2/16/2011

Pizza de gambas con ajo "bravas".




One of my all time favorite Spanish tapa's would have to be "Gambas con ajo" or garlic shrimp. Being that I try to make my kids homemade pizza at least once a week yesterday just happened to be pizza day but I on the other hand was craving gambas con ajo. So, I put my brain to work and came up with this Spanish influeced pizza. The dough, sauce, and cheese was anough to make two pizzas. So if you have picky eaters like me you can make a grown up pizza and a plain cheese pizza for your kids.



Dough
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup pastry flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
For the pizza
100 grams motzarella cheese
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese

Sauce and shrimp recipe follows


Directions
Sift your flour, sugar, and salt. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine the yeast, with a pinch of sugar and 3 tablespoons of water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 3 to 5 minutes.

If you're using a stand mixer combine your water and half of your flour mix and beat until a cake like batter is formed. Add your oil, and yeast mix and beat for 1 minute, gradually add the remainder of your flour.

When the dough starts to come together, increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough gathers into a ball. This should take about 2 minutes. Stop the machine periodically to scrape the dough off the hook.

Feel the dough as you're making it by squeezing a small amount together between your thumb and fingers. If it's crumbly, add more water, if it's sticky, add more flour, 1tablespoon at a time. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a few times, kneading until it's smooth and elastic.

Form the dough into a round and put it into a lightly oiled bowl, turning it over to coat the dough entirely with the oil. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in size.



Gambas con ajo
10 large shrimp
10 to 15 large shrimp
2 garlic cloves (minced)
1 small onion (grated)
1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1 small green chili finely diced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 zucchini (grated)
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
While the dough is rising and before you make your sauce prepare the shimp to give them time to marinate. In a bowl combine your shrimp with your minced garlic, grated onion, paprika, finely chopped chili, 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover and set aside.


Easy pizza sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 large tomatoes
3 garlic cloves
3 tablespoons finely choped onion
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon tyme
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Finely dice your onions and mince your garlic. Set aside. Peel 1 tomato and chop in small pieces. Cut the other 2 tomatoes in half and grate in a cheese grater by hand. Hold the tomato tight, you will see only the flesh going through the grater and the skin will remain in your hand. Heat your olive oil over medium low heat and add your onions. Sprinkle some salt and cook until the onions become translucent. Add your garlic and chopped tomatoes and cook for approximately 2 minutes. Now you can add the oregano, tyme, bay leaf, grated tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste. Add the tomato paste and water and cook until the water has almost evaporated making a thick pizza sauce and all the ingredients are well cooked. Remove the bay leaf before your place the sauce on your pizza.




How to assemble your pizza
Once the dough has risen, and the sauce has slightly cooled down. Place the shrimp with the marinate in a non stick pan and cook on both side (about 2 minutes on each side) until the shrimp turns into light pink. Remember the shrimp will continue to cook in the oven, so don't overcook. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside. Roll out your pizza dough using cornmeal or flour to prevent from sticking to your working surface. Place the rolled out dough onto your baking pan and cover for 10 to 15 minutes before assembling. Once the pizza has rested add the sauce and spread evenly. Grate your zucchini over the sauce and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Top the pizza with motzarella cheese, place the shrimp over the cheese and sprinkle with parmesan. Bake until the crust is medium golden on the bottom and edges of the pizza. Note, I made two pizzas with this recipe. One plain with cheese using the same sauce and the other with the zucchini and shrimp.





3 comments:

Noor said...

mashAllah this looks good.

Dalia said...

Wow! Looks amazing! Mmmm

Dalia said...

Looks amazing! Mmm

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