Top This: Shiitake Pie (à la Co.)

Top This

Learn how to work a new topping onto your pies.

The Shiitake Pie at Co. (bread man Jim Lahey's Chelsea pizzeria) is an unusual little number, with a walnut and caramelized onion spread forming the base for shiitake mushrooms. But one bite and you'll find that the tastes and textures of this cheeseless pie are supremely harmonious. The sweet onions and rich, nutty walnuts come together to form something similar in texture to ricotta. Top that with rosemary, bold, smoky shiitake mushrooms (or try it with Hen of the Woods), and herbaceous branch lettuce and you've got yourself one make-at-home-worthy pizza. Just click through the slideshow to find out how!

What You'll Need (for one pizza)

  • 1 dough portion (Jim Lahey-style, of course)
  • 2 cups walnuts, untoasted
  • 4 yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Shiitake mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • Branch lettuce*
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil

*Branch lettuce is a wild green that grows in early Spring. Branch lettuce may be difficult to find out of season, but fear not, this pizza tastes great even without the delectable green. Try dandelion greens as a substitute.