For the past few weeks I’ve had a serious craving for pizza. After a few late night trips to the pizzeria on the corner, I decided to intervene with something a little less greasy and a little more homemade.
When I’m making pizza at home, I use premade dough from the bakery or deli section of the grocery store. It comes in a plastic bag (about 22 ounces) and eliminates all of the time it takes to make dough and wait for it to rise. I lucked out when making this recipe and found whole wheat dough, which packs an extra nutritional punch.
Hawaiian Pizza can be a hit or miss; you either love the idea of fruit on your pizza or the thought grosses you out. But if you’re brave enough to try it I have a feeling you’ll love it. Instead of using the traditional Canadian bacon for this recipe, I asked for a thick slice of ham at the deli counter. The Canadian bacon was much more expensive and I knew I wouldn’t use the whole package for myself.
If you already love Hawaiian Pizza, I know you’ll like this made-at-home version. If you’re not on the pineapple-on-your-pizza bandwagon, I hope you give this a try!
Hawaiian Jalapeno Pizza
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle .5 tablespoon whole wheat flour onto a cutting board. Roll 22 ounces whole wheat dough in the flour, covering the outside until the dough is no longer sticky. Pull and press the dough into a rectangular shape, about the same size as the cookie sheet and about half an inch think. Sprinkle the top with 1 teaspoon cornmeal. (If you don’t already have cornmeal in your pantry, skip that step – it’s a nice addition but not worth buying a whole package of cornmeal!) Place the dough on the cookie sheet, with the cornmeal side down. Poke the top of the dough with a fork to release air bubbles and bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
While the dough is pre-cooking, thinly slice 1/3 cup pineapple and 1 medium jalapeno. Dice 1 thickly sliced piece of deli ham (about .1 pounds) into inch long strips. Remove dough from the over and top with ¾ cup tomato sauce, ¾ cup mozzarella cheese, and the pineapple, jalapeno, and ham. Place the pizza back in the oven and cook for 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
Yield: 4 servings. Per Serving: $1.71, 481 calories, 13g fat, 76g carbs, 18.5g protein.