Here’s something for the couple that wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day but doesn’t want to go out to eat, after a long Valentine’s Day, at work.
5 or 6 large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 or 5 cloves of garlic, mashed
1 tsp red chili flakes
3 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs clarified butter (I used a garlic dipping sauce from a recent pizza delivery)
1 uncooked, spicy Italian sausage
1 Tbs butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup dried Parmesan cheese (straight from the can!)
2 ounces sliced Mozzarella cheese
a few black olives, pitted and sliced
3 green onions, chopped
prepared pizza dough (follow the recipe of your choice)
Prepare the pizza dough and let it rise. While the dough rises, prepare the other ingredients.
Slice the shrimp in half, lengthwise. Marinate the shrimp in olive oil, garlic and red chili flakes.
Pan fry the Italian sausage and chop into small pieces. Set aside.
chop the green onion and set aside.
In a medium sized skillet, add the clarified butter and butter. Simmer at low heat to melt the butter. Add the heavy cream and mix, briefly. Turn the heat up to medium to thicken the cream sauce. Add the Parmesan cheese and gently whisk to combine. Remove from the heat when the sauce is thick and creamy.
After the dough has risen, roll out the dough out on a floured surface. Spread the dough into a circle. With a pastry cutter, slice a triangular wedge from the rim of the pizza dough. Curl the edges of the dough with your fingers and form the tip of the heart, on the opposite side of the triangular cut. Curl the edges of the dough in the cut area to form the top of the heart.
I prebake pizza dough in the oven at 400° F for about 10 minutes and then remove to add toppings.
Pour some of the olive oil marinade onto the prebaked dough and spread it across the dough. Add the raw shrimp and mashed garlic. Add the Mozzarella cheese slices and chopped, cooked sausage. Top with sliced black olives and green onions.
Bake until the cheese begins to brown.
Slice and serve!
Happy belated Valentine’s Day!