting to soften. Add the mushrooms back to the pan and continue to cook with the leeks, until starting to turn golden. Add the bacon and the garlic to the pan and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds to one minute. Taste mixture and season with more salt and pepper if needed. Remove from heat.
- Spread cornmeal on to pizza peel. Use your hands to work the pizza dough ball into a disc, when it gets to be 6-8 inches across, place on the pizza peel and continue to spread into a 12 inch disc. If the dough starts to spring back and gets to difficult to work with, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and it should relax. When pizza dough has been shaped into a 12 inch flat disc, give the pizza peel a shake to make sure the dough is not sticking to it.
- Use a pastry brush to brush one tablespoon of olive oil all over the crust. Spread the half of shredded cheese all over the dough, leaving about an inch of space all around the outside edge of the crust. Cover with the bacon leek and mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
- Give the pizza peel another shake to make sure the dough is not sticking in any places.
- Now comes the tricky part! Transferring the pizza from the peel to the hot pizza stone. This is why you want to make sure your dough isn't sticking to the peel. Open the oven and pull the rack out about halfway so that you have easier access to the hot stone. Quickly, carefully and deliberately, shake the pizza from the peel onto the hot stone, then close the oven. It helps to have two people involved, and for the second person to have a spatula or other heat proof utensil to help guide the pizza onto the stone it needed.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes, until crust is golden and cheese is bubbly. Carefully transfer pizza back to pizza peel to remove from oven (again, the second person standing nearby with a spatula is helpful for this).
- Allow to sit for a few minutes before slicing and serving.