Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Jerk Shrimp Pizza

This is a favorite in our house. In fact, when Andrew broke his jaw during football practice a few years ago his first food request after 6 weeks of only liquids through a straw (because his jaw was wired shut) was Jerk Shrimp Pizza. Maybe it will become a favorite in your home to rival the more traditional pepperoni.

Jerk Shrimp Pizza
1 package refrigerated pizza dough (or you can use your favorite dough)
1 pound medium shrimp
1 bell pepper, diced
1/4 of a red onion, thinly sliced
1 mango, diced
2 green onions, diced
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 bottle Caribbean or Jamaican Jerk sauce (I use Lawry's but you can use whatever brand you like)

First, if your shrimp is raw, toss it in some of the sauce and cook in a small skillet over medium heat until pink.
If your shrimp is already cooked (or once your raw shrimp is cooked), toss in some extra sauce (about 1/4 cup).

Prepare your dough to your liking. I typically use the refrigerated pizza dough spread on a baking sheet so that it is thin. I bake it for about 7 minutes at 400 degrees to make the crust a little more crispy (our family just prefers it crisp, but if your family like thick crust try it on thick crust).

Remove the crust from the oven and top with about 3/4 cup of the sauce (or as much as you like). There's not a typical red pizza sauce in this recipe so treat the jerk sauce as you would normal pizza sauce. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the pizza. Top with the bell pepper, onions, mango, and shrimp. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the chopped cilantro. Slice and serve. Enjoy!

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