Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pesto Pizza with Shrimp, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes

Just yesterday, my husband caught the tail end of a cooking show I was watching and he heard the host say something to the effect of, "With this pizza dough recipe, the number of cooking possibilities are endless!" He asked out loud, "Really? Do you really think the possibilities are actually endless?" While technically speaking, there probably is an end to the number of combinations you can make with pizza dough, I argued that with all the different kinds of food and spices in the world that, yes, the possibilities actually are pretty close to endless.

In this recipe, I used pesto, shrimp, feta cheese and tomatoes, but you can basically put whatever you want on a pizza, which is the beauty of learning how to make your own pizza dough. Even if your fridge is as barren as the Mojave Desert, there's probably something in there you can use to make a pizza.

Pesto Pizza with Shrimp, Feta and Cherry Tomatoes
Yield: about 8 servings
Total Time: about 45 minutes


Whole wheat pizza dough*
1/2 cup corn meal
Pesto sauce
Cooked shrimp
10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved
1/3 cup feta cheese
Salt and pepper


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle with corn meal. Press pizza dough onto the baking sheet.

Spoon pesto sauce onto the pizza dough and spread evenly. Top with shrimp, feta cheese, and halved cherry tomatoes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes, cut into rectangular pieces and enjoy!


*Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (and/or Hamburger Buns)
From tasteofhome.com
Yield: 12 hamburger buns or 2 pizzas
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes


2 Tablespoons active-dry yeast
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons very warm water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
3-3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour


In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in oil and sugar. Let stand for 5 minutes. Add the egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 3-5 minutes (or use a kneading hook on an electric mixer).

For pizza dough:

Place into a clean bowl sprayed with cooking spray and let rise for 10-15 minutes. Divide the dough in half and proceed with making your pizza.

For hamburger buns:

Do not let the dough rise. Take half of the dough and divide it into 6 equal balls. Place 3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise for 10-15 minutes. Bake at 425 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool.


Gina said...

This looks really great! It's amazing that it's homemade.


Sofia said...

Looks delicious!


Lissy said...

That pizza looks so yummy!!

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Stefanie Cross said...

Looks amazing! Can't wait to try it!