Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Pizza
1 (.25 ounce) pkg active dry yeast [2 1/4 t]
3/4 c warm (105 to 115 degrees F) water
1 3/4 to 2 c unbleached AP flour + additional for kneading and dredging
1 1/2 t salt
3 t olive oil, divided + more for brushing dough
2 c grated Monterey Jack
Cilanto Pesto, see below
Grilled shrimp, see below
Cilantro leaves for garnish
In a small bowl whisk together the yeast and 1/4 c of the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes to proof (i.e. get bubbly). Place 1 3/4 c of flour in a large bowl with the salt. Add the yeast mixture, the remaining water and 2 t of olive oil and stir until combined. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 1 t oil, add the dough and turn to coat. Cover and put in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 to 1.5 hours.
Preheat the grill to medium-high. Once the dough has risen, divide it in half and set aside one of the halves for another use. Divide the remaining half into 4 balls. Roll each ball into an 8-inch circle. Brush each circle with olive oil on both sides until golden brown. Add 1/2 c grated cheese to each pizza and grill until the cheese is just melted. Remove from the grill and spread a few tablespoons of the cilantro pesto over each pizza. Top each pizza with 4 shrimp and sprinkle with cilanto leaves.
3/4 c fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 c parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic, coursely chopped
2 T pine nuts
1/4 grated fresh Parmesan
1/2 c evoo
salt & freshly ground black pepper
Put all ingredients into the work bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with S&P to taste.
16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
salt and freshly ground pepper
Preheat the grill to high. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with enough evoo to lightly coat and season with S&P. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Remove from grill and keep warm until ready to use.
I didn't use the grill for this ... I just put the pizzas under the broiler instead and flipped them over to brown the other side when the first was done. They turned out terrific. I quickly cooked the shrimp on the stove-top as well.