chilli and garlic prawn pizza with zucchini and mozzarella soaked in cream

by Sam on July 25, 2011

Since discovering the beautiful, creamy and freshest mozzarella from Puglia cheese, and then tearing it up into chunks and soaking it in cream before using it, its the only way I like to make the base of my home made pizza’s. You could also just buy Burrata, which is much the same thing but a bit more expensive.

I really love the Woolies ready made pizza bases both from a convenience and taste perspective.  Its really only worthwhile making your own if you are making a lot #pizzaparty.

What you need to make these:

  • pizza bases either ready made or you could try the Jamie Oliver pizza dough recipe I have on this blog.
  •  tomato puree (enough to cover each base) – I use tin or jarred
  • 250gm mozzarella ball (either buffalo mozzarella or the Puglia cows milk mozzarella) 1 ball can be divided to make 2 medium pizzas (or 1 very indulgent one)
  • cream to cover the ball and soak (about 125ml) – soak before for a min of an hour or overnight (the left over cream can then be used in another dish)
  • zucchini, sliced thinly with a potato peeler and then shredded (about 3 small per pizza)
  • 6 – 8 prawns per pizza ( I used whole prawns which I cut of the head and tail and de-vein)
  • 1 clove of garlic and a small green chilli per pizza
  • olive oil (I used basil infused)
  • juice from half a lemon

How to make these:

  • pre heat your oven to 200 degrees (for the ready made bases)
  • spread a thin layer of the tomato puree over the base
  • shave the zucchini with a potato peeler and then cut into thin strips. Place in a bowl and toss with a bit of olive oil (I love the Verlaque basil infused olive oil) and a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper
  • in another bowl, mix the praws with the garlic, chilli, a squeeze of lemon juice and olive oil and heat a pan
  • very quickly fry the prawns in the pan with the sauce just until they take on colour but not cooked through
  • break up the pre soaked mozzarella into chunks and arrange over the pizza with the zucchini ribbons and the prawns which are covered in the chilli garlic basting
  • bake for 8 – 10 minutes until the crust turns golden and the mozzarella has melted
  • drizzle over a bit more olive oil when it come out the oven and scatter over fresh basil or a few sprigs of thyme

I love a crunchy pizza with meltingly hot mozzarella and then a few toppings that are packed with flavour. I may even prefer this version to the one I made with bacon.

 

 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristy July 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm

OMG, that looks so delicious. Love the photos.

Paula at Dishing The Divine July 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I love the mozarella trick… must try that sometime!

Sam July 25, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Paula the mozzarella soaked in cream is a real winner. Must use the real deal though :-)

Jon July 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Wow! Droolicious.. :D
Think you did really well with these pics, good angles (there are however just so many that one can get on a round pizza though haha), but perhaps you want to play a little more with Depth Of Field (DOF). Love the natural afternoon light that you have!

Lori July 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

I want this in my belly NOW! Stunning pics too x

Alida July 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

Aah! This looks UH-MAZING!!! When you told me about it I was already drooling but this is just too fantastic! Beautiful photo’s! Can’t wait for Sunday. :)

Sam July 26, 2011 at 8:58 am

Thanks Kristy, I’ve been practicing the tips

Albie Bredenhann July 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

That looks seriously delicious and your photography skills are brilliant actually Sam… going to have to up my own game this side!

Sam July 26, 2011 at 9:08 am

Thank you Albie but I think you are being a bit too kind :-)

Jeanne @ CookSister! July 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

Mozzarella soaked in cream. I’m sorry, that was the point at which my brain stopped functioning…!! ;o) Looks absolutely awesome – love the look of the zucchini ribbons!

Fritz July 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

Jeeezlaaik Sam this looks amazing!

Sam July 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

Thanks Fritz :-)

Sam July 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

Thanks Jeanne. I do like this ‘poor mans’ version of Burrata (it really makes a diff in term of the creaminess).

Jane-Anne July 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Sam, every time I think of the first time we tasted those Puglia cheeses at Judy’s I actually feel a bit weak at the knees. Next time you go to the factory, count me in! A lovely recipe and stunning pics, as always.

Sam July 26, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thanks JA, this was actually from my original stash which I had frozen (freezes brilliantly in the water and all). I wonder if you could order and get it delivered c/o Massimo as he buys weekly from them? Just a thought as Montegue Gardens is so far :-)

pizza express fulham broadway station July 26, 2011 at 1:34 pm

its a lovely pizza dear, when i see this pizza i get hungry man.

PinkPolkaDot July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

The pizzas are looking amazing and contains some of my fave ingrdients: prawns, garlic, lemon, chillies and zucchini!! I am drooling!

Sam July 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Thanks Zirkie, I agree, you cant really go wrong with these amazing ingredients.

Sam July 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Thanks Henry :-). Looks like you are very involved with pizza, so I am flattered.

Heidi @ Food Doodles July 26, 2011 at 8:49 pm

That looks incredible! Such pretty pictures and I love the zucchini! I never thought to try it on pizza but it looks so good :D

Sam July 26, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Thanks Heidi, zucchini is my new favourite ingredient on a pizza (fairly recently discovered).

Jamie July 27, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Fabulous! I love it! I always make the same pizza every single time but this looks just so delicious. And perfect for summer. I always grill my zucch before putting it on pizza but I love the idea of seasoning thin strips and just tossing on top. All brillian, Sam!

Pizza Wandsworth May 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Its looks cool ( Hot :) ),

Ursula June 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Great job Sam…. I was reading through the comments and if you don’t mind, I’d like to answer a question concerning how to get your hands on our Mozzarella… We have partnered with FINE FOODS PORTFOLIO (an online delivery service). You can order from the site directly or phone them to get your mozzarella delivered straight to your door :)

And also a quick thank you.. we value your support :)
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