THE SEASON for family dinners and great home get-togethers is here and cooks are looking for flavorful new dishes to serve family and friends. Crisco is offering two great recipes that are easy to make and will be enjoyed by everyone.

“Barbecued Chicken Pizza” offers the best of two all-time American favorites, pizza and barbecued chicken in one delectable dish. Delicious “Easy Baked Shrimp”, which even a beginning chef can prepare in just 10 minutes, is sure to become a family favorite. None of these recipes are very complicated and will have the cook out of the kitchen enjoying the company of dinner guests in no time. Cooks trust Crisco to bring out the best in every meal, and these recipes offer tasty, hearty dishes that will become popular additions to home cook’s repertoires everywhere. Visit the Crisco Web site at for more delicious recipes and cooking tips.

Barbecued Chicken Pizza

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, trimmed and cut into 1/4-inch slices

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 tablespoons CRISCO Oil

1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced

1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms

1/2 cup hickory-flavored barbecue sauce

1(12-in.) pre-baked pizza crust

2 cups (8 oz.) grated smoked Gouda or shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

Rinse chicken. Pat dry. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken. Sauté 2 minutes or until exterior is no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan with slotted spoon. Add onion and mushrooms to pan. Sprinkle with remaining salt. Sauté 3 minutes or until onion is translucent. Remove pan from heat. Return chicken to pan. Stir barbecue sauce into chicken and vegetables. Place pizza crust on baking sheet lined with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Arrange half of cheese on pizza crust. Top with chicken mixture. Top chicken with remaining cheese. Bake at 450 for 10-12 minutes or until crust is crisp and cheese melts. Let stand 3 minutes before cutting. Serve immediately. Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Serves: 4

Easy Baked Shrimp or Fish

1/4 cup CRISCO Oil

1-1/2 pounds peeled and deveined shrimp (see Note) or fish fillets, cut into 1-1/2 inch pieces

1 tablespoon jarred minced garlic (or 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to taste

1/2 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Lemon wedges, optional

Pour oil into a 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. ovenproof baking dish. Add shrimp. Sprinkle with garlic, salt and pepper. Toss with breadcrumbs and parsley. Bake shrimp at 475 for 5 minutes. Turn gently with slotted spatula. Bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until pink and breadcrumbs are brown. Serve immediately with lemon wedges, if desired. Note: Shrimp that is already peeled and deveined can be found at many fish counters or frozen. If using shell-on-shrimp, add 15-20 minutes to the preparation time. The dish can be prepared in advance and refrigerated, tightly covered, up to several hours before cooking. For a light, tasty entrée; serve shrimp or fish over your favorite pasta. Toss with fresh tomatoes, garlic and a dash of oil.

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