Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Tiziana Agnello
4 servings (serving size: 2 slices)

Truffle oil takes this pizza from fine to sublime. In a pinch, extravirgin olive oil will work, too.

How to Make It

Step 1

Dissolve the sugar and yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 1 1/4 cups flour and 1/4 teaspoon salt to yeast mixture, and stir until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel tacky).

Step 2

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 30 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; sprinkle with cornmeal. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough on prepared baking sheet. Crimp edges of dough with fingers to form a rim; let rise 10 minutes.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 475°.

Step 4

While dough rises, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and mushrooms, and cook 7 minutes or until mushrooms soften and moisture almost evaporates, stirring frequently.

Step 5

Sprinkle 1/4 cup fontina evenly over dough, and arrange the mushroom mixture evenly over fontina. Sprinkle with thyme; drizzle evenly with truffle oil. Sprinkle remaining fontina and Parmesan cheese evenly over top. Bake at 475° for 15 minutes or until crust is lightly browned. Remove to cutting board, and sprinkle with sea salt. Cut into 8 slices. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes

This recipe originally ran in Cooking Light May, 2004 and was updated for the November, 2012 25th anniversary issue.

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Ratings & Reviews

All who eat this love it

June 02, 2015
I've made this several times for my family, and I get many requests for repeats. I've done the dough from scratch several times and also tried refrigerated dough from Pillsbury and the deli case. I prefer making it from scratch, using newly purchased yeast each time. My parents had good luck with deli case dough, but I had mixed results with Pillsbury. The topping is delicious. Truffle oil makes it extra special. I usually double the amount of cheese, to include a good dose of shredded mozzarella. I will continue to make this, and have bookmarked it a a favorite.

August 30, 2016
And I would add caramelised onions, garlic and maybe pine nuts for a crunch.

ExplorerClub's Review

August 14, 2011
Quick (used a Trader Joe's pizza dough), Easy, Delish.

daRosario's Review

February 14, 2013

motpea's Review

January 17, 2009
I made this pizza soon after the recipe was published for a party appetizer. I don't particularly like mushrooms but was intrigued. Even bought truffle oil which was truffle-infused grapeseed oil and was never used again and went rancid later. But the pizza was very good, tasted nice, was served room temperature to mushroom lovers, so timing before the party was easy. Good reviews from them. Not messy to eat, and very fancy with the three different shrooms. And while I won't make this again for personal use, I'd definitely think about it for party time.

HelloPinky's Review

August 02, 2011
This recipe is SO easy and the outcome tastes SO gourmet! Instead of making the pizza dough, I just got fresh, store-bought wheat dough. No mess, less clean up, more time to EAT!!

patslp's Review

May 02, 2009
I made this for my husband's birthday; ideal! Plan to reuse it with company and include with my buffets. I used packaged pizza crust as I'm no good with yeast. Should have made two at one time and froze the other as think had ingredients for two. For 2/ had half left. So quick and easy. Mushrooms, truffle oil, thyme costly but so worth it. Very different for me which is what makes it so special!

bjane1's Review

September 24, 2011
This pizza was rated outstanding by our weekly Friday night pizza gathering. We had picked chanterelle mushrooms, so used those exclusively. Also sauted a leek along with the mushrooms and did not have truffle oil. Even those who dislike mushrooms on pizza liked this one!

JessicaJJM's Review

August 24, 2014
I liked it, but my husband did not. I wouldn't make it for company, but I would make it for myself again. Good combo of flavs, love the truffle oil! Easy to make also.

JimMarltonNJ's Review

December 07, 2012
Very good, we are out of Truffle Oil so we used a Tuscan Herb Olive Oil instead.