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  • Mushrooms On Naan pizza

    Nigella uses jarred mushroom antipasto in her Naan Pizza recipe. However it is difficult to find them in the Philadelphia area. Do you have a recipe you can suggest. Not as easy as opening a jar, but I am willing to make the time for a great result. Will you help? Thanks.

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Naan Pizza (from Nigella Express and on the Nigella website) uses jarred mushroom antipasto mainly for convenience. The jars of mushrooms are a good store cupboard standby and using them means that the pizza can be assembled in a matter of minutes.

    To make the antipasto you would start by either salting or blanching the mushrooms and then marinating them in herbs, garlic and oil (and sometimes a little vinegar). If you have a local Italian deli then they may sell the mushrooms from a deli counter. Mushrooms a la Greque would be similar and you may find these at a good deli.

    Unfortunately Nigella does not have a recipe for marinated mushrooms. However you could use sliced and sauteed mushrooms as an alternative. You will need about 8 ounces (225g/2 cups, sliced) raw mixed mushrooms. Saute them in olive oil mixed with a clove of minced garlic. At the end add a little chopped fresh parsley and/or thyme. Nigella's recipe for Mushrooms on p336 of How To Eat would also be a good recipe to use.

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