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Hawaiian Pizza – via Instagram

Ladies and gentlemen, meet my new favorite pizza!

And to think I was ambivalent about the idea of pairing tomato sauce, pineapple, ham, and cheese when John suggested I make a Hawaiian pizza.

Me, the girl who adores pairing sweet and savory ingredients; me, the girl who will eat pretty much anything covered in melted cheese.

Well, my friends, I owe the hubs an apology for doubting – even for a second – that this pizza would be anything but phenomenal. A crisp whole wheat crust is the vehicle for gooey mozzarella, spicy jalapeno cheddar, juicy pineapple, and sweet ham. Just a touch of unseasoned tomato sauce keeps the pie savory without adding any conflicting flavors.

I snapped these two photos on my iPhone (I really have to figure out how to adequately use my camera in artificial light) before digging in… and I’m pretty sure I didn’t come up for air until after an entire slice was obliterated.

With so many pizza ingredient combinations out there, I don’t often repeat the same recipe – but you can be damn sure that this pie will be made over and over again!

Hawaiian Pizza

Printer-Friendly Recipe

yield: 1 pizza; 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb whole wheat pizza dough (I buy mine from the frozen sections of Whole Foods), at room temperature
  • flour
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup unseasoned canned tomato sauce
  • 1 cup freshly grated low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated 50% reduced fat jalapeno cheddar cheese (Cabot makes a great version)
  • 3/4 cup drained pineapple tidbits canned in pineapple juice, (be sure to drain the excess juice)
  • 1 cup chopped thickly cut fully cooked ham steak (I bought mine pre-packaged from Whole Foods)
  • garlic powder, optional (<– John’s suggestion)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Lightly flour a clean flat surface and roll out the pizza dough to desired thickness (I aim for about 1/4 inch).
  3. Very lightly oil a rimless baking sheet with a tiny bit of olive oil; transfer rolled out dough onto prepared baking sheet.
  4. Evenly spread the tomato sauce over the rolled out pizza dough. Top with both shredded cheeses, pineapple tidbits, and chopped ham.
  5. Bake pizza for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from underneath the pizza and continue to bake the pizza, directly on the oven rack, for an additional 2 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  6. Serve sprinkled with garlic powder, if desired.

Nutritional Information Per Slice:

226.8 calories, 7.4 grams fat, 3.5 grams saturated fat, 4.3 grams fiber, 2.9 grams sugar, 10.4 grams protein

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