Hawaiian Pizza

I tried my first Hawaiian pizza about 3 years ago and fell in love!  I always turned my nose up at this pizza until my daughter convinced me to try one that she had made, that's all it took.  Using fresh pineapple is more work but you will really notice the difference in the taste (it's not as sweet as the canned).  You should use a good quality ham although you can substitute shrimp or prosciutto, both will give you fun flavors.

hawaiian pizza

STEP ONE

Begin with the basic dough recipe.  Most Hawaiian pizzas are thin crust pizzas but a thick pizza crust works well.

STEP TWO

You will need 2-3 cups of the basic pizza sauce.  The spices in this sauce work well with the pineapple and ham.

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1 pound of cooked ham  (or shrimp)

2 cups pineapple cut into 1/2" cubes

2 green peppers chopped (you can roast these ahead of time for a sweeter taste)

1/2 pound gruyere or mozzarella cheese (your choice.  I really like the gruyere option)

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees . Use your pizza stone if you have one, making sure you dusted it lightly with cornmeal.

Roll out your pizza dough until it is the size and thickness that you are looking for.  Place the dough in a baking sheet or on the pizza stone and roll up the edges a bit until a rim is formed.  Brush with the olive oil and spread the sauce over the dough.  Spread the ham, pineapple and green peppers evenly over you pizza and top with your cheeses.

Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, until the crust is brown.  Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing.