Love the sweet and savory combination of ham and pineapple? You're not alone! Hawaiian pizza, despite its name, was actually invented in Canada in the 1960s by Sam Panopoulos. This unique blend of flavors has since become a beloved choice for pizza lovers worldwide. Curious about making it at home? Let's get started!

hawaiian pizza

Ingredients List

Essential Ingredients:

  • Pizza Dough (homemade or store-bought)
  • Pizza Sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • Ham (sliced or cubed)
  • Pineapple (fresh or canned, cut into chunks)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)

Optional Ingredients:

  • Bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • Red Onion (thinly sliced)
  • Green Bell Pepper (thinly sliced)
  • JalapeƱos (for a spicy kick)
  • Fresh Basil (for garnish)

Preparation Steps

1. Prepare the Pizza Dough

Whether you're using homemade or store-bought dough, make sure it's at room temperature. If you're making your own dough, follow your favorite recipe or find a reliable one online.

2. Roll Out the Dough

Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll out the dough to your desired thickness, typically around 12 inches in diameter for a standard pizza.

3. Spread the Pizza Sauce

Evenly spread the pizza sauce over the rolled-out dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust.

4. Layer the Toppings

  • Ham: Evenly distribute the ham slices or cubes over the sauce.
  • Pineapple: Add the pineapple chunks, ensuring they're well spread out.
  • Cheese: Generously sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Optional Ingredients: If you're using any of the optional ingredients, add them now.

Baking Instructions

1. Preheat the Oven

Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C). If you're using a pizza stone, place it in the oven to preheat as well.

2. Bake the Pizza

Transfer your pizza to a baking sheet or the preheated pizza stone. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Serving and Presentation Tips

Once your Hawaiian pizza is baked to perfection, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a couple of minutes. Use a pizza cutter to slice it into wedges. For an extra touch of freshness, garnish with freshly chopped basil.

Enjoy Your Homemade Hawaiian Pizza!

Invite some friends over or enjoy it solo—either way, your homemade Hawaiian pizza is sure to be a hit. Serve it with a side salad and your favorite beverage for a complete meal.


Making Hawaiian pizza at home is not only fun but also incredibly rewarding. With its delightful blend of flavors and textures, it's a great addition to any home cook's repertoire. Give it a try and share your experience with fellow pizza lovers!

Happy cooking! šŸ•

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