The Hawaiian pizza updated with a splash of good-for-you kale
Have you ever wondered who invented the Hawaiian Pizza? Someone in Hawaii, right? Well think again…
According to Wikipedia, Sam Panopoulos, of London Ontario was the first to make the unlikely culinary fusion at his Chatham restaurant way back in 1962. Sam was looking for something to make his new restaurant, the Satellite, stand out in a sea of Chinese food joints. He started to experiment with toppings and that’s when he hit on a total original. His invention, known as a “Polynesian perversion” normally consists of back bacon or ham topped with chunks of pineapple. Now over 50 years later, it’s become the Hawaiian and is popular around the world.
That brings us to my recipe today, Canadian Bacon Pineapple Pizza. My version with bacon and pineapple has the tasty addition of fresh kale… yum!
I used maple flavoured side strip bacon which added an extra layer of flavour to this pizza. You could use pieces of peameal bacon, back bacon or even prosciutto, they would all work perfectly. That’s the best part of creating pizza at home, you can experiment to make it your own. Don’t have any fresh kale on hand? No problem, substitute spinach or even blanched broccoli.
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- 1 – 12-inch packaged thin crust pizza
- ½ cup pizza sauce
- ¾ cup chopped fresh kale
- ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup canned pineapple tidbits, drained
- 4 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
- Preheat oven to 400ºF
- Spread pizza sauce over crust. Top with kale, pineapple, bacon and cheese.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden and cheese is melted. If you like the cheese more toasty, just place under the broiler for a minute or two.
- Cut into 8 slices.