Yes, I am solidly on Team Pineapple Pizza, and I don't care who knows it! If you are, too, then this Hawaiian Pizza is exactly what you've been craving.
It doesn't make sense—pineapple with red sauce, mozzarella, and ham—but something about that salty-sweet combo is just divine to me. For my version of the ever-controversial Hawaiian Pizza, I add some extra summer vibes by brushing the dough with bacon grease before piling on the other toppings.
Pro tip: If you have the time, you won't regret making a batch of Barbecue Pizza Sauce instead of the no-cook marinara called for in this recipe. It will up the sweetness of the pizza, if that's your jam, and it will bring you that summertime BBQ flavor any time of year.
- Large rimmed baking sheet or baking stone/steel
- Pizza peel (optional)
- pastry brush
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- 1 (14- to 16-ounce) ball pizza dough
- ½ to ⅔ cup super-easy marinara sauce (or use my Barbecue Pizza Sauce for an extra-summery pizza)
- 6 ounces low-moisture mozzarella shredded (about 1½ cups)
- ½ cup diced ham steak (about half of an 8-ounce ham steak)
- ½ cup diced fresh pineapple (use canned if you can't find fresh)
- Preheat the oven to 500°F (if using a baking sheet) or as high as it will go (if using a baking stone/steel; place the stone/steel in the bottom third of the oven before you start preheating).
- Cook the chopped bacon in a medium skillet over medium heat until it just begins to crisp up at the edges, about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the bacon to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Do not wipe out the skillet.
- If you're using a baking stone/steel, turn the oven to Broil on high.
- Stretch or roll out your dough to a 12-inch circle, then transfer it to an oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet or a lightly floured pizza peel (if using a baking stone/steel).
- Use a pastry brush to coat the dough lightly with bacon grease from the skillet. Spread the sauce evenly over the dough, leaving a ½-inch border all around. Top with half of the cheese, then the ham, pineapple, and bacon, spreading everything out evenly. Finish with the remaining cheese.
- Transfer the pizza to the oven and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese has browned in spots—8 to 10 minutes on the baking sheet, 6 to 8 minutes on the baking stone/steel.
- Remove the pizza from the oven. Let it cool for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
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