Inspired by the classic Hawaiian Pizza, this Grilled Pineapple and Prosciutto Pizza features pineapple pizza recipe features grilled pineapple, red onions, prosciutto and Piave cheese.
I read somewhere once that Hawaiian Pizza was first made in Canada, which is a bit strange, since pineapples certainly don't grow here! Perhaps it was our way of capturing a bit of the tropics through the long winter. Regardless, I love Hawaiian pizza. It's a bit of a guilty pleasure - knowing there's something maybe a wee bit wrong about it, but then again ... oh so right ;)
This pizza is inspired by the classic Hawaiian pizza, using grilled pineapple and red onions, together with prosciutto and Piave cheese. Piave cheese just happened to be what I had on hand and it turned out to be a great foil for the other flavours in the pizza. It's nutty, a bit sweet and semi-firm (or firm, depending on how old it is). I didn't need to use a lot of it to add great flavour, which was nice. I also topped it off with a bit more grated Piave and some fresh baby arugula, for some colour.
Cook's Notes for Grilled Pineapple and Prosciutto Pizza
If you can't find Piave cheese, I think Manchego would be nice, or Parmesan, or you could always default to mozzarella. As always, my homemade pizzas start with Jim Lahey's pizza dough.
Grilled Pineapple and Prosciutto Pizza
- 1 lb homemade or store-bought pizza dough
- 15 oz Pizza sauce
- Fresh pineapple spears (grilled and cut into chunks)
- Red onion (sliced across the equator and separated in to rings)
- Prosciutto (roughly chopped)
- Grated Piave (Manchego, Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese)
- Fresh baby arugula
- Preheat your oven (and pizza stone, if using) to 500 ° F.
- Prepare your pizza dough in to a round and spread with pizza sauce. Top with grilled pineapple and red onions. Sprinkle with some Piave cheese.
- Bake in preheated oven, 10 minutes or so, or until the crust is golden.
- Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional Piave cheese, prosciutto and arugula.