Ham and Fresh Pineapple Pizza – Quicker than Delivery and Why It’s More Wholesome
Can you really make pizza wholesome? The answer is: absolutely, yes, you can! It doesn’t have to be fully homemade either – here are my top tips on how to pick your ingredients and have your Hawaiian slice ready in 20 minutes from start to finish. What’s not to LOVE?!
I absolutely love pizza, fresh out of the oven or straight out of the fridge. When I went through my junk eating phase in my early 20s I would happily order 3 pizzas and eat two of them all.by.myself! No wonder that my weight sky-rocketed, that sort of eating is gluttonous and excessive. But my love for pizza remained and so I’ve decided that a homemade version would be the answer to my occasional cravings and when combined with a little common-sense portion control could actually become a wholesome meal.
Over the last year I have been working with Australian Pineapples on developing a range of delicious recipes for the growers and grocers to share and, a couple of weekends ago now, we did a big sampling event at Bondi Farmers Market. One of the dishes we offered? Ham and fresh pineapple pizza. Not many people realise that Aussie pineapples are available all year round – not just in summer – and the gold top-off variety is beautifully sweet and available in winter!
The ham and fresh pineapple pizza takes about 20 minutes from start to finish and here is why it is more wholesome than your regular delivery:
1. Pick your base – you can make your own or buy a fresh pre-prepared base. Check the ingredients list and find one that’s least processed. I often make my own wholemeal base (recipe, along with 3 others is in The Wholesome Cook book), but sometimes I buy a plain yeast or sourdough base.
2. Use an additive-free pasta sauce to spread on the base. We love Barilla.
3. Sprinkle with dried oregano, basil and thyme (yum). I also add some fresh or dried sage to this pizza, it marries so well with pineapple.
4. Choose the best quality ham you can afford, go with free-range if you can.
5. Use fresh pineapple. This is a must. The juicy chunks pop add a fresh burst of flavour to the dish. Not to mention the fact that nutritional benefits vastly outweigh the processed canned variety. It’s full of vitamin C and bromelain which helps digest protein and has been linked to improved gut health.
6. Use whole mozzarella balls and shred them yourself. Why? You will avoid anti-caking agents and preservatives lurking in shredded cheese. Can’t be bothered to shred? Slice thinly and dot around the base and top.
7. Sprinkle with extra herbs, as mentioned above, sage is my top pick for a Hawaiian pizza!