Hawaiian - Style Pizza

Happy Tuesday Friends!! It’s Tasty Tuesday here. Well, it’s tasty here every day, especially lately. On Saturday I made homemade pizza. Nick loves making pizza and coming up with great pizza ideas and he has been talking about making pizza since the last time we had it, which has been a long time. So we made some kick ass homemade pizza this weekend. I was so addicted to the crust that I could not stop thinking about pizza. We finished up what was left on Sunday and I felt a sense of sadness consume me. I knew that we could easily make more pizza next weekend, which was the plan. [Even though I’m dying to go eat all of the shrimp I can at Red Lobster… there is no saving me with this craving.] However, I could not wait that long.

Remember – I have a problem with self control.

So yesterday I whipped up two more pizza pies! Yep, in a matter of 3 days I made 4 pizza pies. As I sit here and type it is taking me every ounce of control not to pop up and eat a slice or two of leftover pizza. Over the course of several days I will be giving you the recipes for these amazing pizzas. 

The one thing I love most about making my own pizza is the countless possibilities I have; consider a normal cheese pizza and then imagine it piled with your favorite toppings. You are not limited to the standard pizza options from your local pizzerias! Today I have a great pizza option that I am sure many people will love. Take a look at this Hawaiian Pizza! It is to die for!

Nutritional Information:
Serving Size: 1 slice
Calories: 169
Fat: 10.3 g
Carbohydrates:  8 g
Fiber:  .8 g
Protein: 11.2 g
Points+:  4

Let’s get down to business:

Here is what you will need for the dough:

  • 1 1/2 cups warm water - somewhere between 100 to 110 degrees F, plus some extra if you need later
  • 1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
  • 5 cups all purpose flour, plus some extra if you need it
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • Olive oil, for drizzling 
  • Corn Meal

Directions:

  • Put the water in a small bowl and add the yeast, stirring until it is dissolved
  • In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar and salt together
  • Add the yeast mixture and stir until soft dough forms
  • If the dough is too dry add a tablespoon of extra water at a time; if the dough is too sticky add a tablespoon of extra flour at a time
  • Transfer the dough to a floured work surface
  • With floured hands, knead the dough until it becomes smooth and elastic, about 10 to 12 minutes
  • Drizzle the inside of a clean bowl with olive oil
  • Put the dough in the bowl and cover loosely with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel
  • Set the bowl in a warm, draft-free place, until the dough has doubled in size, about 2 hours
  • Using a fist, deflate the dough in the center and cut into 3 equal - sized pieces
  • Form the dough pieces into 3 balls and put into 3 oiled bowls
  • Cover each bowl loosely with plastic wrap or a damp kitchen towel and let rest for 1 hour

Now for the Hawaiian Part:

  • ¼ fresh pineapple, sliced thin
  • 3 slices cooked ham, medium thickness
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ jar pizza sauce
  • ½ small can tomato sauce
  • ½ tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • ½ tablespoon Italian seasoning

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Combine pizza sauce, tomato sauce, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, basil leaves and Italian seasoning in a medium saucepan over medium heat just until the sauce is fully incorporated and hot
  • Roll out the pizza dough into a circle or whatever shape works for you
  • Lightly grease a pizza wheel and then sprinkle with corn meal
  • Put the formed pizza dough on the pizza wheel
  • Using a ladle swirl the pizza sauce on the dough so that it covers the base completely
  • Add ham and pineapple slices on top of the sauce, covering as much of the pizza dough base as you like [save a few pieces of ham & pineapple to top the cheese with]

  • Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the pineapple & ham so that the pizza is completely covered with cheese

  • Top with additional ham and pineapple slices
  • Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until the bottom of the dough is cooked to your liking!
  • Remove, allow to cool for a couple of minutes & ENJOY!

I loved this pizza. I particularly loved the flavor of the ham melding with the sweetness of the pineapple and the sharp flavor of the cheese. It was delicious!! It took us a lot not to eat all of it in one sitting!

As far as pizza dough is concerned, I personally love my pizza dough done, nothing soggy and nothing limp. However, that does not mean I like my crust burnt. I will tell you that happened this weekend with one of our pizzas [the crust was burnt at the top, not the pizza] and I COULD NOT get enough of it. The dough is that good. I hope you give it a try and create your own pizza pie!

There is nothing like making your own pizza, eating it and having it be as healthy as this particular pie!

Give it a try! I promise you will not be disappointed!!

Until Next Time,

Happy Pizza Makin’