What I may not have mentioned is that my parents spend Oscar night at a party in New York City thrown by friends of theirs, one of whom is an actual voting member of the Academy (this is simultaneously less cool and more cool than it sounds). However, I have set aside all feelings of jealousy. I do not require a party thrown in the city that never sleeps; I do not require a fancy guest list (or in fact, any guest list). So long as my food is better, I have won. And since I know they had standard issue delivery pizza, I win. Because my pizza was soooo good. The nutty gruyere was balanced by the gooey mozzarella, the mushrooms sauteed with garlic and oh, the duck. The sweet, scrumptious duck. The heavenly crispy duck cracklings. Now who's jealous?
OSCAR NIGHT PIZZA
1/3 recipe of dough
8 oz assorted mushrooms (I used a prepacked blend of shiitake, baby bella and oyster mushroom)
1 T olive oil
2 t balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 store-bought fully cooked duck half - see below
1 1/2 T hoisin sauce
1 1/2 C grated mozzarella
1 C grated gruyere
salt and pepper
|Store bought duck - you don't need quite this much, but there's no harm in leftovers.|
Heat up the duck as directed on the package. Remove the skin, and cut the rest into bite sized bits. Toss the bits with 1 1/2 T hoisin and set aside. Increase the oven temperature to 450 F. Take the skin and slice it into 1/4" strips. Place the skin on foil, sprinkle with salt and pop in the oven for about 5-10 minutes or until crispy. Set these duck cracklings aside (really, they are SO good). Rinse your mushrooms off. Chop them into smallish pieces. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil to medium. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Then add the mushrooms and cook until soft. This should take 5-8 minutes. You want them tender. Add the balsamic and some salt and pepper (taste to see how much you need). Set the mushrooms aside. In another bowl mix your mozzarella and gruyere.
Roll out your dough. I usually sprinkle some cornmeal on the bottom of the pan I'm using to make the pizza, so do that, then transfer your dough. Top it with the cheese mixture. Then even sprinkle the mushrooms over, then then duck bits and finally the cracklings. Cook at 425 or 450 for about 7-8 minutes depending on how done you like the crust.