Shrimp and Chorizo Pizza

A few weeks ago, my husband and I had a conversation wherein I stated that I could eat pizza every day… and he told me that that was GROSS. After checking to see if he had fallen gravely ill (what ELSE would explain such a blasphemous statement??), I considered divorcing him on the spot. Then, I came to my senses and realized that I’d rather spend all that lawyer money on PIZZA, GLORIOUS PIZZA, so he gets to stay. For now.

Shrimp and Chorizo Pizza

I love pizza of all shapes and kinds. Thin crust, deep dish, Detroit-style (yeah, it’s a thing), round, square. I am a little discerning as it relates to toppings (if you put green peppers on my pizza, you can go straight to hell!), but in general, I am an equal opportunity pizza lover. GIVE ME ALL THE PIZZA! And every now and again, it’s fun to whip up a pizza at home and really go nuts with the flavor combinations. I recommend you try the combination outlined below at your earliest convenience. Like, tomorrow.

Shrimp and Chorizo Pizza
makes one medium, thin-crust pizza

For the pizza dough:
follow the instructions here, but use the ingredient amounts below
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 T olive oil
3/4 cup very warm water

For the pizza:
olive oil
3 cloves garlic
1/2 lb raw shrimp
6 oz chorizo, cooked
thinly sliced fresh jalapeños
6 oz monterey jack cheese, freshly grated
pickled red onions (recipe here)
fresh cilantro

Shrimp and Chorizo Pizza

1.) Preheat your oven to 475°F. Once your dough is ready to go, stretch it out nice and thin, and place it on a baking sheet coated with a bit of olive oil. Brush the top with some more oil, and then verrrrry thinly slice your garlic cloves, and scatter them over the pizza.

2.) Chop your raw shrimp into bite size pieces, season with salt and pepper, and scatter over the pizza, along with the chorizo. Next, add the jalapeños, then the cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

3.) Let the pizza cool for a few minutes, and then scatter the pickled onions and cilantro over the top. Serve immediately.

Shrimp and Chorizo Pizza

I am pretty sure that the only thing better than pizza, is pizza topped with CHORIZO. That is some ridiculous goodness, right there! The richness of the chorizo is cut perfectly by the pickled red onion, and the shrimp and cilantro kind of lighten everything up. This would be pretty awesome cut into thin slices and served as an appetizer… but equally awesome consumed in its entirety while you’re parked on the couch in your finest sweatpants. There is no judgment here.

Pizza: all day, er’yday,

Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread

For some reason, it seems that anytime I come up with a recipe idea involving a very specific piece of fresh produce… that item goes out of season immediately. What had been overflowing the shelves in the produce section for weeks on end is just magically GONE, because I finally dreamed up a fun way to use it. And then I spend two months being SO SAD that I cannot get figs/blood oranges/kumquats/fresh artichokes/what-have-you. Eventually, I forget about the recipe entirely, until I am at the grocery store 10 months later and stumble across the item in question – at which point I start franticly rearranging my menu and grocery list, so I can accommodate the long lost recipe idea immediately (before whatever it is goes BACK out of season, clearly).

The inside of my brain is a weird and confusing place, you guys. I’m lucky if I can remember where I parked my car in the Target parking lot 6 minutes ago, but the need to find a damn fresh fig will haunt me for months. I can’t explain it.

Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread

All that to say: the need to make this particular flatbread has been gnawing at me for nearly a year! Luckily, I happened upon some fresh figs at Trader Joe’s about a month ago, and it was finally able to come to life.

Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread
serves 4-6 as an appetizer

1 batch pizza dough
4-6 fresh figs, quartered
6 slices prosciutto, cut into 2″ pieces
3 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
2 ounces arugula
balsamic vinegar (optional)

1.) Start by making your pizza dough. When it’s ready, preheat your oven to 475°, then stretch the dough out until it’s nice and thin, and place it on a rimmed baking sheet that has been lightly brushed or misted with olive oil.

2.) Brush the dough with olive oil. Spread the quartered figs out evenly across the dough, then scatter the prosciutto and crumbled goat cheese. (You could sub in cooked and crumbled bacon here, if you’d prefer.)

Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread

3.) Bake the flatbread until the edges are nicely browned and crispy, and the goat cheese is a bit melty – about 12 minutes.

4.) While the flatbread bakes, toss your arugula with a bit of olive oil, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. You don’t want it to be super wet, just lightly coated with olive oil – so start slowly, and add more oil if needed.

5.) When the flatbread is done baking, place the arugula on top, spreading it out evenly, and cut into small slices. If you’d like, you can drizzle the whole thing with a tiny bit of reduced balsamic vinegar – I was planning to do this, but then I got distracted and forgot (story of my life). Serve warm.

Fig, Prosciutto, and Arugula Flatbread

This flatbread makes a great snack or light lunch. It’s not at all heavy, but it has TONS of flavor – the figs are perfectly sweet (and they get a nice caramely, roasted flavor from baking them), the prosciutto is salty and a little crisp, there’s a nice tang from the goat cheese, and a peppery bite from the arugula. Delicious!

If you wanted to get really fancy (for a dinner party or something), you could cut small rounds out of your pizza dough, and make little individual/two-bite pizzas – each topped with a fig quarter, a bit of prosciutto and goat cheese, and a small pile of arugula. They would look beautiful, and taste even better!

FIGS ARE IN SEASON RIGHT NOW (you heard it here first),

Roasted Garlic, Sausage, and Tomato Pizza

Pizza is basically the perfect food, right? There are a million and one ways to change it up; you can add any crazy combination of ingredients that pops into your head!

A great pizza joint recently opened up in our area, and they make these ridiculous wood-fired, thin crust pizzas. One of the topping options they offer is roasted garlic, which I love, but have never had on a pizza before. Some friends and I were ordering up some dinner one night, and after about 20 minutes of tossing topping ideas back and forth, we landed on this: sausage, roasted garlic, and tomato. And it might just be my favorite pizza topping combination ever!

Roasted Garlic, Sausage, and Tomato Pizza

Roasted Garlic, Sausage, and Tomato Pizza
makes one medium, thinner-crust pie

one batch pizza dough
pizza or marinara sauce of choice
1 head garlic, with the top 1/2″ cut off
olive oil
1/4 lb hot italian sausage (pork or turkey), cooked and crumbled
1 large tomato, sliced thin
8 oz mozzarella cheese, grated

1.) First, you need to roast your garlic. While your pizza dough rises, heat your oven to 400°. Place your head of garlic in the center of a square of foil, and drizzle it with a bit of olive oil. Close the foil tightly around the garlic, place it into a small baking dish, and roast for about 40 minutes until golden brown and soft. Allow the garlic to cool until you can handle it easily, and then gently squeeze the cloves out of their skins. Slice each clove into about 4 pieces.

2.) Preheat your oven to 475°. Lay your sliced tomatoes out on a paper towel to draw a bit of their moisture out; lightly season them with kosher salt. Mist your baking sheet with olive oil, and stretch your pizza dough out. Spread a thin layer of your sauce onto the dough.

3.) Evenly sprinkle the sausage and sliced, roasted garlic over the sauce. Cover the pizza with the grated cheese, and then lay the sliced tomatoes on top. Brush the exposed edges of the dough with a bit of olive oil.

4.) Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the cheese has browned nicely. Allow to cool and set for approximately 5 minutes before cutting into slices and serving.

Roasted Garlic, Sausage, and Tomato Pizza

Sweet, nutty garlic, spicy and salty sausage, and juicy, slightly acidic tomatoes. YES, PLEASE.

You’re going to want to make this REAL soon,

grilled steak and gorgonzola pizza with balsamic reduction.

Many moons ago – or, 2 months ago, who’s counting – Matt and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. At the time we had a lot of things going on around here, so we opted to stay in and cook something delicious in lieu of a fancy dinner out. I marinated the steak the night before, made the dough as soon as I got home from work, and we had plenty of time to reminisce over the past year while we grilled the steak and put the pizza together. This plus a bottle of bubbles equaled a lovely, low-key dinner and was totally up our alley.

Grilled Steak and Gorgonzola Pizza with Balsamic Reduction.
via gingersnaps.

for the steak:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp minced garlic
10 oz. New York strip

for the balsamic reduction:
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1/4 tsp black pepper

for the pizza:
Christina’s pizza dough
Olive oil, for brushing crust
1/2 cup shredded Fontina cheese
1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese
1/2 – 3/4 cup Gorgonzola
Handful of arugula

Prepare grill to medium heat and preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Remove steak from marinade and grill 5 minutes per side for medium-rare, or to desired doneness. Set aside and tent with foil.

Bring balsamic vinegar to boil in small pan, then reduce heat to medium. Cook until vinegar is reduced by half. Stir in honey and pepper. Set aside.

Flour your work surface and roll pizza dough out, brush with olive oil and transfer to a pizza stone or cookie sheet. Bake in the oven until slightly golden, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and top with Fontina, Parmesan and half of the Gorgonzola. Return to the oven and bake until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted. Meanwhile, slice your steak.

Remove pizza from the oven and top with sliced steak, the remaining Gorgonzola, and arugula. Drizzle with balsamic. Congratulate yourself for creating the most delicious pizza in your own home.

hmm…maybe it’s time to make this again…