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Grilled Shrimp and Cilantro Pesto Pizza

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 42 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 4 individual pizzas
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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


  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. Put all ingredients in the work bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.;

Grilled Shrimp:

  1. 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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