Shrimp Scampi Pizza

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Can't decide between seafood or pizza? This shrimp scampi pizza gives the best of both worlds, and it's a combination that really works. With a fresh lemony sauce, it will give you that classic cheese pizza with a refreshing twist. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, once the dough is made this pizza can be done in less than 30 minutes.

Time to get cooking!

The base for this pizza is a simple scampi sauce that comes together really quickly. Surprisingly, it's actually pretty light too! With just a little butter and olive oil, the most important parts of this sauce are the additions of white wine and lemon juice. Although you want to let the sauce simmer for a few minutes, I do suggest removing it from the heat before it reduces too much. No one likes a dry pizza, so it's important to make sure you have enough sauce to coat the pizza dough.

Cheese on pizza dough

For this recipe, I've found that the really small sized shrimp work great. Using 100/150 count, it was perfect for getting a little bit in each bite. Sometimes it's hard to find uncooked small shrimp in the grocery store. In my opinion, for this recipe it will work perfectly fine to use pre-cooked shrimp. You can add them on right before putting it in the oven and as long as you add a good amount you will still get all the flavor.

Shrimp scampi pizza

Now for the garnishes...

This pizza is really light tasting, but also super satisfying. Whether or not you usually like crushed red pepper or parsley, I strongly urge you to try a little. While you're at it, sprinkle on a little lemon zest. I know these flavors all seem strong on their own, but trust me, between the crust and cheese you will end up with a good balance.

Sliced shrimp scampi pizza

Below, you may see something that says "Servings: 4". Let it be known, if you find that this situation turned out more like "Servings: 1", you weren't the only one.

Shrimp Scampi Pizza

Lemony, garlicky, zesty, winey, cheesy and...shrimpy? The perfect shrimp scampi pizza for your average weeknight when you're craving an Italian classic.

Author:
Jackie

Ingredients

Servings: 4

Dough

  • ⅔ cup water warm
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil extra virgin

Pizza

  • 1 tsp polenta or cornmeal
  • 2 tsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp butter divided
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • pinch crushed red pepper optional
  • 4 ounces white wine dry
  • juice of half a lemon
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups mozzarella shredded, divided
  • ⅓ cup parmesan shredded
  • 6 ounces shrimp 100/150 count
  • lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped

Instructions

Dough

1. In a small bowl, combine warm (not hot) water, yeast and sugar. Place in a warm spot and allow the yeast to bloom, about 15 minutes.

2. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add the olive oil and yeast mixture and stir to combine. If you are using a mixer, use the dough hook attachment and knead the dough for 5-6 minutes, as it pulls away from the side of the bowl. If you are not using a mixer, you can also lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough by hand until smooth.

3. Place the dough into a lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for approximately 1 hour.

Pizza

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2. Lightly grease a pizza pan or rectangular cookie sheet. Sprinkle with the polenta or cornmeal. Stretch the pizza dough into a round or rectangular shape and lay onto the prepared pan. Flatten with a rolling pin if needed.

3. In a medium pan, heat the olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the chopped shallot and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for an additional minute until fragrant.

4. Add in the crushed red pepper if using. Stir to combine. Increase the heat to medium high and add the white wine. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.

5. Stir in the lemon juice and remaining tablespoon of butter until melted. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from heat. Spread sauce over prepared pizza dough.

6. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded mozzarella and the parmesan over the dough, then top with the shrimp. Add the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella. Transfer pizza to oven and cook for 10-12 minutes until crust is golden brown.

7. Remove from oven and top with additional crushed red pepper. Sprinkle with lemon zest and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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