It's funny how your taste buds change as you get older. For the first, oh, 25 years of my life the thought of pineapple on a pizza made me gag (and not many foods do). Then, somehow, the tables turned. Without notice I suddenly craved pineapple on pizza. Weird, I know but that's also how I came to love V8 juice.
Anyway. Hawaiian pizzas (pineapple and ham) have sooo many possibilities. One of my favorites is to spice it up with a little bit of jalapeno, which I have done here. If you have a few extra pennies, buy some feta and sprinkle it on there for a little saltiness (salty, sweet and spicy is the triple threat of deliciousness).
If fresh jalapenos are a little too spicy for you, try pickled jalapenos instead. If ANY jalapeno is too spicy, use a little fresh red onion to juxtapose the sweet pineapple.
Total Recipe cost: $3.76
Servings Per Recipe: 4 (two large pieces per serving)
Cost per serving: $0.94
Prep time: 10 min. Cook time: 20 min. Total: 30 min.
|1 ball||pizza dough||$0.37|
|3/4 cup||pizza sauce||$0.60|
|1.5 cups||shredded monterrey jack||$1.38|
|8 oz.||pineapple pieces (canned)||$0.67|
|3 oz.||sliced ham||$0.56|
STEP 1: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Allow your pizza dough to come to room temperature if frozen or refrigerated. On a lightly floured surface, stretch the dough into a 16 inch round. Spray a perforated pizza pan with non-stick spray and sprinkle it lightly with corn meal (if desired). Transfer the stretched dough onto the pizza pan.
STEP 2: Spread the pizza sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a one inch area of crust around the outside edge. Top with cheese, pineapple, diced ham slices and thinly sliced jalapeno.
STEP 3: Bake in the fully preheated oven (425 degrees) for 15-20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Enjoy!
Step By Step Photos
Slice the jalapeno and dice the ham slices. Avoid buying presliced deli/sandwich ham because it is usually quite expensive. I found this ham near the spiral hams and thick breakfast ham slices. It was nearly half the price of sandwich ham.
Top the pizza and bake at 425 degrees. The oven must be fully preheated before baking or else you'll have crappy crust.
It's no secret that I looooove pizza and coming up with new topping combinations. I'd love to hear all of the wild and crazy pizza topping ideas that you've had or even just your favorite combo.
My craziest topping (crazy and still delicious, I mean) is pickled vegetables. Yeah, sounds gross but it's ooooh so good!