Growing Chefs! Ontario Hawaiian Detroit Style Pizza

Hawaiian Detroit Style Pizza

There really is something about the combination of sweet and tangy pineapple and bacon that makes Hawaiian pizza so good! What makes a pizza Detroit style” is that it is baked in a pan, has a thick, chewy, and delicious frico crust, meaning it has cheese stuffed in the side!“
Serves 4-6
1 ball Detroit style pizza dough (see recipe)2 cups pineapple, cut into 1 centimetre cubes1/2 cup red onion, finely diced2 cups ham, cut into 1 centimetre cubes1 pound bacon, cooked and cut into small pieces2 cups San Marzano tomatoes, crushed1 garlic clove, finely minced1 teaspoon dried oregano1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese1 1/2 cups cubed mozzarella cheese olive oil salt to taste
Cutting boardChef’s knife or paring knifeMeasuring cups and spoonsBowls, various sizesBaking dish, 9x13”GraterMedium potMedium frying panBlenderWooden spoonMicroplane (optional)SpatulasTasting spoonsDish towel

Get Organized!

Gather all your ingredients and equipment before you get started!

Get Prepped!

Finely mince garlic clove, and measure out crushed tomatoes and oregano.

In a medium pot over medium high heat, pour a tablespoon of olive oil, and let warm up. Add the 1 clove of minced garlic, and stir about 10 seconds until fragrant. Add the tomato sauce mixture and cook until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Cut the skin off of the pineapple, and remove the centre woody core. Dice the pineapple into 1 centimetre cubes.

Cut the red onion into a very fine dice.

Cut the ham into 1 centimetre cubes.

Cook the bacon in a frying pan until it is crispy. Strain the fat and let the bacon cool. Cut it into small pieces.

Cut 1 cup of mozzarella cheese into 1 cm cubes, and grate another 1 ½ cups using the cheese grater.

To prepare pizza for baking, pour 1 – 2 teaspoons of olive oil into your baking dish and spread it around to all of the sides to make sure it is well greased. Place your dough into the pan and using your hands, stretch the dough and push it to the sides of the pan. If needed, let it rest a few minutes and then continue stretching.

Add the tomato sauce on the bottom of the pizza, spreading to about 2 centimetres away from the edge of the pizza.

Add the diced cheese on top of the tomato sauce and add the pineapple, ham, bacon, and red onion on top of that.

Take your grated cheese, and place a small amount around the edges of the pizza, tucking it into the edges to create the frico crust. If there is any cheese leftover sprinkle it on top of the pizza.

Get Cooking!

Preheat the oven to 500°F (if your oven will reach this temperature, otherwise 450°F). Bake the pizza for 20 – 24 minutes until crust is golden and crispy and cooked through. Remove from the pan with a couple of spatulas, let pizza cool a couple minutes.

Cut pizza into squares.