Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas

  • Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas
  • Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas
Posted on January 28, 2015

Got snow? No? Well I have some that you can have. Come and get it.

Seriously. Please. I’ve got snow drifts measuring up to 7 feet.

I actually needed a shovel to shovel out my shovel. Does that make sense? I don’t know. The whole thing was pretty epic. Living on a island during a blizzard is certainly a test of ones nerves.

But the power stayed on and I passed the days with neighbors, friends, food and cocktails. So I can’t complain too much.

Before the blizzard hit, I made up these Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas. I knew they would be the perfect food to have on hand during the storm.

Also, I’ve been told that there is some kind of big eating and drinking day coming up soon in which people also watch football on television? Yeah. These pizzas would be perfect for that too.



Recipe for the dough from Ina Garten

Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas

Serves 6

Individual Meyer Lemon, Mushroom and Arugula Pizzas


  • For the Dough
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 2 packages (4 1/2 tsp.) active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3-4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt

  • For the Toppings
  • About 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 16 ounces mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1-2 Meyer lemons
  • 6 ounces gruyere cheese, shredded
  • 6 ounces fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3 cups arugula


  1. Make the pizza dough. In the bowl of your stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, combine the warm water, yeast, honey and olive oil on low speed until the yeast is dissolved. With the mixer on low, slowly add in 3 cups of the flour along with the salt. Once the mixture is well combined, start adding in additional flour, about 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough is soft and easily leaves the sides of the bowl. I used an additional 1/2 cup of flour. You won’t need more than 1 cup total.
  2. Mix the dough on medium speed for 10 minutes, pulling it down off the hook as necessary. Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it by hand a couple times, shaping it into a ball. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, turning the dough to coat it with oil on all sides. Cover the bowl loosely with a thin kitchen towel and let it rise in a warm place for 30 minutes.
  3. After 30 minutes, punch down the dough and use your hands to shape it into a disk. Divide the dough into 6 equal-sized pieces. Using your hands, shape each of the pieces into a ball and place them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Cover with a kitchen towel and let the dough rest for about 10 minutes.
  4. Pre-heat your oven to 500 degrees. Prepare the toppings while the dough rests.
  5. Heat a couples tablespoons of olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the sliced mushrooms and sauté, stirring frequently, until they have softened, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the thyme, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute more. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
  6. Trim and discard the ends of the Meyer lemons. Then very thinly slice the lemons, picking out and discarding any seeds you find. You’ll want 3-4 lemon slices per pizza.
  7. Assemble the pizzas. Using a rolling pin, roll out each dough ball on a floured surface into an approximate 8 X 4-inch oval. Transfer to a parchment-paper lined baking sheet (you’ll need two baking sheets here to fit all the dough). Brush the surface of the dough liberally with olive oil. Divide the cheeses evenly between each pizza, using approximately 1 ounce of each type per pizza. Top with the mushrooms and then 3-4 slices of the Meyer lemon. Transfer the pizzas to your pre-heated oven and bake for about 13-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the crust has browned in some places. Remove from the oven.
  8. In a medium bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the arugula and toss to coat. Top the pizzas with the arugula. Slice and serve immediately.


  • So pretty and fun! Just the thing to brighten up a snowy day 🙂


    • It was epic. I was glad to have these pizzas!

  • All of my favorite ingredients on top of a pizza! Love it, Liz! Such a great touch with the lemon. Sounds delicious!


    • Thanks, Gayle! All my favorites too! 🙂

  • If I were anywhere near you, I’d totally help you shovel your shovel so you could shovel. Good luck in the storm, galpal!


    • Thanks friend! I’m going to need lots of volunteers!

  • I love individual pizzas beause then I don’t have to share! I love the lemon and cheesy goodness. The addition of the fresh arugula is perfect!


    • Exactly! Sharing is for the birds!

  • I’ll be by with a dump truck in 20. We need all that snow you all have been hoarding! LOVE these pizza pies! They look so fresh and that arugula sounds sooo amazing!


    • I’ll be waiting for you! 🙂

  • I wouldn’t have expected lemon on pizza, but the combo of the lemon, mushroom, and peppery arugula sounds fantastic! Good luck digging out of all of that snow! 😉


    • The lemons plus arugula make for a nice, fresh tasting pizza! Thanks, Kristine!

  • How fun are these? Perfect for the big game too.


    • Oh very fun! 🙂

  • This has been the craziest year for weather! We should have feet of snow right now and we have zilch. In fact it was 71 degrees here last Sunday!!! I’m up for the trade. 🙂

    I absolutely love the flavor combination of this. Truly some of my favorite things!


    • Are you SURE you want to trade…:-)

  • You poor, poor girl! You are trapped in that snow! However, with all the food and beverage involved, I kind of wish I was stuck there to! And please tell me why you have so much snow, yet it is 57 in Colorado today?! Say whhhaaattt!


    • I’ll gladly ship you some!! I like snow, but this is a bit ridiculous!

  • yeah I can’t believe the crazy weather that MA and the east coast is getting!! I’m wondering if it’s going to make it’s way over to the midwest anytime soon?! anyway, glad the power stayed on and you had good company. . and good eats too apparently!!! love this pizza!!! the fresh arugula is how I always eat my pizza too!!


    • I just love topping my pizza with salad! Also, I will happily send you some snow!

  • I love fresh greens on pizza – especially the peppery bite of arugula. Adding meyer lemons and mushrooms makes it just perfect. Looking forward to trying your recipe.


    • Thanks, Geraldine! Let me know how you like it!

  • So my kind of pizza! I have some arugula that I’ve been trying to use and this is the perfect recipe!


    • Yeah! Let me know how it comes out, Tori!

  • Yeast and I are on a break right now. I’ve been playing around with bread dough for 2X days straight and it’s not rising for me. I made it first time and it was perfect but not two other times. Ugggrrrr….but your pizza looks delish 🙂


    • Oh I hate when stuff like that happens! Sending you good baking vibes!

  • We haven’t had any snow this winter, that’s crazy that you got so much! I love this pizza, so fun and it looks so fresh too! Pinned 🙂


    • Thanks, Danielle. Yeah this was our first real storm. It’s nuts!

  • Oh, my dear! Seven foot drifts? For real? I am so sorry! We thought we were going to get a lot here in the Philadelphia area but it ended up not amounting to more than a foot. I’m glad that you didn’t lose power, at least! And you were surrounded by friends and good food like this gorgeous pizza. It looks like a ray of sunshine 🙂 Stay warm my friend!


    • Thanks, Allie. Yes, I heard that Philly didn’t get much. I guess we got it all!

  • I love the flavors here…all of them! And homemade pizza dough is the best thing ever. Sorry about all the snow out that way. You’re getting snowed in and we can’t get anymore rain here in CA! Talk about polar opposites!


    • I wish I could send some your way, Marcie!

  • No snow here and I don’t need any, thank you! Awesome looking pizza though!


    • Ha ha! Ok, I’ll keep it to myself then Trish!

  • SEVEN FEET. Girl, I would be freaking out. Glad to hear you’re okay, though!! And that you have these pizzas to keep you warm. Such fun toppings!


    • Yeah it’s nuts. I’m never going to get out of here! I’ll have to snuggle up with pizzas for the rest of my life.

  • These pizzas look amazing! I love the lemon and arugula combo!


    • Thanks, Amanda!

  • A shovel to get out your shovel??? No way Liz! Glad you made it out ok!


    • I think “made it out” is being used loosely here! I’ve got days of shoveling left! Ahhhh!!

  • This is my kind of pizza right here. I love when the vegetables are the centerpiece and not drowning in cheese! Sounds perfect for the second bout of snow we’re getting here in New England – hope you are managing okay with the latest storm!


    • Thanks, Steph! Tomorrow will be another day of shoveling!

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