|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||13%|
|Saturated Fat 3g||16%|
|Total Carbohydrate 53g||19%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 13g|
|Vitamin C 9mg||47%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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 from 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. If you enjoy sweet and savory flavor combinations, then chances are you'll like Hawaiian pizza.
1 (10- to 12-ounce) ball pizza dough, homemade or store-bought
1/2 cup pizza sauce, homemade or store-bought
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, part-skim or whole milk
1/4 pound sliced cooked ham
1 cup well-drained pineapple chunks, fresh or canned
Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 500 F.
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, but aim for an even thickness.
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.
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.
Outside of the traditional way to make Hawaiian pizza, explore these additional toppings: bacon, onions, chicken, olives, and pepperoni. Or whatever your taste buds desire.
- 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.
How to Store and Freeze Leftover Pizza
Got leftover pizza? If planning to eat it in the near future, go ahead and put the pizza in a plastic storage bag and into the fridge. Otherwise, take those slices and double wrap them up in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil (to avoid freezer burn), or put them in an airtight plastic container. Frozen slices of pizza will last for up to two months.