As promised, I wanted to share a pizza recipe with you all – to go with that yummy honey whole wheat pizza dough I am sure you will be making soon;) And this pizza recipe is also a perfect way to use up leftover holiday ham!
I love ham. I mean, what’s better than good old-fashioned, glazed ham. I am pretty sure I love it because it’s holiday food. You know – like Sweet Potato Casserole at Thanksgiving or Standing Rib Roast at Christmas or Peach Jello Cake on my birthday – it’s a rare treat because you only really eat it on special occasions. My mom always tells me a story about how one Christmas when I was 2, I told everyone that I wanted a ham for Christmas. I am sure I thought she meant for Christmas dinner! But my mom insists I just loved ham so much that it was the best present I could imagine…
Back to the recipe today, if you don’t have any leftover ham, you could also just cut up one of the prepackaged ham slices from the grocery store (or ham steaks as they are sometimes called). Just as long as you don’t try to use ham lunchmeat – that just won’t cut it:)
So my White Hawaiian Pizza with Salami & Basil is a twist on a traditional Hawaiian pizza, which oddly enough was invented in Canada. Most of you are probably familiar with the traditional Hawaiian – a tomato sauce base with ham or Canadian bacon, pineapple and cheese. Well, I actually don’t really love red sauce, so whenever possible, I convert my pizza recipes to a “white” version.
For this Hawaiian pizza, I stretch my honey whole wheat pizza crust super thin and then drizzle with olive oil and then rub some salt, garlic and dried herbs all over. I top it with layers of mozzarella and provolone cheese, ham, pineapple, caramelized peppers and onions, and salami. Then, because everything is better with fresh basil, I scatter fresh basil on top right before serving. I think the blend of creamy mozzarella and slightly sharp Provolone is such a perfect compliment to the sweet pineapple, the spicy salami and bright basil. This pizza is delicious – right up there with holiday ham in my book!
To make this White Hawaiian Pizza with Salami & Basil you will need:
1/4 of a batch of Honey Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups of shredded Mozzarella and Provolone cheese
3/4 cup of chopped or sliced ham (not lunchmeat)
1/4 cup of chopped or sliced salami (thin sliced deli-style salami is ok here)
1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks
1/2 green bell pepper, sliced
1/2 small onion, sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon water
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
1/2 teaspoon garlic and herbs seasoning
Here’s what you do:
Preheat your oven to 425. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil, sliced peppers and onions. Saute for about 5 minutes until the veggies start to soften, add 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the brown sugar. Cook for another 5-8 minutes until the peppers and onions start to caramelize. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the sliced ham into the pan with a splash of water. You want to warm the ham and flavor it a bit with some of the caramelized goodness from the peppers and onions. Remove the heat and set aside.
Roll out your dough on a floured or non-stick surface to about a 8×10 inch rectangle. Carefully pick up your dough and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet or pan – stretching out with your hands until you have a large rectangle – about 10 x 15.
Drizzle the rectangle with a tablespoon of olive oil, using your fingers to rub the olive oil over the entire surface. Sprinkle with the garlic and herbs seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Now it’s time to decorate your pizza:) I always start with a light layer and cheese to keep the dough from getting too soggy. I topped mine with the ham first, then sprinkled with peppers and onions. I added a little more cheese and the pineapple.Lastly I add the rest of the shredded cheese and the sliced salami. I season with salt and pepper again before throwing this pizza in the oven.
This pizza will bake in a 425 oven for anywhere from 11-16 minutes. You really want to watch the pizza to make sure the bottom crisps up and browns and the top doesn’t get burnt. For me, this means putting it on the lower middle oven rack and then taking out my pizza when the bottom’s done and putting the pizza under the broiler for about 2 – 3 minutes to brown the cheese on top just a bit.
And there it is! The beautiful and delicious White Hawaiian Pizza!
I hope you enjoy this pizza recipe – I know we sure did!