Hear that?

It’s me. Breathing out a giant sigh of relief.

It’s been a few years since I’ve wished the week away, but today I can say with great surety that THANK GOODNESS IT’S FRIDAY.

You know how, like, all week I’ve been whining and complaining about how I can’t get in the groove of things, blah blah blah?

Well now that I’m certain no internet creepers can come kidnap me, it’s safe to tell you that I’ve been playing single lady all week long. Which normally is totally AWESOME. You know I love it. I live for it. It’s my time. But at this point I haven’t seen my husband in nearly two weeks. Which okay – I sort of miss him, but really? My routine (which I don’t even have) is just SO MESSED UP.

I mean, when left to my own devices, I’m already the quintessential bachelorette, having wine for dinner and mojitos for dessert, dumping my makeup case on the bathroom floor to find my favorite MAC Hepcat and then just like… leaving it there, and lacking most forms of personal hygiene.

By the way, right now I’m totally drinking a makeshift margarita. I thought you should know. I don’t know if it’s dinner or dessert. I’m going with both. And I’m also watching high school dance competitions on ESPN because… I have a life. How do these tweens pirouette like that? That’s my real concern at the moment.

But coming home from my own weeklong trip? Having to find my car in the dark and scary and dark (and dark) airport parking lot late in the night? Having to drive home while I’m hopped up on caffeine and entering a totally pitch black house because someone didn’t leave any lights on for me? And THEN trying to get back into my (lack there of a) routine, when during the time he travels my “routine” consists heavily of couches and liquor and DVRed trash and cereal? Oh and bagels too. I was really into those this week. Weird.

My days have gone somewhat like this: Should I get out of bed? I think I’ll just lay here. I should go to the gym. But I’d rather just lay here in bed and read this book that I’m too embarrassed to name. I need to run the dishwasher. But I hate unloading it so I won’t. I need to do laundry. But I don’t want to walk down the stairs so I won’t. I have to go to the gym. I’ll go later. (No I won’t.) Uh oh! Time to take a break. 90210 triple play on SoapNet… I can totally take a 3 hour break because this is like being on vacation. I should make a list of all the things I need to do. (Commence list making.) God this is a long list. Oh well! I have five whole days to finish it. I mean four whole days. Oh! Now I have three days. I’ve only crossed off “post Disney pictures.” And that’s because I could edit all those photos while laying in bed watching Friends at 12:30. AM, people. AM. Hmmm, it’s Thursday? When did that happen? Screw the list. I’ll do it all this weekend. I should go to the store though. (Commence store going). So glad I went to the store, even if I only bought this Haagan Daaz blueberry crumble ice cream. I mean, it’s limited edition, I HAD to buy it. Now since it’s my last night alone, I deserve a margarita. I’ll work on my list tomorrow.

I wish I was making this up.

My motivation has been at an all time low, my procrastination has been at an all time high and my recipe inspiration has been basically nonexistent. What does this mean? I can’t survive on my own? My husband is my muse? I’m just generally lazy in my existence? I’m going with F.) all of the above.

At some point though, I decided I needed to eat a normal meal. Or just seriously – ANY MEAL. Because that pretty much hadn’t happened since I came back, unless you count the entire bag of pretzels I inhaled on my way back from the airport due to the caffeine freak out which thankfully at the time – stopped me from going through the Wendy’s drive-thru at midnight. I don’t even know what I’d order?! Hmmm.

So I had all of these ingredients in my house. Thank goodness. Because removing myself from this fort of bricks I’ve been under seemed nearly impossible, at least until I drive to the airport later this afternoon. Plus, I seriously love puff pastry. Who doesn’t? On more than one occasion I have completely considered defrosting the pastry and baking it until puffed. Just so I could eat it that way. This would have been the week to do so, but I didn’t crack under the pressure. I needed slightly more substance. And I just happened to have gorgonzola (on it’s last leg), scallions (about to bite the dust) and cilantro (only could salvage a few nonrotting pieces) which make up a portion of my favorite flavor combination.

I made it. I ate it. I survived! And now hopefully I’ll be back to normal. Whatever that means.

Mini Buffalo Shrimp Puff Pastry Pizzas

serves 4 (makes approximately 24 pizzas)

1 box puff pastry sheets (or you could use shells)

1 pound raw peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce + more for drizzling

2 tablespoons butter

3-4 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled

2 green onions, thinly sliced

1 bunch of cilantro, torn

1 bunch of parsley, torn

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Set out puff pastry to thaw – just until you can gently unfold the sheets. Using a round biscuit cutter, cut circles out of each sheet, placing them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.

Melt butter (I did so in the microwave for 20 seconds) then mix with buffalo sauce. Using a pastry brush, very lightly brush a bit of sauce on each pastry round. Add shrimp to a large bowl, toss with salt and pepper, then coat with the remaining buffalo wing sauce.

Place 1-2 shrimp in the center of each pastry round, pressing lightly to adhere. Top with crumbled gorgonzola, again pressing into the crevices of the shrimp and pastry. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until pastry has puffed and is golden. Don’t be alarmed if some of the cheese and sauce slides off.

Remove baking sheet from the oven and top with torn cilantro and parsley, and sliced green onions. Serve with extra buffalo wing sauce for drizzling.

Okay I’m done. Now I’m gonna eat some cheese and quackers.

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81 Responses to “Mini Buffalo Shrimp Puff Pastry Pizzas.”

  1. #
    Alison — March 23, 2012 @ 6:38 pm

    Hilarious. I hear ya, btw – when my husband’s out of town (which doesn’t happen often but has happened) I’m a total wreck in terms of routine and meals.


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    Quiche-ing Queen — March 23, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    Haha! I miss my guy like hell when he works late but on those nights I watch my trashy tv shows and immediately get into comfy clothes. This looks like a meal I’d make just to spite him for working late. Haha! Totally joking by the way.


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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — March 23, 2012 @ 7:16 pm

    When my husband is out of town, things are cleaner, more organized, quieter….and I make all the things for dinner that he doesn’t like (which is a lot). He’s never gone more than a few days at a time…I can only imagine how clean my house would be after two weeks! :)


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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — March 23, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    I hate to say this, but I’d love to send my husband and my son away for a few days so that I could do exactly what you just described. Oh, and the pizzas sound yummy! Love Buffalo anything.


  5. #
    Joy — March 24, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    THIS IS LIKE SUPER YUMMY. Simple but so so tasty :)


  6. #
    Simone — March 24, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    These look delicious! I used to work nights at a restaurant and everyday was like that for me! A constant power struggle with myself to do anything productive. I had no one to keep me in check as they were at their “day jobs”, I used to write To Do lists that started with Get Up ;)


  7. #
    Noble Pig — March 24, 2012 @ 10:09 am

    Okay, these are really CUTE. I hope you get your groove back but I would take one day of laying around bed and watching what I want on TV!!!!


  8. #
    Linds @ The MuffinTin Post — March 24, 2012 @ 3:50 pm

    Dude. I totally hear you on the single lady life. Both the good and the bad.


  9. #
    Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin — March 24, 2012 @ 5:43 pm

    It sounds like a rough week, but at least these delicious mini pizzas came out of it! It looks like such a tasty and unique combination of flavors.


  10. #
    kyla — March 24, 2012 @ 9:35 pm

    Is the book “Fifty Shades of Grey”?!!! Because if it is, I totally feel you. But I can’t stop reading it.


  11. #
    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — March 25, 2012 @ 5:34 am

    These look and sound so good!


  12. #
    Dana B — March 25, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    lol; you’re too funny. I know, it may not seem fun to you, but it’s funny reading it :) the pizzas are very cute btw :) good luck getting back to “normal”…


  13. #
    Cindy @ Once Upon a Loaf — March 25, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    OK, LOL!! These look delicious, I must try them but not before I note: MAC Hepcat is awesome. Great post – thanks for cracking me up! Now go to the gym. :)


  14. #
    Samantha — March 25, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    That ice ceam is super amazing!!! I feel like I’m eating blueberry pie in ice cream form. All I need now is just an IV hooked up into my arm and start pumping the blueberry crumble ice ceam into my veins.


  15. #
    Zee — March 26, 2012 @ 1:59 am

    This looks awesome! Anything with shrimps and i am in!


  16. #
    www.homebeccanomics.com — March 26, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    This reminds me of the barbeque shrimp appetizer at Ruth’s Chris… a butter-bbq sauce, can’t beat it! Yum!


  17. #
    Casey — March 26, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

    I can’t eat shrimp but this looks delicious. I am trying to figure what I can sub for the fish. Would pieces of salmon work?


    • Jessica — March 26th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

      If you want to stick with the whole buffalo flavor, I’d do a whitefish (like tilapia) over salmon. Or you could always do chicken!


  18. #
    MikeVFMK — March 26, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

    Puff Pastry Pizzas with Shrimp? Count me in!! Seriously good snack food and love the pics! And the buffalo sauce flavour is right up my alley.


  19. #
    Tilda — March 27, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    I noticed the cooking time was 20 -25 minutes at a 425 degree temperature oven. Shrimp cook so quickly and with oven at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes this doesn’t over cook them yielding a rubbery disaster?


    • Jessica — March 27th, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      I was fearful of this too so that’s why I highly suggest using the raw shrimp. But mine came out fine – I’ve also made a few shrimp pizzas that cook a little longer at a slightly lower temp. If you find that they are really rubbery you could always cook the pastry halfway through first, but we thought they were great!


  20. #
    Megan {Country Cleaver} — March 27, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I’m not normally a “shrimp” person – but when I see something I want I would happily inhale about 10 of these with no second thought or irke of regret. And lately buffalo anything has been creeping up in my thoughts and dreams. Destiny. It is.


  21. #
    Aileen — July 4, 2013 @ 5:30 pm

    Great info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by chance (stumbleupon).
    I have book marked it for later!


  22. #
    Heriberto — August 18, 2013 @ 12:23 am

    I need to to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly loved every little bit
    of it. I have you book-marked to look at new things you post…



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