Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Upstate NY Style Shrimp Margarita Pizza with Fresh Pizza Dough Recipe

One of my favorite all time pizza's is Margarita Pizza this was my mom's dough recipe,  with our favorite topping! Her name was Margaret, coincidence?  I see online some use a "H" in Margarita, sounded more like a Mexican name for an Italian Pizza.... either way I am ok with it ...(smile)
So this one's for you Margaret, where ever you are up there... Love you always~ RIP
Easy to make, nothing like homemade dough, especially if you use a heavy duty mixer... I cheat!  Mom use to do everything by hand, it amazed me how light and perfect her dough was... nothing ever comes out quite like she made it.. She would have loved these toppings, shrimp was her favorite too... But you can put whatever you like on it... the original way is just fresh tomatoes and fresh basil...
Pizza Dough

4 1/2 cups bread flour or all purpose flour
1 package dry yeast dissolved in 2 cups luke warm water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 tablespoons olive oil

12 shrimps cleaned, deveined with  tails off or more if you like
2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons melted butter
olive oil
2 beefsteak tomatoes thinly sliced
fresh basil leaves
oregano, salt, pepper
grating cheese

Mix all ingredients in large mixer with dough hook, mix until dough forms a ball, knead until smooth and elastic, add more flour if dough is sticky, this should not be dry but a firm ball. Rise in a bowl covered with a wet towel, until doubled in size in warm spot, away from draft....    Stretch dough out on a lightly greased pan, brush top of dough with olive oil. Brush with butter, add garlic, oregano. Top with mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, shrimps on top then basil. Salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle top with grating cheese and more dried oregano.
  Bake on 430 degree oven till browned on top. Around 25 minutes or more depending on how crispy you like it.

Add the fresh basil after it's cooked so much more flavorful, it won't be black from cooking~

Mom and me. This was her favorite singer, Dean Martin (above) a funny clip from the Classic Movie,  "The Caddy" That'sa Amore'
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