Thin Crust Shrimp and Clam Pizza

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I have no idea what I was so worried about.

Oh wait, yes I do. This is a WEIRD pizza, you guys. Weird good! Weird good!

But let me tell you about my little journey that brought me where I am today. I spent like, so many thousands of hours on the Google researching different types of seafood pizzas that my eyeballs flipped me off and fell out of my head. I wanted to make a light, New England-y seafood pizza with shrimp and clams. And Old Bay seasoning.

Sounds like a frickin’ turkey shoot, right?

GUESS AGAIN, LITTLE BUNNY.

Okay, no one was pairing clams with Old Bay. And a lot of pizzas had a creamy béchamel sauce going on, but I was too lazy for that sort of riff raff. And If I’m using Old Bay should I add corn and potatoes, like a boil? But then the clam thing doesn’t really makes sense…and speaking of clams, the lazy boat carried me to the canned aisle and not the fresh counter. Will my life be ruined forever? And oh! Is mozzarella cheese going to even taste right with seafood? And by the way, my crust is garlic-herb. Am I going to be dragged out into the street and tarred and feathered for all the TOWN FOLKS TO WITNESS!?

So I did 11 hours of yoga and poured a bucket of lavender essential oil on my head and calmed the freak down.

It’s just pizza, for clammin’ out loud.

I went simple. Olive oil, a light sprinkling of mozzarella, Old Bay seared shrimp and clams from a can. And of course a wee bit of fresh basil to tie it all together.

And it WORKED.

Subtle hints of the sea mixed with the salty Old Bay flavor, oh man. Yeah. Simple is good. Simple doth ruleth. Simple can sit shotgun.

Thin Crust Shrimp and Clam Pizza:

Let’s take a moment to notice the difference in the above pizza’s shape vs. the below pizza’s shape. There was a mishap in the transfer. But there was absolutely zero profanity whatsoever, mom. None at all. AT all.

I’m only 100% lying.

SEA ya later! (You didn’t seriously think I wouldn’t take advantage of a pun like that, did you?)

What it took for 2 10-inch rustic pizzas:

* 1 pound pizza dough (I used garlic and herb) cut in half
* 20 extra-large shrimps, thawed, peeled and deveined
* 1 Tbs. Old Bay seasoning
* 1 (10 oz) can whole clams, drained
* 4 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
* 8 basil leaves, sliced in a chiffonade

Preheat oven to 350.

Toss the shrimp with the Old Bay seasoning.

On a floured surface, roll out each dough ball to form a rustic pizza. It will be pretty thin, which is awesome.

Heat 2 Tbs. oil in a medium skillet, add the shrimp and sear for 2 minutes on 1 side. Flip and sear 30 more seconds. Remove from skillet and set aside.

Brush each crust with a Tbs. oil, then sprinkle the cheese on top. Sprinkle the clams evenly over each crust, followed by the shrimpies. Maybe a little more cheese too.

Bake each pizza 12-15 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is golden brown.

Garnish with the basil leaves. Heck, give it one more drizzle of oil. And fresh parmesan!

Slice and demolish.

* I didn’t include salt in the ingredient list because Old Bay is REALLY salty. It will carry. But, if you want you could always sprinkle a tad over the entire pie at the very end. ‘Sup to you.

* Next time I’m totes using fresh clams. The canned ones were fine, but just imagine the pimpness with fresh. I know.

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23 Responses to Thin Crust Shrimp and Clam Pizza

  1. Katie January 13, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    The pizza is here!!! I really wish you would make this for me because I’m sort of scared of seafood – but I might just put my big girl pants on and try this because it looks so dang good.

  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 13, 2012 at 2:14 pm #

    My husband would FLIP his sh$t if he saw this. He has a slight obsession with clam pizza. And by slight I mean bordering mental institution. We don’t “do” Valentine’s day but I’m thinking this could win me some points ;)

  3. Julie @ Table for Two January 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    oh heck yes! I remember tweeting about this with you the other night..amazing. I’m so glad you did it — it looks awesome!! :)

  4. Laurie {Simply Scratch} January 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Bev. i love you.

  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweets January 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

    Looks like your idea turned out quite tasty! Good on ya!

  6. hilah January 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm #

    My favorite part is when your eyeballs flipped you off.
    Then after that, I like how you put the clams IN A JAR for photography’s sake.
    Also, this pizza looks THE BOMB. (Not sure that’s the correct usage of that phrase.)

  7. Cassie January 13, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I just choked on my coffee. this. is. amazin’.

  8. Britt @ The Magnolia Pair January 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    Ooh yummm! Everything about this lookss so good! A little nervous about the clams, but i must give it a try first!

    xo.Britt The Magnolia Pair

    :)

  9. Kathryn January 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I actually saw a can of old bay seasoning in the american grocery store near here today and wondered if you’d made this pizza or not. It looks pretty darn good!

  10. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com January 13, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    What an amazing pizza! I love thin crust pizza’s with so much of pizzazz :D

  11. Deanna B. January 13, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    I love clam pizza but mine always ends up looking so ugly because I roll the crust super thin, then it sticks to the pizza peel, and then I curse and scramble to get the toppings back on the pizza before they burn on the bricks.

    I have no issues with clams in a can. I think they’re life savers. Sometimes Asian grocery stores sell (whole) cooked clam meat in the freezer section. Handy for when you want people to think you cooked the clams yourself.

  12. nicole {sweet peony} January 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    it’s so weird! and pretty! and it looks gosh-darn amazing! glad it all worked out :)

  13. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    the only kind of pizzas I like to eat are ones with really thin and really crispy crusts! This baby looks perfect!

  14. Wenderly January 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Can I just say that I SHORE do love this pizza. And you.

  15. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum January 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm #

    Your shrimp are always super pretty… Do you buy them at a fresh seafood market or something? If so, I’m jealous. And if not, I’m still jealous. This looks fab.

  16. Jil DiRenzo January 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it. Also I LOVE your little puns and stories. Cooking “with” you is fun! :)

  17. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. January 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    wow love this! Have a great weekend!!!

  18. Deborah January 15, 2012 at 5:18 am #

    I am all over this one. And it’s impossible for me to find fresh clams here, so I’m totally ok with the canned ones!

  19. Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} January 16, 2012 at 6:27 am #

    I love your weird pizza! It’s making my stomach growl!

  20. Jaden January 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Looooooooooove!!!!!

  21. Aggie January 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    This is absolutely amazing!!!!! You outdid yourself here. LOVE!

    My dad has owned a pizza shop most my life. He had a seafood pizza on his menu that was unbelievable. This is the perfect homemade version of it. I didn’t eat it enough at the restaurant and am totally missing it right now. Am going to make this FOR SURE.

  22. Forrest April 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Ya know, keep finding stuff like this and I’m going to have to start liking making food as much as I like making model trains and model rockets.

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