Trapanese Pesto Pizza with Shrimp and Kale

Weeeeell okay.

I mean if we muuuust have the pizza today then so be it. It is Friday after all and correct me if I’m wrong but in the How To Live Life Correctly and Not Like a God Forsaken Idiot handbook, isn’t this rule on page, like, ONE? I think I read it there. Or in the foreword.

But this here pizza is kind of a big deal. Get this. Remember the trapanese pesto we slurped on Monday? Well, I thought I’d flex its flavor usage muscles (ew?) and use it as a base for pizza and show you today, whut whuuuut.

This is called BOOKENDING.


I got so excited and said to Aaron, “Oooo, I’m going to post the pesto on Monday and then show it again on a pizza on Friday! Ya know, bookending!” He didn’t even look up from his laptop, “You really amuse yourself, don’t you?”

Me, “What? Hahaha, noooo. Hahaha..ha….ha.” But I totally had my fingers crossed behind my back so really the JOKE IS ON HIM.


Can I tell you something else I’m excited about right now? Okay you know my obsession for singing and musicals and dancing and acting like an obnoxious 5-year old? Which I’m sure there is a rule forbidding this behavior in the How To Live Life Correctly and Not Like a God Forsaken Idiot handbook as well, but we CAN’T FOLLOW THE RULES ALL THE TIME.

Well, my parents are in town right now and they are taking us to see Peter Pan tonight. P.E.T.E.R. P.A.N. Like, the live touring musical with Cathy Rigby. Yeah. My giddy pants are pretty much lined with crack.

Okay so the trapanese pesto is so flamin’ good on this because it’s already packed with such depth and flava flave (I just broke another rule in HTLLCANLAGFI, didn’t I?), you’re liable to spiral straight up out of control and resort back to slurping before anyone can even stop what’s happening. Hey I’m just warning you.

Hmmm, I wonder if they would strap me to a harness and wires and let me fly around Never NeverLand tonight after the show.

Don’t break the rules. Just eat.

Trapanese Pesto Pizza with Shrimp and Kale:

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
* 1/2 pound extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 1/2 cup diced zucchini
* 2 cups chopped kale
* 2 naan breads (flavor is your choice!)
* 1/2 cup (roughly) trapanese pesto
* 1/3 cup fresh parmesan shavings
* coarse salt and pepper

Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 400.

Heat the oil in a large skillet and add the shrimp. Season with salt and pepper and sear on one side for 2 minutes. Flip and sear 30 seconds to a minute more. Remove from skillet and set aside.

To the pan (add a little more oil if needed) add the zucchini. Season with salt and pepper and sauté until it starts to soften and brown. Add the kale and sauté until it wilts, another minute or two.

Spread the pesto over each naan bread. Top with kale, zucchini and shrimp. Loosely arrange the parmesan shavings over each pizza and slide her in the oven. Bake about 15 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the crust is golden brown. Check at the 10-minute mark. I don’t want it to burn and you end up cursing my name.

Remove from oven, gaze at it lovingly for a few minutes, and then drizzle with a little more oil, to finish.

Slice and inhale!

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27 Responses to Trapanese Pesto Pizza with Shrimp and Kale

  1. Maria July 27, 2012 at 8:22 am #
    Perfect for pizza Friday!
  2. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 27, 2012 at 8:24 am #
    Ahhhh! I can't believe you're going to see Peter Pan! I used to LOVE that video with her as a kid. So fun! And this looks stellar! I just like saying "trapanese"... :)
  3. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts July 27, 2012 at 8:28 am #
    Gorgeous pizza for Friday, or any night!
  4. Villy @ For the love of Feeding July 27, 2012 at 8:51 am #
    I'm considering making this "Pizza-Friday" a thing in my house.. Hmm.. It looks delicious Bev!
  5. Tracey Evans July 27, 2012 at 9:05 am #
    Looks great! I love Kale & Shrimp together. Question for you Bev. What brand pan are you using? I noticed you have a ceramic glass cooktop in some of your pictures. I have one too and sometimes my nonstick pans get uneven and warp on the bottom and won't sit even. Do you ever have this problem? Thanks! :)
  6. Cassie July 27, 2012 at 9:51 am #
    I love Peter Pan, have so much fun!
  7. Heather @ Heather's Dish July 27, 2012 at 10:35 am #
    so yeah...i'd have about ZERO self control around this pizza!
  8. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 27, 2012 at 11:16 am #
    Oh my - what a wonderful pizza! I need to try this ASAP!
  9. JulieD July 27, 2012 at 11:19 am #
    Wow, I love the flavors going on here! I'm making this the next time I whip up some pizza dough!!
  10. Karen @ The Food Charlatan July 27, 2012 at 11:31 am #
    Ooh this is different! love it!
  11. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 27, 2012 at 12:08 pm #
    you come up with the prettiest & best pizzas!
  12. Kat July 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm #
    How quickly you have moved on from Phillip Phillips...nary a mention in forevah!
    • Bev Weidner July 30, 2012 at 10:26 am #
      I knowwwwwww. I was afraid that my incessant talk of him was going to start driving you guys away. I still obsess behind closed doors though. Oh, I sure do. ;)
  13. anju July 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm #
    loved the idea of kale in pizza
  14. Julie @ Table for Two July 28, 2012 at 2:19 pm #
    please deliver this to my mouth
  15. Amy @ The Blond Cook July 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm #
    Oh my! Pizza is my weakness...shrimp & kale sounds (and looks) awesome. What a great combination...thanks!
  16. Melanie @ Easy Recipes With Pictures July 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm #
    For some reason, I never had shrimp on a pizza. That sounds really tasty, I'll surely have to try it!
  17. Sawsan (Chef in disguise) July 30, 2012 at 3:24 am #
    Peter pan! you are really lucky! I love the idea of the pizza, quick, easy and loaded with flavor!
  18. claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 30, 2012 at 9:33 am #
    I'll take 6 of them with a bottle of your finest 2 buck chuck. :) YUM!!
  19. Deborah July 30, 2012 at 10:01 am #
    I'd love a slice or two!
  20. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out July 30, 2012 at 9:45 pm #
    Yum!! I hope you had fun at the show! I was a theatre kid in high school and still get giddy any time I get to go see a show! My hs did Peter Pan the year after I graduated...I was kind of (ok, very) sad I didn't get a chance to fly!
  21. Javelin Warrior August 2, 2012 at 11:08 pm #
    I don't think I've ever had a shrimp pizza before but I would definitely try a slice of this! It looks so good and I love the addition of healthy kale... I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I love the inspiration I get from your food…
  22. Anonymous August 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm #
    Can you (gasp) BUY the pesto? Sort of in a hurry, but want to make this. Don't judge.
    • Bev Weidner August 29, 2014 at 6:50 am #
      You can aaaabsolutely buy the pesto! No judgin' here.


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