Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Pizza

Total Time:
1 hr 42 min
30 min
1 hr
12 min

4 individual pizzas

  • 1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 3/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees F)
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus additional for kneading and dredging
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided, plus more for brushing dough
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • Cilantro Pesto, recipe follows
  • Grilled Shrimp, recipe follows
  • Cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Cilantro Pesto:
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Grilled Shrimp:
  • 16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yeast and 1/4 cup of the warm water. Let sit for 5 minutes to proof. Place 1 3/4 cups of the flour in large bowl with the salt. Add the yeast mixture, the remaining water, and 2 teaspoons oil, and stir until combined. Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead until smooth. Grease a large bowl with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, add the dough and turn to coat. Cover and put in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • Preheat the grill to medium-high. Once the dough has risen, divide it in half, and set aside half for another use or for the Red Chile-White Anchovy Caesar Salad Pizza. Then divide the half into 4 balls. Roll each ball into 8-inch circles. Brush each circle with oil and grill on both sides until golden brown. Add 1/2 cup 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 cilantro leaves.

Cilantro Pesto:
  • Put all ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Grilled Shrimp:
  • Preheat the grill to high. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with enough olive oil to coat, and season with salt and pepper. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Remove from grill and keep warm until ready to use.

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