Hawaiian Pizza with Ham and Pineapple
This delicious Hawaiian pizza features the flavor of provolone, which is a whole milk cow cheese from the south of Italy. It is also produced in Japan and in the United States. In addition to the cheese in this Hawaiian pizza sauce, red onion, pineapple, green bell pepper, and cooked ham are used for a real taste of Hawaii.
Not all Hawaiian pizza recipes feature bell pepper or onion but they add flavor and crunch to this delicious Hawaiian pizza recipe. This is very easy to make. You just need to arrange the ingredients on the dough base and bake the pizza for half an hour.
This is not a traditional Hawaiian dish, but an Italian recipe with Hawaiian accents for perfect harmony. The recipe calls for ‘Hawaiian style pizza sauce’ which might feature ingredients like sweet roasted peppers and honey. If you cannot find such a thing at the grocery store and you do not want to make your own, any tasty tomato sauce will work in this recipe. You might be interested to learn that Hawaiian pizza does not actually originate from Hawaii but it was invented in 1960 by Sam Panopoulos from Chatham, Ontario.
It is believed to have derived from ‘toast Hawaii’ which is a toasted German sandwich made with ham, cheese and pineapple. Hawaiian pizza is popular in the United States and Europe, and it is actually the most popular pizza in Australia. 15% of all pizzas sold in Australia are Hawaiian pizza. So although this is not an authentic Hawaiian dish, the ham and pineapple combine beautifully together, and if you want something sweet on your pizza you are sure to appreciate the flavor of this one.
- Pizza dough for a 12 inch pizza
- ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
- 8 oz can pineapple chunks, drained
- 12 oz thinly sliced cooked ham
- 1 cup Hawaiian style pizza sauce
- ½ cup thinly sliced red onion
- 6 oz provolone cheese, sliced
- Cooking spray
- Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Spray cooking spray over a 12 inch pizza pan.
- Press the pizza dough into the pan, and then spread the Hawaiian style sauce over the top, keeping away from the outer half inch of the edge.
- Top the crust with the provolone cheese, and then arrange the bell pepper, pineapple, ham and onion on top.
- Bake the Hawaiian pizza recipe for about half an hour or until the crust is golden brown.
Hawaiian pizza is always good and the sweetness of the pineapple adds a nice contrasting element since the other ingredients are savory, especially the tart-tasting green bell pepper and the salty ham. The naturally sweet tomato sauce complements the sweet taste of the pineapple, and contrasts with the other toppings. You can see in the picture we have layered half the cheese and then the other toppings and then the rest of the cheese, but you can add the cheese first and then the toppings if you want to see them clearer instead of peeking out from under all the cheese. It will taste the same, but the presentation will be slightly different.
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