Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tropical Island Paradise Pizza

The name is an accurate description of this pizza!
     If you are looking for a different kind of pizza, then this exotic pizza is for you.  The flavor is like the island flavors of pina colada, bell peppers and ham with and occasional bite of shrimp teriyaki.  Delicious!
     Recipe:  Use my pizza dough recipe that I posted at my Food and Recipe Blog on 11/25/2010 in the Garlic Smelt, Fresh Basil and Mushroom Pizza recipe.  Pat the dough out to a mini pizza shape.  Place the pizza shaped dough on a pizza pan.  Brush the dough with olive oil.
     Bake the pizza dough crust in a 450 degree degree oven till the pizza crust is a little more than half cooked.
     Spoon some thick unsweetened coconut milk on the pizza crust instead of tomato pizza sauce.  (Don't worry if some of the coconut milk runs over the edge of the crust.)
     Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese over the coconut milk.
     Place some red and green bell pepper slices on the pizza.
     Place some small, thin sliced ham strips on the pizza.
     Scatter small diced fresh pineapple on the pizza.
     Sprinkle a little more mozzarella cheese over the pizza toppings.
     Return the pizza to the oven.  Bake the pizza till the cheese just starts to brown on the high lights.
     Shrimp Teriyaki Recipe:  This is not a standard Japanese Teriyaki sauce.  You can make the shrimp teriyaki while the pizza is baking.
     Heat a saute pan over medium heat.
     Add some soy sauce, a little bit of minced ginger, a dab of bead molasses, a spoonful of brown sugar and a a spoonful of white sugar.
     Add a little splash of water.
     When the teriyaki sauce becomes hot, add a little bit of corn starch and water slurry while stirring to slightly thicken the sauce.
     Saute some peeled shrimp in sesame oil over medium heat.
     Add the teriyaki sauce and reduce till the shrimp become glazed.
     Set the teriyaki shrimp on the pizza after it is done baking.  
     Slide the pizza onto a serving platter after it is sliced.
     Garnish with a sliced, rind on, pineapple wedge with the pineapple leaves still attached.
     This is an extraordinary pizza!  The coconut pineapple flavor combines with the ham and bell peppers so very well.  The teriyaki shrimp are a flavor sensation every time one is bitten into.  I tried a slice of pineapple ham pizza that a friend bought a few years ago and I thought that the tomato sauce was a terrible choice for a pineapple pizza topping.  Coconut milk really is better for a pizza sauce when using fresh pineapple as a pizza topping.  I like this pizza!  Aloha!  ...  Shawna

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