This is a brand new take on pizza, in a recipe where Cajun accents merge with Italian cuisine. You can use any kind of prebaked crust or even make your own dough if you have a recipe you prefer to use. The sauce you use is also your choice. While marinara is a good choice, you might prefer to use tomato concentrate, something creamy or even a light coating of oil with minced garlic in it. As for the rest of the ingredients we are using shrimp and Cajun sausage as the meaty ingredients, then adding green pepper, celery, garlic, thyme and cherry tomatoes for extra flavor and colorful appeal. All these ingredients work beautifully together, adding a magical fusion touch to this pizza. The smoke from the barbeque adds even more flavor.

Meat and seafood often pair on pizza recipes, whether you are combining shrimp with ham, mixed seafood with pepperoni, or even mussels with bacon. When you add a tomato-based sauce and some cheese, the flavors work incredibly. This recipe uses Cajun sausage and there are several types to choose from. If you prefer to use Italian sausage or another kind, just go ahead. Small or medium shrimp are good on this pizza. If you are using canned or cooked shrimp, just add them at the end, just before putting the pizza on the barbeque, rather than sautéing them beforehand because they will not require extra cooking, and the heat from the barbeque will warm them up sufficiently.

A Closer Look at Cajun Cuisine

Feel free to add a pinch of chili powder or even some sliced chilies to this Cajun pizza if you want to dial up the heat a bit. In fact, when people think about Cajun cooking the first thing that comes to mind is often heat, but this is not always the case. When South Louisianans think about this cuisine, instead of thinking about heat, they think about typical Cajun flavors – fresh proteins, well-rounded spices and aromatic herbs being the main ones. Cajun cuisine originally derived from the Arcadian settlers in areas west of New Orleans. They lived off the land since they could not afford expensive ingredients, and many dishes were cooked in one pot using fish, seafood, strong spices, and vegetables. Cajun cuisine has not changed much and is considered the ‘only true ethnic food creation’ in the United States for this reason.

Cajun sausage, which is used in this recipe, is very tasty. It is made from pork meat and stomach, along with seasonings. Cajun sausage is used in jambalayas, gumbos, beans, and side dishes, and you can find it in most grocery stores. If not, try an ethnic grocery store. If you cannot decide between pizza and Cajun food, use this recipe to make a Cajun pizza and enjoy the best of both worlds. This pizza can be served by itself and it will feed 6 people, perhaps 4 if you are not having side dishes with it. If you have any left over (which is unlikely!) it is great served cold the following day as a snack.

Sizzling Shrimp Pizza with Cajun Flair
Summary: Cajun sausage, shrimp, vegetables and aromatic seasonings in the form of garlic and thyme are used to top your pizza crust. The result is a mouthwatering fusion dish.
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Cuisine: Italian/Cajun Fusion
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 6
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Ingredients
  • 12-inch prebaked pizza crust
  • 8 oz sliced Cajun sausage
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup minced green pepper
  • ¼ cup minced celery
  • 8 oz peeled, deveined small shrimp
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 4 halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1½ cups pizza sauce (any kind)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Instructions
  1. Prepare the barbeque for high direct heat.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the sausage for 3 minutes.
  3. Flip the slices and cook for another 3 minutes or until done.
  4. Transfer the sausage to a bowl.
  5. Add the shrimp, green pepper, celery, tomatoes, and thyme to the skillet.
  6. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer the shrimp into the bowl with the sausage.
  8. Stir the pizza sauce with the green pepper, celery and thyme.
  9. Spread this over the pizza crust.
  10. Top with the cheese and green onions.
  11. Arrange the shrimp and sausage on top.
  12. Put the pizza on the barbeque and close the vents on the cover nearly all the way.
  13. Close the lid and cook for a couple of minutes, or until the bottom is lightly charred and the cheese has melted.
  14. Transfer the pizza on to a cutting board and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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Richly flavored, colorful and always appealing, this Cajun pizza is sure to wow everyone at the party. We are using Cajun sausage and shrimp, along with vegetables to make the topping. Add mozzarella, garlic and thyme, and your reward will be this mouthwatering pizza. You can serve it hot of the barbeque, warm or even chilled the following day. Pair this with any side dishes you want, or serve it just as it is. The Cajun flavors are distinctive in every bite. Perhaps you are looking for new pizza recipe ideas, in which case this recipe should be ideal.
 


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.

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