For this vegan caramelized onion pizza, the wow factor comes from shiitake mushroom “bacon.”
Caramelized onion pizza, often called pizza Niçoise, is a classic, for good reason — it’s incredibly delicious, with little further embellishment.
You can make almost anything taste (and smell) like bacon with just a few ingredients, and spare the poor animal. And even if these preparations don’t exactly remind you of bacon, the flavor and aroma are addictive in their own right — sweet, salty, and smoky. Anything you add your faux bacon to will be that much better.
My favorite ingredient to “baconize” is shiitake mushrooms! Their mouth feel and texture are so appealing. Once you make them for this pizza, you’ll want to make them again and again for other uses. They’re great in sandwiches and wraps, and used as a topping for simple pasta and grain dishes.