Better than take-out Hawaiian pizza! Homemade crispy pizza crust smothered in homemade Hawaiian sauce and topped with sliced pork chop, pineapple and jalapeños!
I am a big time pizza girl – frozen, delivery, at a restaurant, I’m all in! But honestly, nothing beats homemade pizza! Rolling out the dough, using fresh ingredients and making it exactly how you like it, it doesn’t get any better than that.
My favorite kind of pizza is hands down Hawaiian! Whether it’s made with a tomato sauce, BBQ or some other special sauce, it’s still my favorite. I just love the sweetness the pineapple brings to something savory and salty.
Instead of using boring ham like traditional Hawaiian pizza, why the heck not use pork chops?! Pork chops are so easy to cook up, delicious and very meaty. Pork chops combined with my other favorites – pineapple and jalapeños – all on top of a crispy pizza crust, ohh yeahhh. And let’s not forget the homemade Hawaiian pizza sauce that doubles as the marinade for the pork chops! It’s so delicious.
Also, it’s no figure Hawaiian pizza has always been my favorite because my vacation to Maui a couple years ago was an absolute dream. I highly recommend you put it on your list of dream vacations! And I have the trip all planned out for you already. Check out my post – 7 Days on Maui: Your Ultimate Travel Guide. I also went to Kauai this year, and again, amazing – I have plans to write up a post about that trip was well!
If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii and can’t decide between Maui and Kauai, I’d say pick Maui 🙂 Although, I almost feel kind of bad saying that because they are both paradise. If you’re a big time hiker, then, in that case, I would say pick Kauai.
Maui had a ton to see that was all accessible by car and for the most part, free. Two of my favorite things we did while visiting Maui was renting mopeds and driving the island for an entire day of sightseeing, and spending a day driving the Road to Hana. Honestly, I can’t even begin to tell you how breathtakingly beautiful the Road to Hana is. There were so many waterfalls along the way, and I had the BEST fish tacos I’ve had in my entire life, and it was just at a roadside stand! Oh, I even got to swim with sea turtles in their natural habitat and hold a Pencil Sea Urchin! You can read more about my adventures in my Maui blog post!
As for Kauai, I’d say it’s a little more costly to sightsee but worth every penny. There were two things that I enjoyed most about Kauai. First was the 70-mile ocean boat ride along the Nāpali Coastline in a Navy Seal raft – we literally sat on the edge of the raft with only ropes to hold on to while wave jumping. The coastline is something out a fairytale, and we even saw hundreds of dolphins up close! The second thing was an 8-mile hike to a 300-foot waterfall. This hike is no joke. It’s up and down through the mountainous rainforest, across rivers and involves a little rock climbing, but oh was it worth it.
After sharing all that, I know feel confused about which island I like better lol. Either way, you can NOT go wrong. But in the meantime, enjoy this Hawaiian Pork Chop pizza 🙂
P.S. The pizza cutter is from my Great Grandmother who turned 101 in July 2017!! So amazing.
Hawaiian Pork Chop Pizza
For the marinade/sauce:
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 garlic clove pressed
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- Juice from 1/2 can pineapple rings
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
For the pizza crust:
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 pork chops
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 cup cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 can pineapple rings cut into bite-sized pieces
- 1/2 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 jalapeño thinly sliced
- Cilantro finely chopped
- Shredded carrots
- To make the marinade/sauce: In a medium bowl, stir to together soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, red pepper, garlic, BBQ sauce and pineapple juice. Reserve 1/2 cup of sauce. Marinate pork chops in remaining sauce for at least 1 hour or overnight.
- To make the dough: Pour warm water into large bowl and add yeast; stir until yeast is dissolved. Add flour to water and yeast mixture, and use a wooden spoon to mix flour in until it becomes shaggy. Turn dough out onto a floured surface, and knead dough about 10 times until it forms a slightly tacky ball of dough. You sprinkle extra flour on the dough while kneading if it becomes too sticky. Place dough ball into a large bowl lightly coated with olive oil; cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise for 1 hour.
- After pork chops have been marinated, lightly grease a large frying pan with oil and heat to medium-high. Cook pork chops about 3-4 minutes per side or until no pink juice remains. Turn off the heat, and cover pan with a lid; let sit while you prepare the rest of the pizza.
- Stir 1 tablespoon of cornstarch into reserved cup of sauce until dissolved. Pour sauce mixture into a small saucepan and cook on medium-high, stirring continuously until sauce thickens slightly, about 4-5 minutes.
- Prepare all of your pizza toppings as stated in the ingredients list. Remove pork chops from pan and cut meat into thin slices.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out dough ball on a floured surface into a 12-inch pizza.
- Transfer pizza dough onto parchment lined pizza or baking sheet. Spread sauce onto dough and top with mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, pork chop, pineapple, red onion, and jalapeño.
- Bake pizza for 12-15 minutes until crust is golden brown. Garnish with cilantro and shredded carrots if desired.