An easy take on the sweet and savory Hawaiian pizza, the best of both worlds in one crowd pleasing slice! Hawaiian Pizza is usually a combination of crispy bacon bits, sweet pineapple chunks, savory ham, loaded with cheese over your usual pizza sauce and easily found pizza dough that we’ll be upgrading using a non stick pan.
History of Hawaii’s relationship with pineapple and pizza
Hawaiian pineapples are the iconic symbol of the island this sweet fruit even shaped the fruit industry of the island. So much so that the pineapple as an illustration or icon it may represent the laid-back lifestyle or life in ‘vacation mode’. Though Hawaiian are well known for their pineapples, these are not native to Hawaii, this prickly sweet summery fruit can be traced back to South America where it pineapple production was built in the 1900’s. The First pineapple to be discovered was found in Brazil and Paraguay in 200 – 300 AD. First documented by King Kamehameha they called these ‘hala kahiki’ with ‘kahiki’ meaning ‘foreign’ and ‘hala’ similar to a fruit they called. In Hawaii’s Lanai island around 97% of the land is used for the Hawaiian pineapple plantation which was put to rest in the 1992. Though pineapple production is a bit scarce compared to the olden days. Recent advancements help produce sweeter pineapples that helps with making the fruit easier to transport and make sure the only fresh pineapples are exported.
Pineapple were used in long boat trips, eating pineapple helped prevent poor wound healing and was useful for getting vitamin C, this was also used as a cleaning agent for boats. While the pineapple is actually a fruit consisting of berries grown and fused together also known as a ‘multiple fruit’ or ‘collective fruit’ it got the name pine-apple from it’s scientific name “nanas’ which meant pine and ‘comosus’ which meant ‘tufted’ these language were used by the indigenous people of Barzil, the Tupi people. Pineapples take 2 years to grow and are grown through vegetative reproduction or ‘cloning’ which uses the crown, leafy branches, suckers, and shoots of the pineapple. In the Azores Island they fond that pineapple can even grow flowers by smoking these, this method also helps fruits to be produced throught the year.
Pineapple pizza may get some hate but adding sweet delicious pineapples onto the salty and savory red sauce can do wonders! Try it out with crispy bits of bacon or prosciutto to level up and see how wonderful this combination can be!
Why take a slice of this sweet and savory pizza?
Hawaiian pizza was first served in the early 1962, at Portland, Oregon by a Greek born Canadian, Sam Panopoulos. Inspired by Chinese dishes that were the usual combination of sweet and savory flavors like soy sauce with sugar, plum sauce, or sweet and sour sauce for stir-fry. Though the addition of pineapple over pizza was initially unpopular it soon became a staple in Australia in 1999 then around the world, naming the pizza ‘Hawaiian Pizza’ from the brand of canned pineapples used.
Pizza night, movie nights, or cheat days, pizza is one of the dishes you’ll want to have a bite of. A little bit of fast food never hurt anyone. In this recipe it ceases the need of too much sugar and can be customized to your needs and wants.
Have a try of these easy no oven pizzas you can even make in less than 20 minutes!
No oven Hawaiian PizzaCourse: Snacks
A sweet and savory combo prepared on a cheesy dough!
1 cup tomato sauce
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil (sliced, optional)
1 – 2 cups Mozzarella cheese
1/3 – ½ cup Bacon bits
5 – 7 sliced ham
1 cup pineapple chunk
1 tablespoon olive oil or cooking oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon oregano
2 – 3 Premade 6 or 8 inch Pizza Dough
- In a small bowl, mix together tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, & basil. To make a quick sauce.
- Prepare the toppings by cooking the bacon bits in a nonstick pan. Taking these out when crisp. Slice the ham into bite sized pieces, with the remaining bacon oil, sauté till the edges of the ham are browned. Shred or slice the mozzarella to thinly, strain pineapple chunks. Set these aside.
- In a nonstick pan, brush around a tablespoon oil, sprinkle garlic powder and oregano. Place the premade pizza dough. Brush over with another teaspoon of oil and sprinkle with a pinch of garlic powder.
- Place on a medium heat stove. Flip after 3 to 5 minutes or till the bottom browns. Once flipped, add 2 tablespoons of sauce, top with mozzarella, bacon, ham, and pineapple chunks. Cover till the bottom of the dough browns or burns slightly.
- Take out of the oven; keep this covered till the cheese melts. Cool on a rack before serving.
No Oven Hawaiian Pizza (Tagalog)
- 1 tasa tomato sauce
- 1 kutsaritang asin
- 1 kutsaritang paminta
- 1 kutsarang bawang powder
- ½ kutsarang oregano
- 1 kutsarang basil ( hiwaiin ng malilitt, opsyonal)
- 1 – 2 tasa Mozarella cheese
- 1/3 – ½ tasa bacon, hiwaiin ng maliit
- 5 – 7 hati ng ham
- 1 tasa pinya, tinaga
- 1 kutsarang olive oil o cooking oil
- 1 kutsarang bawang powder
- 1 kutsarang oregano
- 2 – 3 Premade 6 o 8 pulgada Pizza Dough
- Para sa sarsa; Sa maliit na tasa, haluin ang tomato sauce, asin, paminta, bawang powder, oregano, at basil.
- Handain ang mga sahog, lutuin ang bacon sa nonstick na kawali, tangalin pag malutong na ito. Hatiin ang ham ng katamtamang laki, gamit ang natitirang mantika ng taba ng bacon, lutuin ang ham hanggang magkayumanggi ang gilid nito. Gutayin o hatiin ng manipis and mozzarella, salain ang pinya. Itabi ang mga ito.
- Sa nonstick na kawali, magpahid ng 1 kutsaritang mantika, wisikin ng bawang powder at oregano. Ilagay ang masa ng pizza. Pahidin ng mantika ang itaas nito, wisikin muli ng bawang powder.
- Ilagay sa maykatamtamang init na kalan. Ibaligtad pagkatapos ng 3 o 5 minuto o pag naging kayumanggi na ang itsurang baba. Pagbaliktad, lagyan ng 2 kutsarang sauce, mozzarella, bacon, ham, at pinya, takpan hanggang mag kaymanggi o maypagkasunog na ang baba nito.
- Tangalin sa kalan; panatilihing nakatakip para matunaw ang keso. Ilagay sa rack para palamigin bago kainin.