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After all, whenever the subject of Hawaiian Pizza comes up, people either go into a rage or rave about the stuff---they are rarely ambivalent on the subject. Mention this recipe to an Italian and they will more than likely offer some choice hand-gestures, facial expressions and perhaps some choice words to show their contempt for this disgustoso breech of pizza etiquette.
The Hawaiian Pizza idea was invented by Sam Panopoulos---yes, he was a Greek-Canadian, not Italian. But then again, neither is Hawaiian Pizza. Panopoulos came up with the idea in his restaurant back in 1962.
- The name, "Hawaiian" came from the can of pineapples used in it's creation.
- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a fan of the dish and came out on #teampineapple on Twitter earlier this year.
- Iceland's president, Guoni Johannesson, is "fundamentally opposed" to pineapple on pizza and suggested it should be banned.
- Chef Gordon Ramsey is not on #teampineapple.
- Some Germans have laid claim to the invention, saying it is based on their pineapple-cheese-ham sandwich, the Toast Hawaii, popular in the 1950s.
- So far, neither Canada nor Germany has declared a Pizza War.
- Pizza dough recipe (Read my pizza dough primer HERE)
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce (Read Our Secrets to Making a Great Pizza Sauce HERE)
- 1 -1/2 cups part skim, shredded mozzarella cheese.
- 1/2 cup (75g) thin sliced baked ham, Canadian bacon (or to make it more "Italian", thick sliced and diced prosciutto).
- 1 can Dole Pineapple chunks (or 1-1/2 cups fresh, diced)
Prepare the dough, form your pizza round, top with sauce, then mozzarella, and finally with the pineapple and ham. Drizzle with a little Extra Virgin olive oil and a dusting of dried basil.
Bake in a 515 F oven for 5-7 minutes, preferably on a pizza stone or baking steel. Your oven may vary... keep an eye on this, ensuring that the crust bottom is done along with the toppings. If your crust is done before the toppings, put the oven on broil for an extra 1/2 minutes.