Playing How to Make Wild Mushroom Flatbread With Pumpkin Seed Pesto by Josh Capon

Sauteed oyster mushrooms, shiitakes and creminis make this festive appetizer hearty and healthy.

Chef Capon recommends pairing it with the 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend—a fruit forward wine that’s versatile and goes well with a variety of dishes, so it’s great when you have a bunch of different appetizers.

14 Hands is part of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates.

Ingredients
For the Wild Mushroom Topping
  • ⅓ pound oyster mushrooms, stemmed, washed and sliced
  • ⅓ pound shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, washed and sliced
  • ⅓ pound cremini mushrooms, stemmed, washed and sliced
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
For the Pumpkin Seed Pesto
  • ½ cup spinach
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • ½ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili flake
  • 1 small clove garlic
For the Flatbread
  • 6 pocketless pitas
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Yield
Serves: 8
Preparation

For the mushrooms, heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and shallots, and cook until shallots are translucent. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Spread mushrooms evenly on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let cool to room temperature.   

Meanwhile, for the pesto, combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and process, using a spatula to scrape down the sides as needed.

For the flatbread, using a pastry brush, brush both sides of each pita with olive oil and grill on both sides or heat in a 400˚F oven for 3 to 4 minutes. Spread the pesto on the pita, then add the mushrooms, taking care to spread them evenly. Sprinkle with the crumbled feta cheese, sea salt and chopped thyme. Bake flatbread for an additional 6 minutes, then drizzle with olive oil just before serving.