Shrimp Pesto Pizza with Feta Cheese

Pizzas come in two types: the normal (classic cheese or pepperoni anyone?) and the gourmet. Obviously, I’m a fan of the latter.
On my very second date with B, he wanted to take me to a dinner at a pizza place at the Stanford Mall. Now, Stanford Mall is filled with fancy, expensive stores which no college student can afford – like Neiman Marcus, Crate and Barrel, and Louis Vuitton. And they have nice upscale restaurants, which serve things like gourmet pizza.

So B picks me up in his car like a gentleman (ah, the days when he still tried) and we sit down. I then inform him I have to fast for Ash Wednesday, which I had forgotten to tell him.

B: What?! You’re just gonna sit and watch me eat?
Me: Yup.
Waiter: Would you like anything miss?
Me: Um, no.
Waiter: Ah, are you sharing?
Me: No, he’s eating by himself actually… I’m just … observing.
*waiter staring*
B: …  Please eat something? I’m being judged here as a man.

Well, B tried to coax me, but, hey, I didn’t make up the Catholic rules. He looks at the menu and sees nothing but fancy pizzas.

B: They have weird pizza topping here. Um, is there normal pizza?
waiter: normal pizza?
B: Like… pepperoni? Or sausage.
waiter: no.

Long story short, B ordered a gourmet pizza and raved about its deliciousness. He later admitted he didn’t like it at all, but pretended he did, so I would try some and thus share – like a (more) normal dinner date. It didn’t work, lol.

So here’s a nice fancy shrimp pesto pizza from here which I thought was an unusual combo (pizza without mozzarella? gasp!). I’d never really eaten feta cheese before, but I enjoyed the twist. And I ate it all by myself, like B did so many years ago. Even better, I didn’t have to pretend to like it.

Shrimp Pesto Pizza with Feta Cheese

Pizza dough, homemade or bought
3-5 tablespoons pesto
5 oz shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large clove garlic
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 oz feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts
1 bunch cilantro

Preheat the oven to 550 F. Coat a baking sheet with no-stick spray.

Unroll the pizza dough and spread on the prepared sheet to make 2-3 individual pizzas. Spread the pesto on the crust, leaving a 1/4″ border.

Toss the shrimp with the lemon and garlic. Sprinkle the shrimp mixture, feta cheese, and onions on the crust. Top with the pine nuts and cilantro. Bake for 14 to 16 minutes, or until the bottom is browned and the cheese is melted. Cut into slices and enjoy fresh.

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