Pizza is always great, and there are so many different toppings to choose from, depending on your mood, what you have in the refrigerator and how hungry you are. Although a richly topped ‘Meat Feast’ pizza always make a great comfort food meal if you are in the mood for something heavy and filling, when the summertime rolls around and the weather warms up a bit, many of us start to consider not only alternative toppings but also different cooking methods. In the following recipe we are topping the pizza with seafood, lemon, oregano and cheese, along with colorful bell pepper strips, and then we are cooking it on the barbeque rather than in the oven. This makes such a beautiful meal during the warmer months of the year.
To keep things easy, we are opting for a premade pizza crust here, although feel free to use your own pizza crust recipe if you prefer. Once this is cooked to golden brown on the grill, it is time to flip it over and add your toppings. Get the grill medium-hot before you begin. It does not need to be piping hot but give it chance to warm up before adding the pizza crust. Keep an eye on it because this will cook in just a few minutes. You will be able to see the crust turning golden brown, the cheese melting and the crust turning golden around the edges. Let the pizza sit for a couple of minutes before cutting it into wedges to serve, just so nobody burns their mouth.
Which Seafood to Use
Head to the frozen section of the grocery store and look out for a package of frozen cooked seafood. Ingredients vary depending on the brand, but you should expect to get mussels, shrimp, squid, perhaps some imitation crab, and maybe scallops in there. Give it a good shake then measure out 6 ounces of the seafood into a dish. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight then drain the liquid off. You can then top your pizza with it. Frozen cooked seafood is always worth keeping in the freezer. Another use for it is thawing it then tossing it with your favorite salad dressing and serving it on a bed of salad leaves. If you prefer to use cooked fresh seafood, that is also fine. Anything large, such as scallops or large shrimp, are better cut into bite-sized pieces before topping the pizza with them. You could even use just plain shrimp or squid, or just one kind of seafood instead of a mixture.
As for the other ingredients, feel free to switch the bell peppers for mushrooms or another favorite vegetable, or else just use one color of bell pepper, although the trio of colors does look extra pretty on the pizza. Lemon juice and oregano pair for a flavorful finish, and these ingredients really complement the pizza as a whole. This recipe makes four servings if you are serving side dishes, but you could also divide the pizza between two if that is all you are having. Either way, the delicate flavors mean everyone is going to love it, and the smoky aroma from the barbeque makes it even more mouthwatering.
- 1 readymade pizza crust
- 6 oz thawed mixed cooked seafood
- Juice of ¼ lemon
- ¼ sliced green bell pepper
- ¼ sliced yellow bell pepper
- ¼ sliced red bell pepper
- ¾ cup shredded mozzarella
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
- Preheat the barbeque to medium.
- Squeeze lemon juice over the seafood.
- Grind over some black pepper then toss to coat.
- Put the pizza crust on the barbeque and cook until the bottom is golden brown.
- Flip it on to a pizza pan or cookie sheet browned side up.
- Add half the cheese, the seafood and the bell pepper strips.
- Scatter over the rest of the mozzarella.
- Sprinkle over the oregano.
- Return the pizza to the barbeque.
- Cook until the cheese has melted and the everything is piping hot.
Are you bored with the same old chicken or pepperoni pizza every time? Why not try this summertime favorite. Pick up a package of mixed cooked seafood and use it to top a pizza crust. Add bell pepper strips, lemon juice, oregano, mozzarella and black pepper, then pop the whole thing on the barbeque and you will be rewarded with a light, tasty, summertime treat. Pizza is great for every occasion from the most casual to elegant get-togethers if you are using seafood or other gourmet toppings. Thawing ready-cooked seafood means you can save time too, since you just need to top your pizza and cook it for a few minutes, or until it is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
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