Monday, March 29, 2010
Shrimp Scampi Pizza
You have to look close, but those are indeed shrimp sticking up out of that bed of cheese!
First thing I did was make a Mediterranean Herb Pizza Dough (that post to come soon, but the Mediterranean Herb rub mix is on my sister site... A Kansas Foodie in the Virgin Islands)...
Lets make the scampi...
2 TBS Garlic infused Oil
2 TBS Butter
6 cloves Garlic (minced)
3/4 pound of tiny salad Shrimp
Heat the oil, melt the butter, sauté the garlic and add... wait, slow down... Sauté the garlic for about 5 minutes to get the garlic flavors intensified into the oil/butter mixture. The garlic/scampi flavor is in the oil, not the garlic.
Meanwhile, if like me you are using a bag of frozen shrimp, be sure they are thawed, and use a paper towel to dry them off. The shrimp will release moisture while you are cooking the pizza. Don't add to the danger f a potentially soggy pizza dough.
NOW, add the shrimp and sauté. Be sure to get all the pieces coated with the oil.
I made my own pizza dough, infused with a Mediterranean Herb rub mix. If you prefer, use one of the pre-made pizza rounds.
The dough I used needed to pre-cook for 10 minutes prior to adding the toppings. Remember, shrimp cooks very fast. I only want to cook the pizza with the shrimp added for an additional 10 minutes.
Add a layer of pizza sauce (I used a store bought)
I added a layer of provolone cheese
Then I added the shrimp. DO NOT spoon the extra sauce on. Sop it up with some bread if you like, it is very good, but do not add to the pizza. The dough will get soggy.
Then I top with a layer of Italian cheese mixture.
Finally, another TBS of Mediterranean Herb rub mix is sprinkled over the cheese...
350 degrees for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is nicely melted.
OMG... I made this for my wife on Friday. I am continuing to further the cause of Christ on Earth by making a fish course on Friday's during Lent.
I do not observe the season myself (well, I guess I do just cause I eat what she eats, but she gets more out of it than I do). However, I did a little checking. In the 50's, the church would make eating meat a mortal sin and you were doomed to hell (or at the least purgatory) if you had those ribs you wanted. But, thanks to the Vatican II conference of the early 60's, meat eating was no longer a mortal sin.
It does beg the question of what happened to those souls that ate meat during the time it was a mortal sin? But, in the end, it is probably a moot point, as the type of people who eat meat on Friday are likely to be the type of people who commit other sins and they end up in the same place.
But not my wife, thanks to this Shrimp Scampi Pizza!
Now I have to find that "tongue in cheek" humor font...