Wednesday, October 2, 2013

pan-fried hawaiian pizza, unicorns and rainbows

 this is my new favorite pizza. that crust.

 ooohhhhh, that mother flippin' crust.

 i mean, c'mon, just look at it. 

it was a little charred in spots from the frying in olive oil and that added a beautiful crisp texture to the outside, but inside it was all fluffy and soft and i'm pretty sure i saw some rainbows and unicorns fly out of it when i took that first bite.

unicorns and rainbows, people.

i made mine with ham, pineapple, tomatoes, basil and jalapeno and i have a hunch that it would have been even more amazing with bacon. always, with the bacon. the mister had ham, jalapeno and basil and he complimented how awesome the pizza was 3 or 4 times while he ate and a couple more times after he had polished his entire pizza off. 

its good, good stuff.

pan-fried hawaiian pizza

 you need-
  • Olive oil, for frying and brushing
  • 4 ounces ham or prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 16-ounce ball homemade pizza dough or your favorite store-bought variety, split into 2 8-ounce balls
  • 1 cup pizza sauce or your favorite store-bought variety
  • 1 8-ounce ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple cubes
  • 4 or 5 fresh basil leaves, shredded
Preheat the broiler. 

Add a little oil to a medium cast-iron pan and fry the ham over medium-low heat until it's a little brown and crispy, about 3 minutes. Set aside. 

Roll each pizza dough half into circles the size of your cast-iron pan. The dough will probably be slightly thicker than what you're used to. 

Heat the pan to medium and add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add 1 piece of the rolled-out dough. 

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the dough is bubbly on top and browned underneath. Flip, add half of the sauce, half of the mozzarella, half of the ham, and half of the pineapple. Cook another 2 minutes, until the bottom is cooked, then slip under the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes, until the cheese looks bubbly and the pineapple is slightly caramelized. Top with basil. Remove the pizza from the pan, and repeat with the other piece of dough.

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