Hawaiian Pizza

Step 1: You will need:
— pizza dough
— pizza sauce
— mozzarella
— ham
— pineapple (fresh or canned)
— bell pepper
— garlic
— onion
— cherry tomatoes
— dried thyme

Step 2: The first thing you need to do is turn on your oven and preheat it to 220˚C/ 430˚F. While waiting for the oven to heat, prepare your ingredients. Start with slicing the ham thinly.

Step 3: Cut the bell peppers in half and remove the seeds. Then chop each half into thin strips.

Step 4: Cut each cherry tomato in half.

Step 5: Cut the onion in half lengthwise and then chop one half into thin half-rings.

Step 6: Cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces.

Step 7: Grate the garlic on a fine grater or press it in a garlic press.

Step 8: Grate the mozzarella on a coarse grater.

Step 9: Add the garlic and the thyme to the pizza sauce.

Step 10: Stir the sauce thoroughly.

Step 11: Now let’s roll out our pizza. You may stretch the pizza dough with your knuckles like all professionals do, but it’s always easier to use a rolling pin. Sprinkle the table with flour, dip the dough in the flour as well and roll it into a thin sheet.

Step 12: Put the crust on an oiled pizza screen. Don’t worry if the crust loses its shape while you handle it — just shape it into a circle again and don’t worry about the small folds that you might get.

Tip: If you don’t have a pizza screen, you may use a baking sheet turned upside down (so that you can easily take your pizza off the sheet). And if you are lucky enough to own a pizza stone, don’t forget to preheat it for about 20 minutes before putting your pizza on it.

Step 13: Now let’s do the saucing. Put some sauce in the center, and then spread it out to the sides using the back of a spoon. Leave the edges without sauce.

Step 14: Lay the slices of ham on the sauce.

Step 15: Now add the key ingredient of the Hawaiian pizza — the pineapple!

Step 16: Scatter the bell pepper over the pizza.

Step 17: Add the onion.

Step 18: Decorate with some cherry tomatoes.

Step 19: Сover the toppings with grated cheese.

Step 20: It’s time to put our pizza in the oven! Keep it in the oven for about 15-20 minutes — it can take more or less than that depending on how quickly your oven bakes.

Tip: Rotate the pizza screen a couple of times while baking to make sure that the pizza cooks evenly.

Step 21: A pizza screen won’t let your pizza get a well-cooked crispy bottom. To achieve a nice crispy pizza, take it off the screen a few minutes before it has finished baking and put it on a baking sheet. Bake the pizza on the sheet for 3-5 minutes more until its edges turn golden.

Step 22: That’s it! Your Hawaiian pizza is done. Slice into eight pieces and serve.

Lesson added by Sergey Burlakov