Who out there is a pizza lover???
Now who out there is a Hawaiian pizza lover??
Hawaiian pizza is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind for most people when they think of pizza, but boy let me just say if you have never had it before, you gotta give it a chance. The sweet and the salty go so well together, mmm I’m drooling just thinking about it. So now for those of you that happen to love it already, I offer you a super simple way to make Mini Hawaiian Pizzas that you can pull together in your kitchen in a couple minutes using English muffins!
I was always a pretty simple pizza gal. Plain cheese, maybe some veggies…nothing too crazy. Heck, when I was little I remember pulling most of the cheese off of my pizza just to eat dough and sauce… Talk about plain. 🙃 So now for me to say that a Hawaiian pizza is one of my favorite, talk about a 360. My husband was the one that got me into Hawaiian pizza. Him and our local Carmine’s Pie House down the street. Every time we go I attempt to switch it up, but always end up with “The Pineapple Express yet again.”
I think what I love the most about these mini pizzas are the colors. The vibrancy of all the colors that come together. It reminds me of springtime when all of nature suddenly starts to come back to life. All the colors, the new leaves, all of my plants that I swore were dead, but are magically coming back to life 😉 Speaking of spring…have I mentioned that our neighborhood started a community garden this year and we have a half plot that we just planted last week!? A little bit late in the game for the year, but I think we might still be okay. Either way, I’m super excited about it. Not only with my own plot, but seeing everyone else and learning from them, and you know, just making new friends in general. 🙂 We had a raised bed in our front yard for a couple years, but it just never did very well since it didn’t get as much sun as it needed to. Since nothing tastes better than a home-grown tomato, of course the majority of what we planted was tomato plants, along with some peppers and lettuce since they are pretty easy to manage. Baby steps…
This recipe could easily be made with fresh tomatoes, canned or just plain ol’ spaghetti sauce. I think for this specific one I used an open can of fire-roasted tomatoes which gave these awesome flavor. Use whatever you have on hand though and you can adjust the other spices accordingly.
- 2 original Thomas English Muffins
- 8 tsp favorite spaghetti sauce, marinara sauce or canned tomatoes
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup diced ham
- 1/3 cup pineapple, cut into small chunks (fresh or canned)
- 12 banana pepper rings
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- Toasted coconut and fresh basil (optional)
- Separate English muffins by hand into 4 pieces.
- Toast muffins 1-2 minutes to dry them out so they won't get soggy.
- Preheat oven or toaster oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place muffins on baking sheet and top each with the following in this order (portions may vary slightly for each): 2 tsp sauce, 1 1/2 tbsp cheese, 1 tbsp ham, 4 pineapple chunks, 3 banana pepper rings, 1/2 tbsp cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
- Bake for about 5 minutes or until muffin is toasted and cheese is melted to desired crispiness.
- Top with toasted coconut and fresh basil.
- Serve immediately.
- Make sure to toast the muffins in the beginning or else they will become very soggy and hard to eat.
- I used a toaster oven for convenience, but the regular oven will work just fine.
- For more crispy pizzas, broil for a minute after they are done cooking.
- Calories: 265, Protein: 13 g, Fat: 9 g, Carbohydrates: 34 g, Fiber: 3.5 g, Sugar: 5 g, Sodium: 924 mg, Saturated Fat: 4 g