There’s a little song by the band Cinderella that’s called “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone.” (Stop judging me for my encyclopedic knowledge of hair metal! Every rose has its thorn.) And when it comes to restaurants, my husband and I didn’t know how good we had it in Madison until we moved to Raleigh.
It’s not that Raleigh doesn’t have good restaurants–we’ve found a few. But it doesn’t seem like there are as many, or at least not as many with creative vegetarian offerings. And I find myself missing a lot of my favorites from Wisconsin. I’ve been trying to recreate some of these dishes myself, and I’ve had some hits and some misses. Despite this whole food blogging thing, I’m not very good at recreating foods I’ve tasted elsewhere–even when my recreation tastes good, it always misses the mark slightly when it comes to duplicating the original flavors.
This recipe is one of those recreations–it’s a combination of a potato and walnut puree pizza from one restaurant and a truffle oil and mushroom pizza from another restaurant. Rather than using traditional crust, I made this pizza using whole grain naan. I like making pizzas on naan when I don’t have the time to mess with dough–the key is to make sure any veggies you add to your pizza are cooked beforehand because you need to heat your naan at a lower temperature than you’d cook a pizza made with raw dough.
Like everything else I try to re-create, this Wild Mushroom & Potato Pizza isn’t exactly like the original potato and mushroom pizzas I modeled it after. But it’s pretty good in its own right–good enough that it’s become one of our favorites. (We’ve made it three times already!)
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