Picture this: a warm evening on a tranquil coastal getaway, the soothing sound of waves, and the scent of the ocean breeze. Now, add the delightful aroma of a freshly baked seafood pizza wafting from your kitchen. This simple seafood pizza recipe is more than just a meal; it's a journey to the seaside on your plate.
Recipe: Quick and Delicious Seafood Pizza
- 1 pre-made pizza dough
- 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup of cooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1/2 cup of fresh mussels, cleaned and cooked
- 1/4 cup of calamari rings
- 1/4 cup of diced bell peppers
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon of dried basil
- Red pepper flakes (optional for a spicy kick)
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Olive oil
Preheat Your Oven: Begin by preheating your oven to 475°F (245°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven during preheating to get it nice and hot.
Prepare the Dough: Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface into your desired shape. If you're using a pizza stone, transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper that's been dusted with cornmeal.
Add Tomato Sauce: Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce evenly over the pizza dough, leaving a small border around the edge for the crust.
Layer on the Goodness: Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella over the tomato sauce. Evenly distribute the cooked shrimp, mussels, calamari rings, and diced bell peppers on top.
Season to Perfection: Sprinkle minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, and red pepper flakes if you like a little heat.
The Cheese Crown: Add the remaining mozzarella cheese to create that gooey, cheesy goodness that makes a pizza so satisfying.
Bake to Perfection: If you're using a pizza stone, slide the parchment paper with the pizza onto the hot stone in the preheated oven. If not, place your pizza directly on a baking sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, and the cheese is bubbling.
Garnish and Serve: Remove your seafood pizza from the oven and let it cool for a moment. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top, sprinkle fresh basil leaves for a burst of color and aroma, then slice and serve.
In just a short time, you can bring the flavors of the sea to your dinner table. This seafood pizza is not only quick and easy but also a delightful culinary voyage. Whether you're enjoying it by the coast or at home, it's a slice of ocean-side paradise on a plate. Enjoy the fresh, savory taste of the sea in every bite!
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