This truffle pizza gets a luxury makeover with the addition of one special ingredient: truffle oil! Combined with garlic, mozzarella, and parmesan, it’s a pizza that tops all others.
True pizza connoisseurs know one thing to be true: you can never really have bad pizza. Sure, some are exponentially worse than others, but pizza is pizza, and even the worst pizza is better than no pizza.
Well, today, you don’t have to worry about bad pizza ever again, because we’re making the most incredible fresh truffle pizza that you’ll ever try.
This thing is absolutely loaded with flavor by using an olive oil base, two types of cheese, garlic, and of course, truffles. Make it your own with a few ingredient variation options, and go for either a soft or crispier crust depending on what you like!
What does truffle pizza taste like?
To know what fresh truffle pizza tastes like, you have to know how a truffle tastes! Truffle mushrooms are earthy-tasting mushroom-like fungi. Their flavor is more concentrated than mushrooms in a garlic-y sort of way, and they make a great addition to savory or salty dishes. In short, they taste incredible on this pizza. When the truffle taste mixes with the dough, mozzarella, mushrooms, and garlic, it’s like a flavor party!
What is fresh truffle pizza made of?
Black truffle pizza is made “white sauce” style with olive oil and cheese (i.e. we’re skipping tomato sauce). The reason we go this route with ingredients is because these are all “milder” tasting, so they work well with the intense flavor of the truffles!
- Olive Oil: First up, you will need 2 tablespoons of olive oil, divided. We’ll use part for cooking the mushrooms, and part for spreading on the dough.
- Mushrooms: Next, use 8 oz of sliced mushrooms. I used button because they’re easy, but there are other options too! Check out this post all about mushrooms for ideas.
- Garlic: Add flavor with 2 cloves of minced garlic. You can use ½ teaspoon of garlic powder if you don’t have fresh cloves.
- Pizza Dough: As for the pizza dough, any 12 inch dough will do. If you’re an overachiever you can make your own with this easy homemade pizza dough recipe!
- Mozzarella Cheese: Start the cheese party with 1 cup of shredded mozzarella. Mozz is often used for pizza, but its subtle flavor tastes particularly delicious with the truffle oil.
- Parmesan Cheese: Pair the mozzarella with ¼ cup of shredded parmesan, which brings loads of savory, salty flavor!
- Truffle Oil: Finally, add the truffle flavor by drizzling 1 tablespoon over the pizza before serving. A little bit goes a long way! (Here’s how to make your own truffle oil!)
- Optional: Sprinkle on fresh truffle pieces or slices for extra flavor. You can’t go wrong with this step!
When it comes to the mushrooms, feel free to use what you have or what you like! I like to use button mushrooms, but other varieties have their pros too. Button mushrooms are easy to find, shiitake taste really great, oyster mushrooms are a fun and unique addition, and wild mushrooms are always a winner (though they can be harder to find).
How to make Truffle Pizza
The most labor-intensive part of this recipe involves cooking the mushrooms. That is to say, it’s a very easy process! We’ll start by cooking the mushrooms over medium heat with the garlic, and then we’ll assemble the pizza and bake. Be sure to add your preferred garnishes after baking and before serving to really maximize the flavor.
Step 1: Prep the oven
To begin, place a pizza stone (if you have one) in the oven. Preheat the oven and pan to 500ºF (260ºC). This is going to ensure maximum crispiness for our crust!
Step 2: Cook the mushrooms
Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and the garlic. Cook until the mushrooms sweat out their moisture and begin to turn golden brown and crispy.
Step 3: Assemble the pizza
Roll the pizza dough out onto parchment paper, and brush the top with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Sprinkle on the cheeses, then top with the cooked mushrooms. Carefully slide the parchment paper and pizza onto the preheated pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.
Step 4: Add oil and serve
Finally, drizzle truffle oil on the pizza right before serving. Optionally top with thinly grated fresh truffle for even more flavor and fanciness!
What type of truffles are best for pizza?
When it comes to black vs. white truffles, black tend to have a more intense flavor while white truffles are a bit subdued. Certain dishes therefore work better with white or black depending on the ingredients!
Pizza is a recipe that has a lot of flavor on its own, so by using these ingredients (like white sauce, muted cheese, etc.) it can withstand the intensity of black truffles. Recipes with milder flavors (like popcorn) are better with white truffle ingredients!
Truffle pizza recipe tips
Here are two important tips to help you achieve the perfect pizza:
- Add truffle oil after baking: Truffle oil has a very delicate flavor, and baking can ruin it! Instead, use an olive oil prior to baking, and finish with the truffle oil before serving. This will ensure the freshest, most noticeable flavor.
- Achieve an extra crispy bottom: For a crispy pizza, sprinkle the parchment paper with cornmeal before rolling out the dough.
Truffle pizza variations
You can absolutely add to the flavor of your pizza by including fresh truffle pieces on top. Take a peek at the photos — that’s what I did! And I can promise you, it was tasty.
Another option is to use burrata cheese, which is an ultra-creamy soft cheese, similar to buffalo mozzarella.
Lastly, you can use an Alfredo sauce as a thicker white sauce base! This is a great option if you like a bit more sauce on your pizza or don’t want a pizza as cheese heavy.
Recipes to pair with pizza
I recommend pairing fresh truffle pizza with a veggie dish to offset the dough or an equally carb-loaded option worthy of a true pizza party! Here are some of my favorite pairing options.
- Salad: Pizza and salad is a classic combo. Great options include Vegetarian Caesar, Thai Cucumber, or Rudy’s Sunshine Salad!
- Greens: If you want your greens in a non-salad style, go with Asparagus, One Pan Roasted Broccoli, or Sautéed Collard Greens!
- Carb Load: Enjoy all of the savory flavors by pairing your pizza with Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks, Buffalo Mushroom Poppers, or Seitan Wings!
- 2 Tbsp olive oil divided, 30 mL
- 8 oz sliced button mushrooms 226 g
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 12-inch pizza dough 30 cm
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 56 g
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese 28 g
- 1 Tbsp truffle oil 15 mL
- Optional: fresh truffle
- Preheat: Place a pizza stone (if you have one) in the oven. Preheat oven and pan to 500°F (260°C).
- Cook Mushrooms: In a large saute pan, heat 1 Tbsp of the oil over medium heat. Add sliced mushrooms and garlic, cooking until mushrooms sweat out their moisture and begin to turn golden brown and crispy, about 10 minutes.
- Assemble: Roll out pizza dough onto parchment paper, brushing the top with remaining 1 Tbsp of oil. Sprinkle with cheeses, then top with your cooked mushrooms. Carefully slide the parchment paper and pizza onto your preheated pizza pan, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
- Serve: Drizzle truffle oil over pizza right before serving, optionally topping with thinly grated fresh truffle.
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