Crust’s Garlic Shrimp Pizza

One of the selling points of this top Italian restaurant was the range of toppings. There was more than just your basic meat feasts and cheese pizzas here. Some were a little bizarre, as I am sure I recall the word Tequila being used at some point. Others found the balance between unusual and inviting. The garlic shrimp pizza was an example of the latter.

If there was one element of the Crust menu that no one could complain about, it was the pizza. There was an odd comment about a pizza going to the wrong table or billed at the to-go price. However, those dining within the atmosphere of Crust couldn’t complain about the flavors and the quality of the meal.

Recreating The Garlic Shrimp Pizza At Home

The closure of Crust meant that we were no longer able to enjoy this option in our favorite Italian restaurant. We decided that while the to-go pizza was a fun treat, something was appealing about making our own at home. Then we put two and two together and attempted a garlic shrimp option in homage to the former restaurant.

The old Crust menu informed us that we needed the following ingredients:

  • Parmesan
  • Garlic cream
  • Shrimp
  • Caramelized onion
  • Mozzarella
  • Parsley

We Then Found A Recipe Online That Asked For The Following For Its Topping

Garlic Shrimp Pizza

  • 2 tbsp of butter
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Four cloves of garlic
  • ΒΌ onion
  • 1 lb of small shrimp
  • 1 tbsp of fresh parsley
  • the juice of the lemon
  • 6 tbsp of alfredo sauce
  • 1 cup of shredded Colby Jack cheese
  • 5-6 provolone slices
  • Three slices of bacon

We wanted to stay as authentic as possible, so we ditched the bacon and provolone and swapped the cheese for mozzarella and Parmesan. We kept the alfredo sauce as a substitute for the cream to ensure that the dish wasn’t too dry.

The garlic shrimp pizza topping was easy enough to put together. The first step was to saute the garlic and onion in the butter and olive oil. This only takes around 5 minutes so be sure to keep an eye on it.

Then you stir in the shrimp and cook for another 4 minutes. The lemon juice and parsley are added off the heat for extra flavor. Spread the sauce over the dough base and add the shrimp mixture. Then add the two different kinds of cheese on top. Bake the pizza for 7-10 minutes.

The dough base can be handled in two ways. You can either make one from scratch or buy a pre-made one to save time. The former depends on your dough making skills and the equipment at hand. A food mixer with a dough hook can make short work of a mixture. All you need for the ingredients are 2 cups of flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and some water.

It is up to you how complicated you want this garlic shrimp pizza recipe to be. I suggest saving time to start with the store-bought base and concentrating on getting that topping right. It could take a few goes to recreate Crust’s recipe, but this is still a tasty version.