Hawaiian Pizza

When the Husband and I were in Hawaii last winter, we went to a pizza place. Twice. We were in Kona just over a week, and we went to the same restaurant twice. For pizza. Seems like a bit of crime, no? It was absolutely not. This pizza was the best thing we ate all week. It was so good, we’re still talking about it a year later.

Since the chances of us returning to the great state of Hawaii in the near future are pretty slim, I decided to give this pizza a try at home. And boy did it work out well!

Hawaiian Pizza (a la Boston Basils–Kona, HI)

For the pizza, you’ll need:

  • Ham, sliced lunch meat will do
  • Pineapple, diced into bite sized chunks
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Sweet Chili Sauce (recipe below)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Pizza dough, homemade or store bought

For the sweet chili sauce, you’ll need:

  • 2 Jalapeno peppers
  • 2 Serrano peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs corn starch
  • 2 Tbs water

(recipe from Closet Cooking)

Let’s make the sauce!

1. In a food processor or blender, process the peppers and the garlic.

2. On the stove, bring the water, vinegar, sugar, salt, and chili/garlic concoction to a boil. Simmer for about 3 minutes.

3. In a small bowl, make a paste with the corn starch and water. Mix it into the sauce and heat until the sauce gets thick. It should only take a minute or two. Remove from heat and let cool.


Assemble the pizza!

1. Once your dough is stretched, spread the sweet chili sauce on it as you would a tomato based pizza sauce.

2. Top with Mozzarella cheese, sliced ham, pineapple, and macadamia nuts. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top for good measure.

3. Bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Once the cheese is super melted and crust is browning, it’s done.


Brush the crust with some melted butter, and enjoy. Even people who claim to not like Hawaiian pizza will admit this is one good pie!

5 thoughts on “Hawaiian Pizza

  1. Pingback: Pizza Meatloaf Cups | ecrecipe

  2. So I made this tonight!! My sauce was an epic fail. I did everything like you said and my corn starch clumped into a foreign looking creature when it was in the pan. Not sure what happened!!!!! So I ended up picking it out and just using extremely watery sauce cause I don’t just have jalapeno and Serrano peppers hanging out! AHHH! It still tasted pretty darn good though!

    • Oh dang! Corn starch and I have a touch and go relationship, too. I’m glad it was still tasty! Next time you try it, turn down the heat a bit before you put the corn starch in, and whisk like your life depends on it. It’s a great sauce! We’ve eaten it over rice, too, and I bet there are a million and one ways you could use it.

  3. Pingback: Stromboli | Balance and Blueberries

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s