Grilled Pizzas with Leeks, Asparagus, and Mushrooms

A drizzle of truffle oil just before serving elevates this pizza's ingredients -- asparagus, leeks, shiitake mushrooms, and Taleggio cheese -- even further.

  • Yield: Makes 6 nine-inch pizzas

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2004


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  • 2 medium leeks, halved lengthwise, cut into thin half-moons, and rinsed well
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 8 ounces thin asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Pizza Dough for Grilled Pizzas
  • 4 ounces Taleggio or other soft cheese (such as Camembert or Brie), sliced
  • Truffle oil, for drizzling (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add leeks; cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook until tender and juices have evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the asparagus and wine; cook until asparagus is bright green and wine has evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in thyme; season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Heat a grill until medium-hot. Generously brush one side of pizza dough with olive oil; grill, oiled side down, until underside is golden brown and top begins to bubble, 3 to 5 minutes. Quickly brush top with olive oil; flip crust. Top with a thin layer of cheese and some of the asparagus mixture. Grill until cheese is just melted, topping is hot, and crust is cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes more.

  3. Slide pizza with a large spatula onto a cutting board. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with more thyme, and with a small amount of truffle oil, if desired. Repeat to make more pizzas.


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