Flatbread pizza with mozzarella, baby portobello mushrooms and fresh herbs

March 30, 2009

Flatbread pizza with baby portobello mushrooms and fresh herbs

It was not until the 1990s that the Portobello (sometimes called Portabella) mushroom became so fashionable. The Portobello is actually an overgrown Crimini mushroom which in the process of growing acquires a very large and meaty cap. Fashionable or not, I love them because they are so big on flavor, especially when roasted, grilled or sautéed at high temperature.

Another reason to love them is that they are now available year-round: not only can they be found in just about every supermarket, they are also popping up at farmers’ markets… That is a real treat, because, in my book, there’s nothing better than a fresh mushroom.

Speaking of freshness, there are a few rules to observe when selecting mushrooms. First, avoid the prepackaged ones: especially when they are wrapped in plastic with no breathing holes. Mushrooms are alive! They will spoil very quickly when packaged this way, and acquire a very unpleasant smell and flavor. The best is to pick loose mushrooms with pale gills (the darker the gills, the older the mushroom).

Second, store them in the refrigerator, in a brown paper bag or in a dry bowl covered with a damp paper towel.

Another rule: do not wash or soak mushrooms in water. These fungi are like sponges; they will absorb liquid very quickly—and then, when you cook them, they will release this liquid and become rubbery… A paper towel or a mushroom brush is all that’s needed to brush off any particles found on them. (And by the way, those particles are not dirt, they are simply sterilized peat moss.)

Today’s recipe makes the best use of the deep and earthy flavor of these gorgeous mushrooms. Try to find hand-made mozzarella if you can… it’ll make these flatbread pizzas an even more irresistible treat!

Wine pairing: Paumanok Vineyards, Long Fork of Long Island, Cabernet Franc 2008

Flatbread pizza with baby portobello mushrooms and fresh herbs

Flatbread Pizza with Mozzarella, Baby Portobello Mushrooms and Fresh Herbs

serves 4
active time: 30 min

For the flatbreads

  1. 4 — 10″ flour or whole wheat tortillas
  2. 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil

For the baby Portobellos

  1. 2 fresh rosemary sprigs – leaves removed from stems
  2. 6 thyme sprigs – leaves removed from stems
  3. 4 oregano sprigs – leaves removed from stems
  4. 8 large sage leaves – leaves removed from stems
  5. 6 parsley sprigs – stems removed
  6. 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  7. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  8. 1 1/4 lbs (567g) baby Portobello mushrooms (or regular Portobellos) – stems removed at the base and cut in 1/2” cubes
  9. 4 large garlic cloves – skinned and finely chopped
  10. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  11. freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. 12 oz (340g) fresh mozzarella – cut in 1 1/2” x 1/4” slices
  2. 1/4 cup freshly grated Reggiano parmesan
  3. 12 large basil leaves cut en chiffonade ( 1/16” strips) or a handful of tinny basil leaves
  4. 2 large jellyroll pans – ungreased

  1. Step 1: Place rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage and parsley leaves on a board and finely chop. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Step 2: Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the oil, butter and Portobello cubes, toss well and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes until golden, tossing from time to time. Add garlic, chopped herbs, salt and pepper to taste and continue sautéing for 1 minute. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  3. Step 3: Preheat oven to 450°F. Lay 2 tortillas side by side on each pan and brush top side of each tortilla with olive oil. Top with the mozzarella slices and the mushrooms. Sprinkle the parmesan and extra salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Step 4: Bake until edges are golden brown and crisp, about 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer each pizza to a large plate, sprinkle with the basil en chiffonade or the tinny basil leaves, cut in 4 slices and serve immediately.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. February 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

This looks wonderful!


Maureen June 17, 2011 at 7:22 pm

What a wonderful treat! I think I’ll have to try this one today. Looks so yummy.


Donna Ford June 17, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Great recipe Viviane! I’ll make it for my family in California when I visit them in a few days. Thank you! Great photo!


Rosie Begley June 17, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Hi Viviane,
Hope this finds you both well!!
John’s the pizza maker in the family however I think I’ll surprise him with this—it looks, as do all your creations, divine!!!
All my best,


Donna Ford January 7, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Once again Viviane thank you for the education on Mushrooms. I’ve soaked them in water to clean them for years. I’ll do it your way from now on. Your flatbread pizza looks yummy!


Sandra's Easy Cooking March 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

Viviane, Thank you for the info about Portobello..I love them very much! Your flatbread pizza look amazing..I am thinking to make it today since it is so tempting and I am just imagining the taste:)) I am loving your photos!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!!


Viviane March 17, 2012 at 9:04 am

Thank you Sandra! Have a wonderful AND delicious weekend too…


Mary Ellen @ Pâte à Chew March 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

YUM! I love everything about this, especially the baby portobellos! And beautiful pictures!


RavieNomNoms March 16, 2012 at 10:50 am

This looks great! I love the mushrooms on top. SOOOO good!


Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having March 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I love Portobello’s, they have such great flavour. This recipe sounds wonderful!


Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) March 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

what a beautiful and flavorful pizza! i think we might try grilling this pizza next time we fire up the grill!


Viviane March 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Jenn and Seth, If you try this pizza on the grill then I suggest making pizza dough. I’m afraid the tortilla will not withstand the high heat… Thank you for stopping by… Bon appétit!


Lacy @ NYCityEats March 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

MMmmm this looks sooo good! The mushrooms are just popping out of your photos. Good tips too on the mushrooms, I never thought about them needing holes in the packaging. This is a really great recipe, wish I could jump into this screen.


Viviane March 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Thank you for your kind words Lacy!


Janet@FCTC March 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Viviane, this looks wonderful! I am addicted to any sort of mushroom and having them on pizza is a favorite already. The flatbread just takes this over the top :-)


Viviane March 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

From one mushroom addict to another… Thank you!


Parsley Sage March 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

Great recipe and really great tips! I adore mushrooms, I’ve only been eating them for about a year now but I put them in everything and by the sounds of it I’ve been treating them entirely wrong!



Viviane March 17, 2012 at 9:08 am

Parsley Sage… I’m so glad you are a mushroom convert – they are little jewels of mother nature. A million thanks for the buzz!


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