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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Shiitake and Japanese Herbs Pizza

I was not sure if this recipe would turn out good. Mixing up Japanese flavors (teriyaki, japanese herbs) with Italian, hum… However, it turned out really well. The Japanese herbs came from my Aerogarden. You can use spinach instead. I need to review Japanese cooking, as I am going to start giving my friend Shelley some lessons on traditional Japanese ingredients!

Shiitake and Japanese Herbs Pizza

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon sake
1/2 tablespoon mirin
1 teapoon brown sugar
8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, coarsely chopped
1 store bought whole wheat pizza crust
olive oil spray

1 cup coarsely grated mozzarella cheese
2 ounces chilled soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
1 - 2 cup raw Japanese herbs (crisantemum, mitsuba) or cooked, drained spinach

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small pan. Turn the heat to very low. Add soy sauce, sake, mirin, brown sugar. Stir well. Add mushrooms and toss to coat well.

Spray pizza dough with olive oil; top with the Japanese herbs, sprinkle with mozzarella. Top with mushrooms, then dot with goat cheese.
Cook according to pizza package instructions.


  1. Wow, that pizza looks delicious. I'm going to have to try that. I love shitake mushrooms but have never tried it on pizza. You can also try marinating shitake mushrooms with tri-tip in teriyaki sauce (like Yoshida's) and grill that up.

  2. Hi NMOS, grilling the mushrooms seems like a great idea! I am glad you like the recipe! Mi