This is a great pizza for seafood fans, but it does not require as much time to make as you might assume. Some seafood recipes, a lot of them in fact, require you to buy and prepare fresh seafood, which is both expensive and time-consuming, but this recipe uses tuna, imitation crab and any other seafood you want to add, for quick and easy results, and a really tasty end result. You can either use a readymade crust for this recipe or, if you prefer, why not make your own dough or buy the dough and roll it out into your preferred shape and size? Anything goes, but for the quickest result, just use a readymade crust and add your own sauce and toppings for a delicious result which does not take all day to achieve.
Frutti di mare is a type of pizza which often has shrimp, mussels, squid, and similar seafood toppings. In Italy this pizza tends to be cheese-free, but we are cheese lovers here and prefer to add mozzarella. If you want to leave it off though, for a more authentic frutti di mare result, by all means go ahead. Although a white sauce would suit the delicate flavor of the seafood, we are using a tomato sauce here. You can use any brand or type that you like. Cooking this frutti di mare pizza on the barbeque means the smoky aroma will permeate the crust and toppings, adding an undeniably amazing layer of flavor to your homemade pizza which everyone will love. This recipe makes enough for 4 servings.
Tips for Barbequing Seafood
Although beef and chicken are probably the two most barbequed proteins, there is also a place for seafood on the grill. This cooking method is all about using dry heat and that is a perfectly good way of cooking many types of fish and seafood. Fish may be cooked in steaks or filets, or even whole depending on the recipe and type of fish, while seafood can be cooked whole, in pieces threaded on kabobs or on pizza, as well as in more ways. And then if you are working with anything delicate, it is always possible to wrap it in aluminum foil along with some seasonings and cook it in there. Seafood tends to be either lean or delicate (or, in many cases, both) so, just like when working with lean proteins such as chicken or turkey breast, you will need to take care never to overcook it, because overcooked, dried-out seafood is worse than no seafood at all!
We chose tuna and imitation crab for this recipe because they are both economical ingredients, which are widely available and easy to work with, but if you want to add more seafood to the pizza, then go ahead. Just ensure it is cooked before you add it to the pizza, since the aim is to warm up the toppings and melt the cheese, rather than cooking the seafood. Undercooked seafood is as bad an idea as the overcooked kind we already mentioned! If you want to add other ingredients which complement the seafood, such as crushed pineapple (make sure it is well-drained if so!) or something salty like capers or anchovies, or even some sliced olives, that is perfectly fine. You can also add fresh basil leaves or sprigs just before serving for a gourmet presentation.
- 1 readymade pizza crust
- ¼ cup tomato sauce
- ¼ cup chopped yellow onion
- 4 oz shredded imitation crab
- 4 oz canned tuna
- 4 oz cooked mussels, shrimp or squid (optional)
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- Pinch of dried oregano
- Preheat the barbeque to medium-hot.
- Make sure the tuna is very well drained.
- Put the pizza crust on the barbeque and cook it until the bottom is golden brown.
- If your barbeque has a lid, have it down.
- Flip it over, then spread the tomato sauce over it.
- Add the onion, crab, tuna, and mozzarella.
- Add any other cooked seafood you want.
- Sprinkle over the oregano.
- Return the pizza to the barbeque and cook it until the cheese has melted.
Simplicity is often the key to making a successful recipe. Here we are teaming imitation crab with tuna, along with mozzarella, onion and some oregano. Use these tasty ingredients, along with some tomato sauce, to top your pizza crust and then cook it on the barbeque to make a meal nobody is going to forget in a hurry and everyone will want to enjoy again in the future. Yes the flavor of this frutti di mare grilled pizza really is that good. The most important things are to ensure your tuna is well-drained to prevent crust sogginess, and to distribute the toppings evenly over the pizza to ensure everyone gets their fair share of the fruits of the sea.
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