Oyster Mushroom and Sausage Pizza with Balsamic Reduction

I don't know about your house, but pizza is always a welcome dinner here, even when I experiment with flavors. Tonight, I had a fresh flush of oyster mushrooms to utilize, and could think of nothing better to showcase their flavors than to lay them out on a bed of pizza yumminess.

This recipe is based on a pizza that my mom and I used to share on visits to a run-down mountain pizzeria. The original was made with tender bites of chicken and blue cheese instead of the sausage I've used here.

To make the balsamic reduction, place two parts balsamic vinegar and one part tomato paste in a saucepan, and simmer until it reduces to a syrupy consistency. Adjust the acidity with salt and a pinch of sugar, if necessary; it should taste sweet-tart.

Top pre-baked crust (gluten intolerant? try my chestnut flour pizza crust) with a thin layer of balsamic reduction, followed by browned italian sausage crumbles, sauteed mushroom, finely diced raw shallots, rosemary, and mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese melts and oozes.

If you'd like to read more about our adventures in growing edible mushrooms, please see these posts - The Alien Ball, and Mushroom Cultivation.


  1. Well, the pizza part sound yummy especially with gluten-free (and corn, dairy, egg free) crust! Not sure about the oysters though....might stick to chicken and pineapple for the kiddos. :)

  2. Oysters!?! Yikes! No oysters on this pizza, just oyster mushrooms. I don't think I could get away with serving oyster pizza here. As it was, I had to call the balsamic reduction "tomato jam" because someone has an aversion to the word vinegar.

  3. He he! Yes, I think I skipped over the word 'mushroom'. I did wonder. I like the Tomato Jam wording... I think I'll borrow that one myself. :)

  4. Sometimes I think the easiest way around picky eaters is creative wording. I have one in the house who thinks he hates curry. So, when I make a curry, I use a formula for naming it - pick an asian country + the word spicy or spiced + name of meat. When I made green curry the other night, I simply called it spicy Thai chicken, and everyone loved it.

    I've also passed off golden raisins as apple chunks.


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