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!'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)
Fresh Garlic
Olive oil
Shrimp - see how to prepare below
Fresh Flat leaf Italian parsley
Prepared Pesto
Ricotta Cheese
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'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'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!!!!!!!!!!
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Lea Ann (Highlands Ranch Foodie) said...

I've heard rumors that Colorado is FInally getting a Trader Joes.

Unknown said...

Pizza + Shrimp scampi = HEAVEN!!!

Big Dude said...

What Jenn said. According to their website, there is a store in Knoxville to which I've not been - sounds like a good day trip for Bev and I.

Unknown said...

If you're close to one - it is a fun day trip! (if the have wine there it's even better!)

In the frozen section worth getting: Shrimp and/or vegetable Goyoza, Orange Madarin Chicken, my kids love their turkey and their small beef meatballs....they have tons!

let's see...they have lots of fun breads and jarred spreads and dips like olive bruschettas, artichoke spread, red pepper spread, pesto.

The yogurt is awesome! I love the organic basmati rice....well you get the idea, I could go on and if I haven't already ;)

Unknown said...

sorry - didn't SPELL CHECK THAT LAST comment! Was too excited ;)

Mostly Food and Crafts said...

Yum! This look awesome! I wanted to let you know that I featured this on my "What I Bookmarked This Week" post today - stop by and see!

Katerina said...

I am one of the unfortunates, no Trader Joe in Greece. But now I can sure try this pizza that looks absolutely delicious and I will not be an unfortunate anymore!

Karen said...

Your pizza looks fantastic, but what I really want to know is why haven't I seen lavash at my Trader Joe's??? LOVE lavash. I think I need to peek into a few other Trader Joe's and see what I can find.

Katie said...

I am one of those "unfortunates" I'm dieing to have my first TJ experience! This flatbread looks to die for!