I don’t think I’ll ever tire of trying new combinations of pizza toppings. Both in our kitchen or out at a restaurant, it keeps pizza night interesting. This is my first time putting shrimp on a pizza at home. I had it once in a restaurant and I really enjoyed it. Though this pizza is really nothing like the restaurant version I had, it was wonderful. I was sort of flying by the seat of my pants when I threw this together and honestly I was unsure if all the flavors would mesh well. What I ended up with was a pizza so good, it rivals the chicken ranch pizza and spinoccoli for becoming my favorite. I’m always a bit wary of dishes combining shrimp and cheese because I’ve made some that really did not work, but this more than worked…this was fabulous. The roasted red pepper really made this, in my opinion. You can roast your own pepper or use the jarred kind. And as with most spicy dishes, you can easily adjust the seasonings here according to your personal preference and heat tolerance. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did!
Yield: 1 12 to 14-inch pizza
Olive oil, for brushing
1/3 cup pizza sauce
½ lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tsp. olive oil
Cajun seasoning, to taste
1 oz. grated Romano cheese
2-3 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 small red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and chopped
¼ cup red onion, chopped
¼ cup chopped green onions
Preheat the oven and a pizza stone at 500˚ F for at least 30 minutes. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round. Lightly brush the surface of the dough with olive oil. Top with a thin layer of pizza sauce leaving a clear perimeter around the edge for the crust.
Combine the shrimp, olive oil and Cajun seasoning in a bowl and toss until the shrimp are well coated with the seasoning. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Place the shrimp in the pan in a single layer and cook briefly, turning once, just until the shrimp are just opaque. Remove from the heat and transfer the shrimp to a plate to cool slightly.
Meanwhile, sprinkle the Romano and mozzarella cheeses evenly over the pizza dough. Top with roasted red pepper, red onion, and green onions. Evenly distribute the cooked shrimp over the pizza. Sprinkle the pizza with additional Cajun seasoning, if desired.
Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving.