Pesto Shrimp Scampi Pizza with Cambozola

by Cate on September 22, 2009

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When it came to dinner Saturday night, I already knew that we were going to have Sarah’s risotto, so I wanted whatever else we had to be fairly light and snacky.  Since we were doing a make-your-own pizza with the kids, why not one for us too?

I bought the dough from a local pizza shop and knew I had some pesto on hand, so that became the base of the pizza.  Then I thought out of the box a little bit and wondered aloud about putting Shrimp Scampi on top of the pesto.  I grabbed a few Italian cookbooks, looking for a Shrimp Scampi recipe, and settled on Giada’s from her Everyday Italian cookbook.  The complete recipe is actually Shrimp Scampi with Tomatoes over a couscous, but I just used the scampi part.

But the cheese.  What about cheese?  I had a wedge of Cambozola cheese from a tapas platter I made for the kids and decided to slice that up and scatter it around the pizza.  I first discovered Cambozola some 10 years ago on one of my first visits to Whole Foods.  It has the creaminess of Camembert, with a ribbon of gorgonzola running through it.  It’s the best of both worlds really.  It’s great as a midnight snack atop of Wheat Thins with a little bit of chorizo tucked underneath.  And it was perfect for the pizza.

Sarah rolled out the dough, going with a rustic look.  On went the pesto.  Then the shrimp.  I removed the shrimp from the pan it was cooked in, and placed it on top of the pesto.  The lemony buttery sauce still in the pan served as the perfect thing to dip some chunks of crusty baguette into.  After the shrimp went on the pizza, I layered some thin slices of the Cambozola all around.

One bite and I’m fairly certain we had a winner.  Winner winner, Pesto Shrimp Scampi Pizza dinner that is.  A perfect bite for something that was thrown together on a whim.

A year ago todayapple picking.  Coincidentally, today is the day that Nick accidentally dropped a double batch of homemade applesauce on the floor from this weekend’s apple picking.
Four years ago todayloaded banana cookies.

Shrimp Scampi
Recipe courtesy of Giada DiLaurentiis’ Everyday Italian

1/4 cup extra virgin oilive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
chopped parsley

In a large skillet, add the remaining 1/4 cup oil and the 2 cloves of minced garlic. Heat the oil, making sure not to burn the garlic. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and stirring occasionally, cook the shrimp until they start to turn pink, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they will become tough. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice, red pepper and chopped parsley. 

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Joanne September 23, 2009 at 6:15 am

This pizza is loaded with good things. Pesto and cambozola – two of my favorites. Homemade pizza is such a great thing to serve to guests because it can be adapted to just about anyone’s taste.

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Patsy September 23, 2009 at 8:11 am

Oh, I am soooo going to look for that cheese! I can imagine the tastiness of it right now! Fantastic pizza toppings!

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Sarah Caron September 23, 2009 at 9:59 am

Mmm, that pizza was so delish!

Patsy, you HAVE to try the cheese. It’s to-die-for.

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Kris #40 September 23, 2009 at 10:08 am

Did you have to show it again?! It looks so yummy, yummy, yummy!

I never think to go to the pizza places for dough. I usually buy refrigerated in the A&P.

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Jo September 23, 2009 at 10:26 am

That pizza looks so good! *tummy is growling*

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Joanna in the kitchen September 23, 2009 at 11:45 am

I would love this pizza, especially if someone would make it for me. yum yum yum

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Natashya September 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Yum, I love homemade pizza – great idea to put the scampi on it. And the cambozola – my fave!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 23, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Thats a great combo! yum!

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ASHLEA September 24, 2009 at 4:42 pm

This looks so good! I have been on a huge pizza kick but have not tried one with shrimp! Yum!

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dave September 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm

That look really tasty! Buying your dough from the local pizzeria is key. I don’t get enough shrimp pizza, really.

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