If you love to cook and are looking for something a little different for a special occasion, this pizza is for you. Most tomato pizza recipes boil down to the same old thing, but this one features delicious prawns in a red wine marinade, and is not your run of the mill cheese or chicken pie. However, even though this is a great gourmet pizza recipe, it does not have to be hard to make.
It is even relatively expensive, with the low cost for taste value offered by prawns and red wine. Expand your horizons a little bit with this great, slightly unusual recipe for gourmet pizza. Try it along with a chardonnay for best effect.
A Mouthwatering Marinade
What makes this pizza really special is the marinade used on the shrimp. Heady ingredients like garlic, cayenne, basil, red wine, and tomato sauce combine to make this delicious marinade, and then you can add your shrimp and let the whole mixture sit for half an hour, or a whole hour if you have the time.
These ingredients combine in perfect harmony to add a fantastic flavor to your shrimp, and believe me, it makes such a difference from just putting plain, unflavored shrimp on your pizza. Marinating them really does take the flavor of this pizza to the next level, so do not even think about missing out this step, because it is totally worth it. Use a reasonable quality red wine in the marinade, perhaps something you plan to serve with the pizza.
Even though you are only using a very small amount, the flavor will be noticeable and the better your ingredients the better the result. That also applies to the garlic and basil, both of which ought to be fresh, and use a good quality olive oil too, preferably extra-virgin for that delicate, exotic taste. After the shrimp have been marinated, you can get to work on cooking them, so thread them on to skewers and you can then cook them on the barbeque.
A word of advice here – if you plan on using bamboo skewers you must soak them in cold water for half an hour before using them, else you can imagine what will happen when you put them over flames! Yes they will probably catch fire and then your precious prawns will slip through the grates and that would be a disaster, so either soak them for a minimum of half an hour first or else use metal skewers. Either of those solutions is ideal.
Cooking the Pizza to Perfection
So now you have your pizza crust all ready, and you also have your cooked, marinated shrimp. The crust needs to be cooked for a couple of minutes, just enough time to give it a golden brown color. The shrimp can be arranged over the crust, as well as a sliced ripe tomato, mozzarella and also some parmesan cheese. Once you have arranged those ingredients on the pizza it is time to cook it on the barbeque.
You will see the cheese begin to melt over the pizza crust and you will also be able to see the shrimp partially disappear under that layer of melted cheese. You will have noticed by now this pizza recipe does not have a sauce and that is unusual perhaps, but the juicy shrimp and cheese will give the pizza all the flavor and moisture it needs, and the delicate flavors of the toppings will really impress your palate.
- ½ clove garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons tomato sauce
- 1 teaspoon red wine
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
- pinch salt
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 5 ounces fresh prawns or shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 premade pizza crust
- 1 fresh ripe tomato, sliced
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese
- Combine garlic, olive oil, red wine and tomato sauce, then season with salt, cayenne, and basil. Add prawns and stir until coated evenly. Cover and refrigerate for thirty minutes to an hour.
- Preheat grill to medium. Thread prawns onto skewers, piercing once near the head and once near the tail. Discard unneeded marinade. Oil grill grate lightly and cook shrimp two to three minutes per side.
- Place pizza crust on hot grill and cover, cooking until bottom has browned. Turn onto cookie sheet or pizza pan browned side up, and then add prawns, ripe tomato, and cheeses. Return to grill and cook until bottom of pizza is brown and cheese has melted and is bubbling.
If seafood pizza sounds good to you, consider this wonderful recipe. The shrimp are marinated before being used as a topping, and the marinade is easy to make. Just combine tomato sauce, red wine and garlic with basil, oil, and cayenne pepper, then give the shrimp plenty of time to soak up these amazing flavors. They are then used as a pizza topping along with fresh tomato, mozzarella and parmesan. The photo shows what the finished pizza will look like. Use small, medium or even large shrimp (bigger ones will need an extra minute or so of cooking time) as long as they are peeled and deveined first.
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