I had been wanting to make a pizza like this for some time, but mostly make the basics to keep everyone happy. Nobody home tonight but me, so decided it was time!
I made the basic dough that I always do (recipe below) and topped it with fresh mozzarella, pink gulf shrimp, baby bella mushrooms, shallots, garlic, with fresh tomato’s and basil from my garden. Instead of sauce, I just drizzled EVOO over the top. The basil was actually added after the pizza was fully cooked.
I use whatever charcoal I have handy to get things going. I use the fire bricks to keep the fire from creeping under the cooking surface.
Right before I assemble the pizzas on the wooden peel, I slide a small split of red oak on top of the coal bed. I just slide it across the steel.
Moving quickly, I get all of the ingredients loaded on and straight onto the steel. I think it was about 600* or so in there. I was a bit worried about the amount of stuff I loaded on, but this one slid right off the wooden peel.
This pizza only took a few minutes until it was done. It was just me, so I only made this one pizza. I had a couple other dough balls ready to go, in case of disaster lol. I love shrimp scampi, served over fine linguini, so that is what I was trying to get with this pizza. Overall, I was very happy with the results!
This is the dough recipe I have been using for 35+ years. It only takes about 10 minutes to prepare and about 1-hour to rise sufficiently.
1-cup warm water (100*-110*)
1-packet yeast (I use the "original" Fleischmann's packets, not the "rapid rise")
1-tbsp veg or olive oil
2.5-3-cups bread flour
In a large mixing bowl, I add the yeast and sugar to the warm water and let it dissolve. Takes about 5 minutes. Then add the salt and oil. Mix that around to dissolve the salt. Add 2-cups of the flour and get an even consistency. Start adding the last cup of flour while kneading the dough. I stop adding flour, once the dough is just barely dry enough to pull away from my fingers without sticking. I cut the dough into 4 equal pieces, that will net 12"-14" very thin pizzas. Put the dough balls into lightly oiled bowls, then place into the oven to rise (a bowl of hot water, in the oven, seems to help the dough rise quicker). I also cover the dough with a clean dish towel, while it rises.