Mele Kalikimaka! Saying "Merry Christmas" Hawaiian Style with Homemade Hawaiian Pizza!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ok so yes, this is a stretch but I thought it was a adorable. And Hawaiian pizza, despite it's complete inauthenticity (I know that's not a word but should be one) both in the pizza world and Hawaii, is still a really delicious pizza, is a classic comfort food straight out of my AYSO soccer days, and thus therefore in conclusion merits this post with picture!

So it's no wonder that Hawaiian pizza is not in fact Hawaiian. In fact, if we must attribute an ethnicity to it, it's Canadian. The Panopoulos brothers in Chatham, Ontario lay uncontested claim to inventing the Hawaiian at once of their restaurants back in the 1950s. I personally believe it since a hallmark ingredient of the Hawaiian is thinly sliced Canadian bacon. Additional classic ingredients include basic tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella (not fresh), and of course, pineapple. Some versions include red onion, jalapeno, black olives, smoked bacon, beans, and even drizzle of BBQ sauce. It's the most popular style of pizza in Australia and people in Hawaii are actually not too fond of it.

Regardless, it's tasty and when you're craving something on the sweeter side of the Savory-Sweet Spectrum, it's gonna hit the spot. And is extremely easy to make.

Hawaiian Pizza
1 store-bought pizza dough
1/4 cup pizza sauce or basic marinara sauce
1/3 cup thinly sliced ham -- leftover from ham roast or Canadian bacon
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks, drained well
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella (not fresh)
freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp-1 Tbsp red pepper flakes

Special equipment:  parchment paper, baking sheets or pizza stone

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Roll or pull out your pizza dough to one even pizza; or cut and roll out into individual "personalized" portions. Set on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon and spread out the tomato/marinara sauce in one even layer, leaving a 1/2 inch border around the outside. Add the ham, red onion, pineapple in an even layer, sprinkling ingredients about. Sprinkle desired amount of cheese right on top. Season with black pepper and red pepper flakes to taste. Bake in oven for 11-13 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and melted through. Let stand 3 minutes before slicing. Serve hot.

My Notes:
You must drain your pineapple before using -- putting all that pineapple juice will make a soggy pizza! To drain, simple place pineapple chunks through a sieve and gently pat dry with paper towel.

If using a pizza stone, preheat the stone according to directions. But you can really do pizzas easily with a simple baking sheet and parchment paper.

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