We have a favorite brick oven pizza and pasta restaurant (Scarpas) that we like to go to when it's our date night. I think we've been there about 5 times in the last year, and 3 or 4 of those times I've ordered one of their non-menu specials, Spicy Hawaiian Pizza. It's seriously so good. They use thick sliced strips of Canadian bacon, fresh pineapple, real mozzarella, green chile (it's a big thing in New Mexico), roasted red pepper, and cilantro. I'm a sucker for it. It's seriously my favorite pizza combo.
Last fall during chile season we had 40 pounds of chiles roasted. Here in New Mexico during chile roasting season anytime you go to a grocery store or farmers market there are huge bins outside where they will roast your chiles for free. It smells so good! So, we naturally use our famous NM chiles on almost anything, but you can easily used canned ones (or roast your own as shown in this post).
After eating this pizza time and time again at Scarpas, I decided that if I love it sooo much, I needed to be able to make it at home and enjoy it fresh from my oven whenever I wanted. I used our best pizza tips for making the dough and sauce (check out our pizza series here) and then added the flavors I wanted for Spicy Hawaiian. After Easter last week, we had this leftover ham (best ham ever) and I decided that I needed to make this pizza with it. If I didn't have this ham I would have bought some quality Canadian bacon (but I'm sure you could use diced or sliced ham if you have that on hand). And I'd highly recommend fresh pineapple too, it really was amazing!
So, here is my version of Spicy Hawaiian Pizza, I hope you'll enjoy it! My husband declared this our best combo of flavors yet and told me I was a pizza ninja! :) I'll take it!
You'll want to make sure to make a few of these if you have a bunch to feed, becasue at our house with 4 the pizza went fast!
better grab that last piece...
Here is a handy picture for your pinning pleasure.
And the recipe with printable version below.
Spicy Hawaiian Pizza
This will yield 2 12-16-inch pizza crusts if you use our dough recipe. I didn’t list amounts for the ingredients because you can really put on as much or little as you want.
Real mozzarella or blend of colby and mozzarella cheese
Thick slices/strips of Candian bacon
Fresh pineapple, sliced into bite size pieces
1 can diced green chile, or fresh roasted (use as much or little as you want)
Roasted red pepper, diced (do it yourself or by bottled)
Cilantro, chopped, for garnish
1. Make pizza dough recipe.
2. Pre-heat oven (according to your dough recipe - 475-500 for ours). Divide dough into 2 and roll into 16 inch circle. Place dough on a pizza pan and top with sauce.
3. Sprinkle with the desired amount of cheese and top with as much of the toppings as you like. Garnish with cilantro and sprinkle with a tad bit more of cheese to kind of seal it all together.
4. Bake according to pizza dough recipe (we do 475-500 degrees for 6-12 minutes).
A Leesh & Lu original, by Lu