It’s hard being a New Yorker away from home. The bagels are soft and flavorless, subways aren’t running all night, bars close way too early and perhaps worst of all, it’s nearly impossible to find a good slice of pie (and unless you’re from NY, you’re probably wondering what “slices of pie” have to do with pizza).  Here in London, most restaurants don’t even cut the sub-par pizza for you; they just hand you a fork and knife, utensils that should not ever be needed when eating pizza. I’ve already ranted about finding good pizza on my post, “Surviving London without NY Pizza“, from a few weeks ago so I won’t go too crazy here. I suppose you get my point by now.

Anyway, my solution involved making my own pizza sauce (follow the link for the recipe) and using the surprisingly tasty “Garlic Pizza Bread” from Sainsbury’s, since I neither have a mixer to make my dough or a good enough oven to bake it in. This crust bakes up crispy on the outside and stays soft and chewy on the inside which is better than anything I can say about the crust at most pizzerias here. The garlic seasoning is just an added bonus as it adds tremendous flavor to whatever type of pizza you decide to make.

I made this prawn and avocado pizza on a whim with a bunch of ingredients I had lying around and it turned out fantastic. You can find my list of ingredients and some quick instructions on how to assemble the pizza below.

Spicy Prawn and Avocado Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 ea. Sainsbury’s Garlic Pizza Crust
  • Homemade Marinara/Pizza Sauce (about 1/3 cup)
  • About 10-12 small Prawns (peeled and deveined)
  • “Hot & Sweet” Red Jalapeños (pickled)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Mozzarella
  • 1/2 an Avocado (diced)
  • Sriracha Hot Sauce
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 4-6 leaves of Basil, torn
  • Seasoning: Coarse Salt & Pepper, Granulated Garlic, Crushed Red Pepper, Dry Oregano, Mexican Spice Blend (contains several different smoked and dried chilies, paprika, dried garlic, tomato, dark chocolate, onion and cumin)

Method:

1. Preheat your oven to 400 F° (200 C°) on the convection setting if available.

2.Use a spoon or ladle to spread the sauce on the pizza, starting in the center and spreading outward towards the edges.

3. Spread the cheddar or mozzarella evenly over the sauce, followed by the prawns (pat dry with paper towels first), jalapeños and avocado.

4. Sprinkle each of the seasonings evenly on top of the pizza and prawns.

5. Bake for 15-20 Minutes, or until crust is crisp, cheese melted and prawns cooked.

6. Squeeze a zig-zag of Sriracha over the pizza and sprinkle the fresh torn basil over it as well.

7. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing to allow the cheese and sauce to set.