JimRhino

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Triple D Pizza

I’m calling this the Triple D Pizza. No, I’m not referring the Guy’s FoodNetwork show, Diner’s Drive-In’s and Dives. This is Deep Dish Deconstructed.

Haven’t been to the grocery this week, so the cubboards are on the lean side. Swung over to the house from the older critter’s first track meet of the year to grab some lunch and soon realized that, (re-read first sentence.) Time to get creative.

We did have some nice Portabello Mushrooms in the fridge, along with some marinara sauce, 3 cheese shredded blend, and some Johnsonville Beef Sausage Bites. I don’t know about you, but my mind instantly thought…PIZZA!

Here’s the lowdown…

I used a spoon to scrape out the ‘fins’ from the underneath side of the shroom; also pulled out the stem, but didn’t throw it away. I chopped the stem and sprinkled it in the cup of the shroom. To that I added a couple dabs of marinara sauce, a sprinkling of Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper, Smoked Paprika, and Chili Powder; some sliced up Johnsonville Beef Sausage Bites and shredded 3 cheese blend. then added some more sliced up sausage bites.

While the prep was going on, the oven was pre-heating to 400*F. When ready, I baked the ‘shroom pie for 10 minutes. While the cheese was melted at that point, the ‘shroom was still pretty firm, so I baked it an additional 5 minutes. After removing from the 2nd go around in the oven, I sprinkled some chopped almonds on top for texture. It was perfect!

The beef sausage really made a nice flavor on the pie, but the almonds really gave a nice texture and ‘bite’ to the dish. The beefy-ness of the ‘shroom REALLY added a nice flavor and made for an awesome replacement to the traditional pizza dough.

This will definitely be on the ‘will-have-again’ list.

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