Get a Slice of This: Hawaiian Pizza #Sponsored by OXO

Before sitting down to develop today's recipe I took a poll among friends, family, and random strangers (because I'm that weird person who talks to everyone I stumble across in life.) What I wanted to determine was which pizza toppings were most popular. I was pretty sure that my favorite combination—roasted red pepper, mushroom, caramelized onion, and pesto—wasn't going to make the list. What I wasn't prepared for was the sheer number of people who like pineapple on their pizza.

And to think I was so sure pepperoni was going to be the winner. 

I never stopped to consider that pineapple could be a pizza topping, much less one with such a cult following. The other surprising thing was how consistent people were with their pairings: ham or Canadian bacon with nary a vegetable in sight. I felt like there was a little room to improve upon everyone's idea of the perfect Hawaiian pizza, which is how today's recipe came about. The pairing of home made pizza dough, a simple tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh pineapple, hickory smoked honey ham, and a sprinkling of red onion makes for a mouth-watering combination that you absolutely have to try.

Don't forget to keep reading after the recipe for a quick review of some great tools from OXO that will help you on your quest to make the perfect pizza at home.

DISCLOSURE:  Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of Get a Slice of This: The OXO Pizza Campaign, through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set  tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

DISCLOSURE: Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of Get a Slice of This: The OXO Pizza Campaign, through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set  tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

Hawaiian Pizza


makes two14 inch pizzas + extra sauce


 

Ingredients

 

for the sauce

28 ounce can of San Marzano whole peeled tomatoes
1 teaspoon sea salt, or more to taste

for the dough

1⅛ cup water + additional tablespoon, as necessary (see notes)
2¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
1 pinch sugar
3 cups King Arthur Bread Flour + additional 1/4 cup
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil

toppings (double if making two pizzas)

½ cup pizza sauce
1 eight ounce ball of fresh mozzarella, sliced
½ cup fresh pineapple, cut into 1 inch chunks
2 slices hickory smoked honey ham
⅛ cup red onion, thinly sliced
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste

Directions

 

for the sauce

  • In a food processor, combine whole peeled tomatoes with their juices and sea salt. Pulse 4 - 6 times until the tomatoes are broken up, but still slightly chunky. Taste the sauce and add more salt as needed, then use immediately or refrigerate for up to seven days.

for the dough

  • Fill a large glass measuring cup with 1⅛ cup water that is no warmer than 110°F. Add active dry yeast and a pinch of sugar, then stir until everything has dissolved completely. Let the mixture rest for 10 minutes. Your mixture should be slightly bubbly.
  • In a large bowl add 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon sea salt, and the mixture of water, yeast, and sugar. Mix by hand until all of the ingredients are combined and the dough is sticky and somewhat shaggy looking. If the weather is cool and dry you may need to add additional warm water, so do it slowly, one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together easily.
  • Set the mixing bowl in a warm spot, cover with a towel, and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  • Dust your work surface with a small amount of flour, then place the dough on top. Knead it firmly and continue to dust with flour until you have a smooth ball of dough. Return the dough to the mixing bowl, cover with a towel, and let it rise on the counter for 2 hours at room temperature (approximately 70°F.)
  • Cut the dough into two equal size balls. If you don't plan on making two pizzas take a small amount of olive oil and coat the inside of a large plastic container, add the ball of dough, then cover and and refrigerate for several days.
  • Take the remaining ball of dough and slowly stretch it into a round, flat disk. If you're having difficulty with it keeping the shape you want or find it tears easily, let the dough rest briefly, then continue to shape the dough. You'll want a circle that is roughly 14 inches in size.
  • Move your oven rack to the lowest setting, then preheat the oven to 450°F

Now build your pizza...

  • Top the crust with pizza sauce and spread it evenly over the top of the pizza. Add slices of fresh mozzarella, pineapple chunks, ham, and onion. 
  • Bake in a preheated oven for approximately 13 - 15 minutes or until the crust is lightly browned along the edges. Remove the pizza from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes before cutting into slices. Top with a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes, then enjoy!

Notes


The extra sauce will keep in the refrigerator for about a week, but you can freeze the leftovers for up to three months that way you'll always have some on hand when you want to make pizza. I like to portion mine out into ½ cup containers so I only need to defrost what is needed to make a pizza.

For the sauce I'm partial to using Cento brand San Marzano tomatoes, but can use your favorite whole peeled tomatoes. If you decide to make this sauce using something other than San Marzano tomatoes you may want to add a pinch or two of sugar. San Marzano tomatoes are naturally sweet and less acidic than many other canned tomatoes you'll see on the shelves and the extra bit of sugar will help compensate for the added acidity.

If you have refrigerated one of your balls of dough leave it on the counter for an hour or two, until it has reached room temperature, before use. Once it has warmed up you can stretch it out to fit your pan. If you try to work with cold dough it won't stretch easily and may tear.

Don't forget to keep reading for our review of the products we used for today's recipe.

Review

 

OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Pizza Pan: I've tried quite a few different methods of making pizza over the years and I'll fully admit to having a preference when it comes to the pan vs stone debate—I do love my pizza stone—but there are a number of instances where using a pan is flat out more convenient.

Most notable is the fact that the prep time for putting together a pizza decreases significantly because you don't need to wait an hour for the pizza stone to reach 450°F. This is great for those times when you want pizza in a hurry and even better when you don't want to warm the house up by keeping the oven on for long periods of time. I rarely make pizza in the summer because it means I'll have the oven on for at least 90 minutes, but by using a pan instead I'm down to 30 minutes tops. For those of you who live up North in the land where houses don't have air conditioners, this is a real plus.

The other thing I really like about this pan is that absolutely nothing sticks to it. This means I don't have to spend time after dinner scrapping off baked-on cheese or sauce, which is a common occurrence with my pizza stone. A quick wash with soap and water is all this pan needs, everything slides right off. The downside to this is that the pizza does tend to move around if I cut it directly on the pan, so I have to make sure I'm twice as careful while I'm slicing up my pizza.

Where to Purchase


OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Pizza Pan: Find it on Amazon or purchase it directly from OXO

OXO 4" Pizza Wheel and Cutter for Non-Stick Pans: I have an OXO Pizza Wheel that was given to me as a wedding gift and I absolutely love it. Over the past nine years it has sliced its way through hundreds of pizzas and still works great. So, being so highly satisfied with my current wheel I was curious to see how the plastic version that is designed for use with non-stick pans would hold up. I was a little skeptical at first, but it sliced right through my thick crust pizza without a problem and the cheese hardly stuck to it, something I can't say about my trusty metal pizza wheel. If you own a set of non-stick baking sheets or pizza pan this is definitely a piece of equipment you'll want to take a closer look at. 

Where to Purchase


OXO 4" Pizza Wheel and Cutter for Non-Stick Pans: Find it on Amazon or purchase it directly from OXO

OXO Good Grips Complete Grate & Slice Set: Last but not least, I had a chance to try out OXO's Grate & Slice set, which couldn't have come at a better time. I have good knife skills, but I also have arthritis, so all this rainy weather we've been having has been making my hands ache. It's been difficult to hold on to my knife, but with the Slice & Grate's large handle I was able to produces perfectly uniform slices every single time, with hardly any effort. This nifty tool has been a real asset in the kitchen and it makes short work of putting together the perfect pizza or salad.

The four removable plates give you the option for a coarse or medium grate, as well the slicing surfaces that give a straight or julienne cut. Since the cutting surfaces are removable you have the option of slicing or grating directly over a bowl or you can use the bottom of the container to collect and measure your ingredients as you slice away. When you're done all the pieces, including the handle, fit inside the box. That means there is no chance you'll cut yourself as you're taking it out of the drawer, which is something I've done several times with the blades to my mandoline.

Whether you're just learning how to cook and haven't developed your knife skills yet or you're starting to find holding a knife is becoming increasingly difficult, this is one tool I'd definitely recommend you check out.

Where to Purchase


OXO Good Grips Complete Grate & Slice Set: Find it on Amazon or purchase it directly from OXO

OXO Grate and Slice

Disclosure


This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Get a Slice of This: The OXO Pizza Campaign through the blogger outreach program. They have provided me with a set of tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza #Unprocessed

As I mentioned before, we love pizza, which is why I've recently declared Friday night homemade pizza night. I generally stick to pepperoni, which is one of those foods that should probably be considered a food group all of its own. Much like bacon it makes everything taste better. Since we go through so much of it I made a half-hearted attempted to find an unprocessed pepperoni we could eat during October #Unprocessed, but after a fruitless search I gave up. When I stumbled across a package of roast beef deli meat instead inspiration struck— I decided to make cheesesteak pizza. 

Picture this... thin slices of beef, gooey mozzarella and provolone, caramelized onions, bell peppers, and a little bit of sauce. Are you drooling yet? I promise it tastes as delicious as it sounds. We ended up eating it every Friday in October (so much for creativity, but can you blame me?) Every week I fiddled with the ingredients until I found the perfect balance of cheese, meat, and veggies. Feel free to try it out the next time you decide to have a pizza night, you won't regret it one bit.
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
makes 1 medium pizza

Ingredients

½ White Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe
1 Tablespoon salted butter
½ cup yellow onion, diced
 cup pizza sauce
4 ounces provolone cheese
4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
½ cup red bell pepper, diced
3 ounces sliced roast beef 

Directions

  • Follow the directions for White Whole Wheat Pizza Crust recipe. You'll need half of the dough for a medium pizza. If you plan on making a large you'll need to double the amounts listed above for the toppings.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. If you are using a pizza stone you will want to preheat the stone for 20 minutes before you are ready to make your pizza.
  • In a cast iron skillet set over medium-low heat, melt butter, add diced onions, and cook until they are translucent.
  • Remove the pizza stone from the oven, place the rolled out crust on the stone, and add sauce, provolone cheese, mozzarella cheese, onions, red bell pepper, and roast beef. Work quickly so the stone does not cool off, it is best if you have your ingredients laid out and ready to go.
  • Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, until the cheese and crust start to turn golden brown. Let the pizza rest for several minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

The pizza in the photo is made with mozzarella only. I didn't realize I had run out of provolone cheese until the last minute (which is why you always lay your ingredients out before you begin a recipe.) I highly recommend a mixture of provolone and mozzarella, but you could use all provolone or all mozzarella. I've tried this all three ways and each one was delicious, although I prefer equal parts provolone and mozzarella. 

White Whole Wheat Pizza Crust #Unprocessed

I tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to menu planning. We have meatless Monday, taco Tuesday, some sort of pasta on Wednesday, leftovers on Thursday, and pizza night on Friday. Most of my creativity in the kitchen comes out on the weekends, which is why one of my goals during October #Unprocessed was to experiment with healthy ingredients that I had never used before. In addition to making our meals more nutritious I wanted to use this as an opportunity to shake up our menu a bit. 

Early in October I read that white whole wheat flour is a good middle ground for anyone who don't care for the strong flavor of traditional whole wheat flour. Because it is made from a different type of wheat the flavor is more mild and the texture isn't as course. That little bit of knowlege solved a problem I've been struggling with for six years. Just shortly after my husband and I got married I discovered that he hates whole wheat flour. That posed a bit of a problem for my baking style since that was pretty much all I used. I wasn't going to make my hubby eat something he hated (although I do sneak a few things in on occasion.) Instead, I spent a good portion on my free time adapting my recipes to work with unbleached all-purpose flour. I wish I would have known about white whole wheat at the time, it would have saved me a lot of work in the kitchen.

My first attempt at using it was in the pizza crust recipe I'll be sharing with you today. I knew that I couldn't go a whole month without eating pizza, so that was one of the first recipes I decided to adapt to be unprocessed. The good news is that my husband didn't even notice the change and even I found the differences to be rather subtle. The crust had a slightly more dense texture than it's all-purpose flour counterpart and baked up to be slightly more crispy on the bottom. I happened to really enjoy that, it solved my soggy pizza problem that I encounter occasionally when I try to drowned my pizza in sauce. Not all crusts hold up to my love of pizza sauce, but this one was perfect. My husband and I both agreed that this was one change that I made last month that will be sticking around. The cheesesteak pizza we enjoyed every Friday during the challenge is something I'll continue to make for pizza night. I love the fact that we can still enjoy pizza and not feel guilty about what we're eating. When we make pizza at home we have full control over the ingredients and pizza can be a healthy meal.

White Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
makes 1 extra large or 2 medium crusts

Ingredients

2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
½ teaspoon brown sugar or turbinado sugar
1 ½ cups warm water (110°F)
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cups white whole wheat flour + additional  - ½ cup for rolling out dough 

Directions

  • Fill a small glass bowl with warm water (110°F) add sugar and yeast, then let it sit for 10 minutes to activate.
  • Add olive oil to a mixing bowl, making sure to coat the sides of the bowl. Add flour, sea salt, and the activated yeast, then mix using the dough hook attachment until well combined.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise for 1 hour until it doubles in size. Punch the dough down and form it into a ball, then let it relax for a few minutes before continuing.
  • While the dough is relaxing preheat the oven to 425°F. If you are using a pizza stone you will want to preheat the stone for 20 minutes before you are ready to make your pizza.
  • If you don't want to make an extra large pizza split the dough into 2 balls before rolling it out. See notes below for storage tips.
  • Turn the dough out on a floured surface, sprinkle the dough ball and rolling pin with flour, then roll the dough out working in a circular pattern.
  • Remove the pizza stone from the oven, place the rolled out crust on the stone, and add toppings as desired. Work quickly so the stone does not cool off, it is best if you have your ingredients laid out and ready to go.
  • Bake for 18 - 20 minutes, until the cheese and crust start to turn golden brown. Let the pizza rest for several minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

This recipe can be divided into two portions and the leftovers frozen for up to three months. Just thaw the dough in the refrigerator overnight before using and let it come up to room temperature before you roll it out.

If you haven't used your pizza stone before or it isn't well seasoned I suggest adding a small handful of corn meal to the stone before laying down the pizza crust. This will help prevent it from sticking to the stone.