Thursday, February 23, 2012
Thin Crust Shrimp Scampi Pizza ~ If you're a Trader Joe's fan, you'll LOVE this one!
At first glance this pizza may look dry to you, but trust me when I say it's anything but! It's light, crispy, fun, and POSITIVELY delicious!!! Keep costs down by replacing the shrimp with sauteed broccoli and garlic...or leave the toppings off all together and simply go with cheese!
Now...here's where some of you will like me and some of you will not. My Super Thin Crust Shrimp Scampi Pizza was made almost entirely with ingredients I picked up at Trader Joe's.
If you're one of the, "unfortunates" (with no Trader Joe's), the pizza can obviously be made by gathering the ingredients elsewhere...or go crazy and make it entirely from scratch.
Here's what you'll need...followed by the How To:
Lavash Flat Bread ($1.99 at TJ's) and what makes the lovely crust! (see below)
Shrimp - see how to prepare below
Fresh Flat leaf Italian parsley
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Red Pepper flakes (optional)
To Prepare Pesto/Ricotta Mixture:
Take Prepared pesto and Ricotta Cheese and mix together in a bowl until it looks beautiful and tastes delicious! Set aside.
To Prepare the Shrimp:
Take raw, peeled and deveined shrimp and marinate in a bit of olive oil, crushed garlic, touch of salt and pepper for at least 10 minutes.
Heat a pan over medium-high heat.
Add shrimp to hot pan and flash cook about 3 minutes (the shrimp do not have to be cooked all the way as they will finish cooking in the oven.)
Remove from the pan and once cool enough, chop up the shrimp.
Now let's make the Pizza:
(I know this looks like a lengthy process but trust me...it's simple, simple, simple!)
Place a pizza stone or cookie sheet in the middle of your oven and preheat to 425.
Once it's reached temperature, place a plain piece of Lavash Flat Bread onto the stone or sheet and cook for 2 minutes.
Carefully remove the Lavash Flat Bread from the oven and place on a flat surface.
(*Note: the bread when cooked almost turns into a chewy but delicate cracker consistency, so when topping just be sure not to press too hard or it will crack - that said - it can handle A LOT of toppings...it's soooo good!!!!)
Take a garlic clove that's been cut in half and gently rub one side of the bread with the exposed fresh garlic - all over the bread.
Brush entire bread with olive oil, not soaking it but a nice coating.
Spread your pesto ricotta mixture liberally over the top.
Place desired amount of prepared shrimp over the top.
Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over the top.
Chop up some fresh flat leaf parsley and throw onto the pizza.
Add some crushed red pepper flakes if you desire a bit of heat.
Drizzle Pizza with a bit more olive oil.
Place pizza back in the preheated oven and cook an additional 2-3 minutes or until the edges look crispy and browned.
Carefully remove pizza from the oven.
Add fresh shaved Parmesan as a garnish if desired.
Let sit a minute or two, then cut with a pizza cutter. MAKE A FEW OF THESE TONIGHT ~ THEY'RE THAT GOOD!!!!!!!!!!