A white pizza sauce made with garlic and oil graces leftover naan and is topped off with green onions, black olives and shrimp for a quick and easy pizza night or a stunning appetizer tray.
Sometimes life has a way of sneaking up on you. It’s the random phone calls, doctor appointments that take longer than usual, an opportunity you can’t pass up and things like spring break, a daughter who needs some one-on-one time or a spring snowstorm that sends you out to shovel for a few hours that interfere with the best of intentions.
Having fast and easy dinner options in these situations is key to sanity, especially if you have four kids and a fresh pile of heavy, wet snow outside the front door. This is when the meals that are pulled from the recesses of the refrigerator and the dark corners of the cupboards succeed in making me feel like I’ve got everything under control. We can do this, no matter what life or mother nature throws at us next.
Start with leftover naan. I make a large batch on purpose so there will be leftovers to make pizza or paninis with. It takes no extra time to mix, and it gets me set for an easy meal later on.
For the sauce, a simple white version:minced garlic, a bit of salt and olive oil. Simple.
To top our white-sauced pizzas we have salad shrimp, ripe olives, green onions and a bit of fresh parsley. Also simple.
The garlic and olive oil goes down first, followed by the toppings and finally finished off by a bit of shredded mozzarella and Romano and off they go into the oven.
Somehow, that process of bringing together relatively easy ingredients will turn out something that is worth sitting down to eat, pouring yourself a proper beverage and enjoying the meal, even if it’s a meal that takes 20 minutes at the most to prepare.
You can top naan with any pizza toppings you like. The bottoms crisp perfectly, contrasting the chewy top half. Whether as an easy meal or as elegant party food, these pizzas are quick and easy and the perfect use for leftover naan. Of course…you may also need to make extra naan in order to have leftovers.
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt or kosher salt
6 pieces naan bread
3 green onions, diced
1/2 cup cooked salad shrimp
3 tablespoons pitted ripe olives, sliced
6 ounces mozzarella, shredded
2 ounces Romano or Parmesan, shredded
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced
Preheat oven to 400° F. Place olive oil, garlic and salt in a blender or small food processor and mix to combine. Lay out baked naan pieces on a baking sheet. Spread with garlic and olive oil mixture. Sprinkle with green onions, shrimp and ripe olives. Evenly sprinkle cheeses between the pizzas and then top with fresh parsley.
Bake at 400° F for 8-10 minutes or until cheese starts to brown around the edges. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
Makes 6 servings.