Easter Leftovers – Hawaiian Pizza
Even though it was just Dana and I for Easter, I made a giant honey glazed ham. I could not help myself. Plus I love leftovers. But then you have to figure out what leftovers to make. There are a million tasty little creations that you can make with leftover ham. I decided to make one of Dana’s favorites, Hawaiian Pizza.
- 1 pizza dough – (recipe for Basic Pizza Dough)
- 1 cup Pizza Sauce – Store Bought or Recipe below
- 1 cup ham, cut into pieces
- 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
- 2 cups mozzarella
- 1 Can whole peeled tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic
- 15 basil leaves
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp red pepper flake – (optional)
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, finely diced
- 1 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- dash of cracked pepper and kosher salt
The first step is to make the pizza dough and let it rise till it doubles. Here is a simple and easy pizza dough. If you are running short on time, almost all grocery stores have pre-made pizza dough in the deli section. Or, you can always stop by a local pizzaria and purchase the pre-made dough.
If you are going to use a store bought pizza sauce you can skip the next couple steps. Otherwise, pour the can of whole tomatoes into a bowl and crush with your hand, a potato masher or a pastry cutter. Once you have all of the big chunks broken up you are good.
Now take the 15 leaves of basil and roll them together like a cigar. Then thinly slice them into ribbons. The technical term is chiffonade. Sounds fancy doesn’t it. It means breath of butterflies, joking it really only means thin long strips. Sorry to dissappoint.
Add the chiffonade basil to the bowl with the three cloves of garlic finely minced. Add the salt, pepper and red pepper flake. This is a good time to taste the sauce. If it needs more salt or pepper feel free to add it.
First form the pizza dough into a round pizza.
Using a brush spread the garlic oil around the edge of the pizza.
Now evenly spread the sauce over the pizza. Then top with the 2 cups of cheese. Make sure not to use too much cheese. You want bits of red from the sauce to peep through the cheese. Then finally top with the ham and pineapple.
Place the pizza in a preheated 475 degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Cook until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted and starting to brown.
This pizza is awesome.
The garlic oil makes the crust more like garlic bread. Awesome!