Jun 5
2011

Mini Grilled Pizzas with Shrimp & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Recipe

Mini Grilled Pizza with Shrimp & Red Pepper Pesto Recipe

Scroll all the way to the bottom to enter your recipe. Click on the button that says, “Add your link”. Be sure to read the rules halfway down. It’s okay to use a post that’s already on your blog – no need to re-invent the wheel.

Have you been firing up those grills (see my How-to on the subject) and pulling out your favorite summer barbecue recipes? Marla of Family Fresh Cooking and I can’t wait to see what you are going to share with us during our six-week Get Grillin’ event. The theme for this week is appetizers. Please scroll down to find more information on entering your recipes. In the meantime, you can whip some of these mini grilled pizzas, topped with shrimp, roasted red pepper pesto, feta cheese and cilantro. Remember, you recipes don’t have to be made on the grill. As long as they are summer barbecue-friendly, they are eligible. Next week’s theme will be side dishes, so put on your thinking caps.

Thanks to our sponsors, Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans, we have some fabulous prizes to give away each week . Scroll down to find out about this week’s giveaway. Remember, you have to enter a recipe to be eligible for the giveaway.



The recipe:

The pesto:

Place roasted red bell peppers in the bowl of a food processor. Add slivered almonds, garlic, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, and lime juice. Pulse until combined. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set the pesto aside.

Shrimp Red Pepper Pizza Collage

The Pizzas:

Heat olive in a large skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp, sprinkle them with salt, and sear very briefly. The shrimp should sear about 30 seconds per side. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Using a golf-sized piece of dough for each pizza, roll the dough into 4-inch rounds. Lay them on a flour-covered cutting board until you’re ready to use them.

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Before the pizzas go on the grill, be sure to have all of your ingredients ready and sitting right beside the barbecue.

Place the pizza dough rounds on the grill. Depending on the size of your grill, you may have to do this in two batches. Close the lid and grill for about 2 minutes, or until the dough is puffed and there are grill marks on the bottom of each round.

Flip the rounds and press down slightly with the back of a metal spatula to get rid of some of the air inside the dough. Quickly spread 1 tablespoon pesto, 2 shrimp and 1 tablespoon feta cheese one each pizza.

Close the lid and grill until the cheese starts to melt, about 3 more minutes. Remove from the grill and let the pizzas sit for about 5 minutes so that the crust absorbs the olive oil released from the pesto. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve.

Entering Get Grillin':

This week’s theme is appetizers. Remember, your recipes do not have to be made on the grill. Any backyard barbecue-appropriate recipe will do. Here’s what you need to do:

1) Get busy grilling and post your recipe on your blog. For each week’s theme, you can enter up to 3 recipes. Each recipe post is counted as a separate entry for a chance to win a great prize from one of our sponsors. It is fine to use recipes that are previously posted on your blog, as long as you add the info in 3).

If you don’t have a blog, that’s okay. Just leave your recipe in the comments section of our themed post (i.e., on the first day of the theme week). Just do so on either Marla’s or my blog, not both.

2) During the theme week, add the link to your grilling post to the widget on either Family Fresh Cooking or Cookin’ Canuck. You only need to add it on one site, but it will show up on both. Cool, huh? Scroll to the bottom of this post to find the widget.

3) Somewhere in your post, please include the following “Get Grillin’ with Family Fresh Cooking and Cookin’ Canuck, sponsored by Ile de France Cheese, Rösle, Emile Henry, Rouxbe and ManPans.” This must be included for a chance to win the prize of the week.

The giveaway:

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For a chance to win the Rouxbe membership, enter your recipe using the recipe link widget. If you don’t have a blog, then enter your recipe in the comments section. Read below for instructions on earning extra entries.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and will be open until Sunday, June 12 at 5pm PST.

The winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be notified via email, so please make sure your email address is correct. You will have 48 hours to respond to me, or a new winner will be chosen.

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1. Follow Rouxbe on Twitter and re-tweet the giveaway, being sure to include my Twitter handle (@cookincanuck). Here’s a sample tweet you could use:

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We can’t wait to see your recipes!

Mini Grilled Pizzas with Shrimp & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto

Pesto:
2 roasted red peppers, chopped (how to roast your own peppers)
3 tbsp slivered almonds, toasted
1 garlic clove, chopped
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Pizza:
1 recipe of my homemade pizza dough, or store-bought dough
24 medium shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 tsp kosher salt
3/4 cup roasted red pepper pesto
3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup chopped cilantro

The pesto:
Place roasted red bell peppers in the bowl of a food processor. Add slivered almonds, garlic, cilantro, Parmesan cheese, and lime juice. Pulse until combined. While the food processor is running, slowly pour in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Set the pesto aside.

Pizza:
Heat 1 tbsp olive in a large skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp, sprinkle them with salt, and sear very briefly. The shrimp should sear about 30 seconds per side. Remove the shrimp from the skillet and set aside.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Using a golf-sized piece of dough for each pizza, roll the dough into 4-inch rounds. Lay them on a flour-covered cutting board until you’re ready to use them.

Before the pizzas go on the grill, be sure to have all of your ingredients ready and sitting right beside the barbecue.

Place the pizza dough rounds on the grill. Depending on the size of your grill, you may have to do this in two batches. Close the lid and grill for about 2 minutes, or until the dough is puffed and there are grill marks on the bottom of each round.

Flip the rounds and press down slightly with the back of a metal spatula to get rid of some of the air inside the dough. Quickly spread 1 tablespoon pesto, 2 shrimp and 1 tablespoon feta cheese one each pizza.

Close the lid and grill until the cheese melts, about 3 more minutes. Remove from the grill and let the pizzas sit for about 5 minutes so that the crust absorbs the olive oil released from the pesto. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve.

Makes 12 mini pizzas.

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{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina June 5, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Love this idea! So awesome.

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2 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Thanks, Katrina. I hope you’ll share some of your recipes!

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3 Donna June 6, 2011 at 12:21 am

Great event, Dara! Can’t wait to see what everyone makes!

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4 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Thanks, Donna. I can’t wait to try your grilled potatoes.

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5 claudia lamascolo June 6, 2011 at 3:36 am

one of our must haves in summer, we eat them often, grilled pizza is so much fun for the kids to make too! Yours look awesome! great ideas for toppings too!

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6 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

You’re right – my kids love putting their own toppings on.

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7 Jessica @ How Sweet June 6, 2011 at 4:50 am

Just grilled my first pizza last week and it was DELICIOUS! Would love to try this!

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8 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Isn’t the texture of grilled pizza crust fantastic? It’s definitely my preferred way of making pizza.

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9 bellini June 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

Grilled pizza is a favourite so to make it bite size is pure genius.

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10 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 6, 2011 at 6:17 am

i would LOVE to try grilled pizza…and in fact i think we’ll just have to do it this week!

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11 Lori @ RecipeGirl June 6, 2011 at 7:20 am

I love the idea of that pesto sauce, and grilled pizza is the best!

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12 Maria June 6, 2011 at 8:06 am

Pizza on the grill is the best!

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13 Mushrooms Canada June 6, 2011 at 8:38 am

I love homemade pizza! I’m going to admit that I have yet to have a pizza that had shrimp on it… Looks very good though!
– Brittany

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14 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

We adore pizza with shrimp. Great taste and something a little different than the regular toppings.

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15 Kate@Diethood June 6, 2011 at 9:04 am

Grilled pizza is sooo good!! I’ve never had one with shrimp, but will definitely try it.

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16 Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

These mini pizzas are so cute, but they also sound delicious! Love that roasted red pepper pesto!

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17 Eva June 6, 2011 at 10:05 am

That sound excellent! What a great way to make miniature pizzas, awesome idea. The toppings are fantastic too!

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18 Marla June 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

Dara these pizzas look wonderful! Wish I had some today for lunch….
Yay us for kicking off the first week of Get Grillin’
It is so fun seeing all these delicious appetizer recipes.

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19 Celeste Jenkins June 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

Ooo! I am grilling pizzas for dinner tonight and this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

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20 Nancy@acommunaltable June 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

Love this idea and can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with – I definitely am ready for some new grilled appetizer recipes!!
I love the size (and toppings!!) of these little pizzas – can’t wait to make these this summer!!

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21 Amy | She Wears Many Hats June 6, 2011 at 11:55 am

Delish! I can just think of all kinds of things to make mini pizza with – perfect for a youth party.

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22 Jenny Flake June 6, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Love this! You are Marla are superwomen, love that you organized this fun event!!

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23 Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker June 6, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Yum! I just had pizza over the weekend at a restaurant with pesto as the sauce and topped with mushrooms, onions and olives – it was delicious!

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24 Gabby@foodchowdown June 6, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve been looking for a new recipe to make with shrimp. This sounds so good!

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25 Belinda @zomppa June 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

These are so elegant (and yummy!) – great way to raise the bar at any BBQ.

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26 Liz June 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

What a fun event! And the pizzas look fabulous~love the bell pepper pesto…mmmm.

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27 Kristina @ spabettie June 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

we grill pizza often, it’s so good that way!

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28 Kristina @ spabettie June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I entered two recipes (had three, took down caprese skewers after seeing someone already entered one, oops!) :)

I also added the widget to the posts.

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29 Wenderly June 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Love this idea! How fun! Those darling little pizzas looks so perfect for so many things! We LOVE to grill pizza!

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30 Diane {Created by Diane} June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I follow rouxbe on twitter :)

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31 Diane {Created by Diane} June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I follow you on twitter :)

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32 Diane {Created by Diane} June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I follow marla on twitter too :)

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33 Barbara | Creative Culinary June 6, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Thanks for reminding me to include my Grilled Corn Salsa but the bonus for me…this dish and the whole list of other great summer appetizers.

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34 Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot) June 6, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Hi Dara!,
I was delighted to have you suggest I submit a recipe, so of course I did! I often like ‘mini’ anything, and the pizzas look just my size. ;-).

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35 Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen June 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Mmmm..these mini pizzas sound delicious! I love that they are made on the grill! :)

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36 Tracy June 6, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Lovely appetizer – can’t wait to try it!!

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37 Jazz Rules June 7, 2011 at 12:59 am

Pizza makes the world go ’round!

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38 Amanda N - Wine and a Spoon June 7, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh how I wish my husband wasn’t allergic to shellfish. *sniff* We make grilled pizza all the time (we have a Big Green Egg) and nothing’s better! I usually buy my pesto, but I think I’ll try this one. We make mini pizzas in our toaster oven sometimes, but we use English muffins as the base. Super fast and easy.

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39 Evan @swEEts June 7, 2011 at 9:50 am

Well we love the grill for sure and we love pizza so this is a must! Not to mention we just bought some shrimp at the grocery last night! Perfection :)

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40 Claire June 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm

These are just the cutest little things I ever did see!!

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41 Bakerbynature June 7, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I think these would last about 3 minutes in my house; they look so flavorful and fun!

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42 Megan June 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm

I’ve yet to grill pizza. I gotta change that this Summer!

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43 Krissyp June 8, 2011 at 5:57 am

These look great, I love light summer dinners. The roasted pepper pesto is a great addition. I’m going to try this with a white wine dough that I make…tonight. Thanks for sharing.

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44 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. June 8, 2011 at 6:23 am

this looks great. Hello from Italy

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45 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) June 8, 2011 at 6:59 am

Thanks, Alison. I hope you’re having a fantastic trip!

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46 Katherine June 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Like Rouxbe on FB! (Katherine M). This pizza looks amazing. I want to just make the red pepper pesto and put it on everything!

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47 sara June 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Yummy, these little pizzas look terrific! I’m not sure I’ve ever had shrimp on pizza, but it sounds really good, especially with that red pepper sauce…I’m totally addicted to roasted red peppers!

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48 Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies June 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm

These look so good. I’ve never had grilled pizza and am now thinking of making them this weekend. But I will have to leave the nuts out so my 1 yr old can enjoy them too! Thx for another amazing recipe Dara! My husband is loving all these new recipes I try from your blog :)

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49 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) June 10, 2011 at 9:51 am

I just entered, yay, but if I could vote now it would be for these mini pizzas. These wouldn’t last long at any party.

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50 The Cilantropist June 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Of course I follow you on Twitter! :)

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51 The Cilantropist June 11, 2011 at 8:34 pm

And… I also follow Marla on Twitter!

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52 TheFromagette June 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

So fun to check these out as they roll in! Tops on my list to try is Cilanthropist Peach Chipotle Salsa & Gaby’s Pull Apart Pizza Monkey Bread – YUM!!

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53 Darla @ Bakingdom July 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Mmm! Love grilled pizza! Never thought of doing minis, great idea!

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