Thursday, February 17, 2011

Shrimp Scampi Pizza

I spent the entirety of yesterday pajama-ed and in bed. While I worked. And it rained and other people had to commute. The only negative involved booting Henry the MBP into Windows XP so I could do that work. It saddens me to taint my dear computer so.

Clearly working at home twice a week is agreeing with me.

Anyway, you should all know by now that I absolutely adore garlic. Like, I would eat 10 cloves of garlic in one sitting if given the chance. What you don't know is that one of my favorite things to eat when I was younger was shrimp scampi over pasta. My dad would sauté a bunch of garlic in olive oil and butter and then serve it up over noodles. It also absolutely required a side of cheesy garlic bread, because carbs clearly go well with garlic. No vegetables needed.

I decided to make this childhood favorite a little bit more grown up by turning it into a pizza. 'Cause you know, pizza is very adult. And though I am a huge vegetable fan--spinach belongs in everything--I decided not to dilute the intense garlicky flavor I was going for. Don't worry though--I ate salad and squash with dinner.

I thought I was pretty brilliant with this whole Shrimp Scampi Pizza magig, but it turns out a sub-par pizza chain makes something similar. I will however let you know that my pizza is full of fresh garlic and herbs, big succulent shrimp, and high-quality cheese. I do pizza hardcore, yo.

Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Tops a 12" pizza

5 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
kosher salt
ground black pepper
dried oregano
olive oil

6 raw shrimp, sized 31/35
1 shallot, diced
3 Tbsp. cilantro, minced
1/4 cup mozzarella, shredded
1/8 cup shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 450F.

1. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil in a sauté pan. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, but not browned.

2. Add chicken stock, wine and lemon juice. Simmer until reduced to about 1/4 to 1/3 cup.

3. Add the butter. Season with salt, pepper and oregano, to taste.

4. Slice the shrimp lengthwise and dip in garlic sauce. Set aside.

5. Brush pizza with olive oil, and then cover middle with all of the garlic sauce. Sprinkle with half the cilantro. Bake 8-10 minutes, until just starting to brown.

6. Pull out pizza and cover with mozzarella. Lay down shrimp slices and then cover with parmesan/asiago. Sprinkle with shallots.

7. Put back in oven and cook until cheese is melted and shrimp are visibly pink. Try not to overcook--rubbery shrimp are unappetizing.

8. Pull from oven, and let cook slightly. Before slicing, sprinkle with the rest of the cilantro.


Angie's Recipes said...

This looks super! Look how much seafood you put there on tone pizza! I love it.

Jean said...

I'm usually a Margherita or plain pepperoni girl but since I've been on a pizza kick, I'm loving this one, too. It's a pasta dish, only with pizza. I like it--I like it a lot!

Cathy @ ShowFoodChef said...

Wow, that shrimp is leaping off the screen and I swear I can alllllllmost smell the garlic. Looks fabulous!

Trish said...

Wish this rain would go away already :0 I, too, am a garlic fanatic. This pizza looks amazing. Love how it's scampi atop a pie. Yummm.

kita said...

I've always been weary of shrimp on pizza. I love both but Im a texture freak and haven't convinced myself to try it, yet. But this does look super yummy. Maybe I need to build a bridge and try this.

ravienomnoms said...

I would never have thought to put shrimp on pizza! Sounds good though

Jenny @ Savour the Senses said...

I have been on a pizza bender this week (posts coming soon), but this might be one of the greatest pizza combinations yet. I am definitely going to have to make this one as well!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

What a great looking pizza! Unique and tasty! Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

Victoria said...

I love shrimp scampi too! My mom would serve it with rice since she's not much of a pasta person. I've seen shrimp scampi pizza done before, but haven't tried it myself. Looks really delicious though :)

Jackie said...

All I'm seeing these days are pizza recipes... and they're actually making me want to eat pizza. What is this madness!

Got any of this leftover to bring and share tomorrow? :D

Jax x

Julie ( said...

Now that looks good!

Feast on the Cheap said...

Mmm, CPK better watch out!

Monet said...

Garlic...shrimp...cheese...yes, my dear, you have me sold! This looks like the best dinner I've seen all week (and I've seen quite a few!) Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a relaxing and happy Sunday!

Shari said...

I think this post looks FANTASTIC! I love, love, love garlic - sometimes I blog post after post about garlic (and then I think, omg my followers are probably like - get over garlic). But I can't garlic is AMAZING...and this post is FANTASTIC!

Shari from

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I envy you for having a job that allows you to work from home from time to time. I would totally spend the day baking and yes, making this pizza. Lot the topping....yes, even the garlic (which is always fantastic on pizza!) Enjoy the long weekend!

Rosy said...

I love being able to work from home from time to time. I feel like I get so much more done... This pizza is a great idea for when you're working from home.

stephchows said...

I'm in love, sprimp scampi was also a staple in my childhood diet. Adding it to pizza is genius!

angi said...

Dude I still think you're quite brilliant! Sub-par pizza chain, eat your heart out!

Chef Dennis said...

Shrimp scampi pizza has always been a favorite of mine, you did such a great job with yours!
I need to make this for my wife she will love it!

Tastemonials said...

I am behind in my reading - congratulations on the job and welcome to the Bay Area. I have never heard of any gatherings here, so if you do, please let me know. I'm in Cupertino.

karmaperdiem said...

I think I know what my next homemade pizza is going to be!!! :-) Lisa

Medifast Side Effects said...

What a mouth-watering looking pizza. I love seafood on a pizza, just gives it a bit of class, well maybe not but still sure looks great.

Jamie said...

Wow does this look fabulous! Everything about it! Plump juicy shrimp, garlicky sauce and gorgeous crust. And I am so sure that yours is head and shoulders above any chain pizza! Simply perfect. Now this is what I want for dinner tonight!

Diane {Created by Diane} said...

Looks so delicious!

Joy, The Herbed Kitchen said...

Sub-par pizza chain be damned. Your pizza is kick ass. I think if Bubs ever saw this he'd run away from home to find you. Child likes his shrimp.

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