Hawaiian Pizza

Hawaiian Pizza

The Spruce / Anita Schecter

  • Total: 19 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 14 mins
  • Yield: 8 Servings

Is there a subject as divisive and controversial as the addition of pineapple to pizza? It certainly ranks right up there with topics that inspire strong opinions for and against. Pineapple on pizza is not just a topping choice like pepperoni or extra cheese—it's a position that must be defended.

We are certainly not going to weigh in on this controversy, but should you happen to enjoy this particular pizza variety, it's easy to make at home. Hawaiian pizza is typically topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced ham, and pineapple. Some people also sprinkle on a bit of cooked bacon. The combination of savory and fruity toppings smells delicious coming out of the oven, and might even convert a few anti-pineapple family members.

Despite its name, Hawaiian pizza was not invented in Hawaii. A Greek-born Canadian named Sam Panopoulos created it for his restaurant back in 1962 as a result of his experiences with the sweet and savory flavors of Chinese food. The name Hawaiian actually came from the brand of canned pineapples that he used in the first recipe.

Even though the pizza wasn't a big hit right away, the flavor combination played on the popularity of all things Hawaiian and tiki culture in the 1960s and soon became a local sensation. The unlikely flavor combination, though it still has some detractors, is still a popular favorite in many pizzerias.

Either canned or fresh pineapple chunks work fine for this recipe. You can also be extra fancy and layer on circular pieces of pineapple instead of chunks. Keeping the pineapple on top prevents the juices from making the pizza soggy and the fruit gets a nice bit of char during cooking. If you enjoy sweet and savory flavor combinations, then chances are you'll like Hawaiian pizza.

Ingredients

  • 1 (10- to 12-ounce) ball pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (shredded, part-skim or whole milk)
  • 1/4 pound cooked ham (sliced)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or canned and well-drained)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 500 F.

  2. On a floured surface, roll out the pizza dough to about a 12-inch round. You can also stretch it using your hands. Note that it does not need to be a perfect circle.

  3. Move the dough to the baking sheet and spread the pizza sauce evenly across the top of the dough. Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the sauce, then layer on the sliced ham and pineapple chunks.

  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 475 F and bake for approximately 13 to 14 minutes. The dough should be cooked through and the cheese fully melted.

  5. Serve hot and enjoy!