Mexican Shrimp Pizza!

Last summer, I was still trying to impress the ladyfriend with my culinary skills, and was hunting through Food Dimensions in Bushwick trying to come up with something that would make a most romantical dinner.  The operative words here, in case you couldn’t guess, are “Food Dimensions”, “Bushwick”, and “Romantical”.  You may be able to appreciate my dilemma here.  Fortunately, Aphrodite, Eros, and Hermes (that’s the Greek god of invention, FYI) smiled upon me that day, in the form of the following items that happened to be on sale: tortillas, roma tomatoes, and shrimp.  How could I fashion these simple ingredients into something most, well, impressive and romantical?  The answer was clear: Mexican Shrimp Pizzas.  Thanks, Hermes.  I owe you one.

Mexican Shrimp Pizzas

Making them is a several step process, but relatively simple (and none of which involve a 24 oz. can of Coors, but it never hurts to have one of those guys along). We’re not giving specific proportions, as the recipe is flexible and everything below can be made to your taste and the amount of people you are serving. The elements of these keep well for a few days and Mexican Shrimp Pizzas can easily be assembled for a quick week night dinner.

Ingredients:

Corn tortillas

Plum tomatoes,

Shrimp,

Beans (or canned refried beans or black beans to save time),

Cotilla cheese or queso fresco (optional),

Avocados

Onions

Garlic

Cilantro

Salt n’ Peppa

Limes

Vegetable oil

Onion and garlic powder

Cumin and corriander

Red pepper flakes

Hot sauce (optional).

Start by chopping the vegetables: Dice the tomatoes and half a tomatillo, finely dice the onions, crush the garlic with a garlic press, chop the cilantro and peel the avocados.

For the guacamole: combine avocados, garlic, tomatillo, salt, cilantro and lime juice in a medium and mush together with a fork or potato masher. Save the avocados pits and keep in the guac until you are ready to assemble the pizzas to keep it from turning brown.

For the beans: saute a small amount of the onions and garlic, add beans, add salt, pepper, cumin and coriander. Heat until warm and bubbling. Add water as necessary to keep them from drying out.

For the tortillas: heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Fry each tortilla over medium heat for 5 minutes on one side and 2 minutes on the other, or until golden brown on each side. Add salt. Stack on plate covered with paper towel.  The most useful utensils for turning the tortillas in a hot pan with oil is two dinner forks, I’ve found.

For the shrimp: simultaneously combine in a hot pan diced onions and garlic,  and shrimp (shelled). While you are frying them add onion and garlic powder and red pepper flakes and a little bit of Tapatio or favorite hot sauce. Cook until shrimp are pink and cooked through and the onions, etc. are sticking to the shrimp.

Assembling the Shrimp Pizza

Assembly: Take the fried tortilla and spread the beans on it, add a guacamole layer, then add a shrimp layer, and top with a plum tomato layer. Place the “pizza” on a baking sheet. Crumble the optional cheese on top and broil on high until the cheese is toasty and brown. Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro. Squeeze lime juice over the top and add your favorite hot sauce if you desire.  See top photo.  Can be eaten whole or sliced into quarters to make Mexican Shrimp Pizza slices

Romantitude achieved.  Sweet.

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About 2cooksinthekitchen

Two cooks, one from Bushwick and a passionate meat-eater, one from Sunset Park and a former vegan, and both NYC transplants, set out to share original recipes that can be made dairy free and vegan deserts; showcase culinary resources in the outer boroughs (and sometimes Manhattan) where one can find unique, specific and fairly priced ingredients; and participate wholeheartedly in the many cultures of cooking and eating that make up New York City.
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