Honeymoon Pizza

You will love this pizza.  My mouth waters just thinking about it…  And the story behind it is just about as good!

Honeymoon Pizza

As you may have guessed, this pizza was inspired by a meal my husband and I enjoyed on our honeymoon.  We stayed in Victoria, British Columbia for 10 beautiful days.  The weather was amazing, the sights were breathtaking… it was an excellent choice for one whose skin tone does not appreciate sandy beaches.

We rented this apartment in the top floor of a carriage house.  It was walking distance from the harbor and many downtown attractions.  The owner of the house was hosting a wine tasting party during our stay, and invited us to come along.  We thoroughly enjoyed the party and met quite the cast of characters.  In particular was this British woman, who had sampled her share of wine.  She went on and on about food, eventually promising to bake us one of her famous cakes (which she pronounced “keck”), as a wedding gift.   It also happened that her son owned a brewpub downtown.  She insisted we try out his place.

Thus, CANOE is where we ended up the next day for lunch.  We enjoyed a few beers and my husband convinced me to share their “Sweet Chili and Prawn Flatbread”.  I was skeptical… it sounded strange, and I couldn’t imagine how the flavors would blend together.  And I, being from a small town with no restaurants (or stoplights for that matter), had a hard time imagining a pizza without your typical tomato-based sauce.

When the flatbread arrived, I was still unsure.  It was topped with curly endive and didn’t look like anything I had eaten before.  But then… I tasted it…  and I was in orbit!  I wanted to finish the flatbread myself, and did not feel like sharing with my new husband.  We hungrily finished the flatbread, and I vowed that I would do my best to recreate this curiosity at home.

It took me the first year-and-a-half of our marriage to get the ingredient quantities just right.  This is my (twentieth?) incarnation of that flatbread… My husband agrees that this tastes the closest to that flatbread, if not better!  I hope you savor it as much as we do.

Come to think of it, that lady never did bake us a “keck” like she promised.  I’m still curious to this day exactly what this famous “keck” of hers entailed.  Anyway, back to the “Honeymoon Pizza”…

You will need:

A thin pizza crust, about 14” in diameter.  I recommend a homemade crust for this one.

Pizza Dough

3 slices of thick cut bacon.  Use a nice, smoky bacon.

Bacon

A half-pound of uncooked, peeled, and deveined shrimp.

Shrimp

A small handful of fresh cilantro (do not use dried!).

Cilantro

Shredded mozzarella and provolone cheese.

Cheese

Sweet chili sauce.  I like Mae Ploy brand best… not too sweet, not too hot.  Just right!

Sweet Chili Sauce

Gather all of your ingredients around before you get started.  You’ll want to cook the bacon first.  Cook it until it is almost done.  It will finish cooking slightly in the oven.  If you crisp up the bacon on the stove, it will be burnt on the pizza.  Trust me… you want your bacon to be a little underdone.

Chop up the shrimp into uniform, bite-sized pieces.  They should be about dime- or nickel-sized.  Since we’re not precooking the shrimp, they need to be small enough to cook in the oven in the time it takes the cheese to melt, but big enough so that you can taste them!

Give the cilantro a rough chop, too.

Cilantro

And if you don’t have provolone to shred, or didn’t purchase shredded provolone, no worries.  Use two slices of provolone and slice them into little strings like I did.  They’ll melt just as wonderfully.

Provolone

Pre-bake the pizza crust if necessary.  Top with sweet chili sauce, and spread it around with a spoon or a brush.

Crust with Sauce

Top with bacon, cilantro, shrimp, and cheeses.  I usually layer in that order.  This is NOT the time to go overboard with toppings.

Ready to Bake

Bake according to the crust’s recipe.  Alternatively, if you’re unsure of what the crust requires, bake the pizza at your oven’s highest temperature for about 8 to 10 minutes.  Check on it around 5 or so to see how things are going.  Remove it from the oven when the cheese is bubbly and golden brown and the shrimp has cooked.

Ready to Eat

Slice it into 8 pieces, and try not to eat all of them by yourself.

Honeymoon Pizza

Honeymoon Pizza

Yield: 4 servings

1 14? thin pizza crust
3 slices of thick cut, smoked bacon
1/2 lb uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/3-1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
1/4 cup shredded provolone cheese (2 slices)
1 1/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook bacon until slightly undercooked. Cut bacon and shrimp into bite-sized pieces. Spread crust with sweet chili sauce. Top with bacon, shrimp, cilantro, and cheeses. Bake as directed with crust. Alternatively, bake at oven’s top temperature for about 8 to 10 minutes. Garnish with curly endive if desired.

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11 thoughts on “Honeymoon Pizza”

  1. We tried this tonight and it was yummy!! I couldn’t find the sweet chili sauce you mentioned, so we used Frank’s sweet chili instead.

  2. I came across this a few months ago & have been dying to make it ever since. I also used Frank’s as I was unable to find Mae Ploy & it still came out WONDERFUL- My man loved it! Will definitely be making this again.

    Also looking forward to making your Cheeseburger Soup when it gets cooler (we’ve been over 100 for the last few weeks- sadly too hot for soup for me).

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! I am going to have to look for Frank’s sweet chili and try it out. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it in store, but I love their hot pepper sauce!

      It’s been over 100 degrees here lately, too. Definitely not soup weather!

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