Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Here is a great, easy and delicious homemade pizza that’s quick to make and is completely cheese-less (unless, of course, you want to add some yourself).

You’ll need:

  • Pizza dough (you can buy this directly from your local pizzaria or use a store bought ready-made pizza crust like Boboli)
  • Half a pound of  uncooked, cleaned medium-sized shrimp
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
  • 1 small onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 tblspn fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tblspn olive oil
  • salt & pepper

If you’ve gotten your pizza dough from the pizzaria you’ll need to create the classic round shape. If you’ve ever seen your local pieman do it, you start by first flattening the dough on a clean flat surface, such as a cutting board or stone countertop. Using your fingertips, press down on the dough, pushing it outward in a circular pattern to begin stretching it into a larger circular shape. You might want to have a little flour on hand to prevent sticking. Once the dough is about 12 inches round, you can pick it up and, using your fists, begin to stretch it outwards even further until the dough is stretched to about 18 inches or so. You might not get it on the first try, the dough can easily rip. But you can try again a couple of times before the dough starts to dry out. You can also use a rolling pin if you’re not as daring. And of course, a pre-made pizza crust can be used, but it’s not as fun and usually not as good since it’s already baked. Lay the dough on a sheet of foil.

Butterfly the shrimp by simply slicing them lengthwise and lay them onto your pizza dough. Sprinkle the garlic and onions evenly over the dough. Drizzle the olive oil over the top and sprinkle with parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.

That’s it! Bake in a 425º oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

This is terrific hang food. Even if you’re just hanging around the kitchen. Goes great with both wine and beer.

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