This delicious pizza is topped with mushrooms and seasoned with thyme and basil, and served with a salad with homemade dressing on the side. This recipe comes to us from Nomster Chef, who are currently raising money to build a digital library of family-friendly recipes on Kickstarter.
Cooking Tip of the Week: Cut or pull off the stems of the mushrooms before slicing the caps so the mushrooms won’t roll away while you’re cutting!
Food for Thought: Look closely at the mushrooms. See the gills? That’s where mushrooms store their fungus spores. Spores are sort of like seeds.
Family Dinner Conversation Starter: What’s your favorite pizza topping?
Together: Wash your hands
Adult: Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
Kid: Wash veggies and herbs
Together: Slice 4 mushrooms (per pizza) and place in a large bowl.
Kid: Pick or strip the thyme leaves off of 4 springs (tip: sprig = one stem). Add the leaves to the large bowl (with the mushrooms).
Together: Slice 20 cherry tomatoes and add to the bowl.
Together: Measure 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper, and add to the bowl.
Kid: Stir everything in the bowl.
Kid: Grease a baking sheet. Pour a little bit of olive oil in a small bowl. Dip a pastry brush in olive oil and coat the baking sheet.
Adult: Stretch the pizza dough – Put the dough on the baking sheet. Flatten.
Together: Make a fist. With a rolling motion push the dough from center to edges. Try to fill the whole pan.
Together: Add mozzarella cheese. Measure 1 cup of mozzarella. Sprinkle the cheese on the dough. Leave 1” border around the edge.
Kid: Pour the toppings on the pizza. Spread the toppings with your hands, and leave a 1” border.
Kid: Pick off 6 basil leaves (per pizza). Tear them into pieces. Spread the basil on top of the pizza.
Kid: Dip the pastry brush in the small bowl with olive oil, then brush the crust.
Adult: Put the pizza in the oven. Set a timer for 12 minutes. Bake until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.
Together: Make the salad dressing. Pour the vinegar in the liquid measuring cup until it’s at the ¼ cup line. Pour the olive oil in the same measuring cup until the total liquid is at the ¾ cup line. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper into the dressing. Stir together.
Adult: Let the pizza cool for a few minutes. Move the pizza to the second cutting board. Cut the pizza and move it to the plates.
Together: Serve pizza with salad mix and dressing on the side. Time to nom!