I’v always wondered if Hawaiian Pizza is actually eaten in Hawaii. Almost every pizza shop I have ever been to sells some variation of Hawaiian pizza. It always contains some type of ham or bacon and pineapple. The pineapple is the quintessential ingredient, and the ingredient that makes me question its authenticity. It seems possible that we just call it Hawaiian pizza because it has pineapple on it and pineapple is from Hawaii. Anyway, I don’t know where this comes from, I just know it’s good.
My version of Hawaiian pizza is more than just pineapple and ham. I use some ricotta cheese in place of some of the mozzarella to add an interesting texture. I cook some finely diced onions and jalapeños to add a little heat. I sprinkle it with crispy bacon for the smokey flavor and crunch. Plus, I add the pineapple. I like to used canned pineapple for because the fresh does not taste as good on pizza.
This pizza is sweet, spicy, smokey, salty, cheesy, and just plain tasty. Whether you buy your pizza crust or make your own using this recipe, I highly recommend giving it a try.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12-18 minutes
Ingredients (8 slices)
- 1 pizza dough
- cornmeal for dusting
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, diced with seeds removed
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- crispy, diced bacon
- 1/4 cup ricotta cheese
- 4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 small can pineapple chunks, drained
- 1/4 pound ham
Heat oven to 500 degrees.
Sautee onion and jalapeño until softened.
Roll out pizza crust and brush with oil. Top with sauce. Add ricotta, ham, jalapeños, onions, and pineapple. Top with mozzarella and bacon.
Bake at 500 degrees for 12-18 minutes or until the crust is browned and the cheese bubbles.