Flatbread Friday is back. Man it has been a while but seriously this one is amazing. In honor of the hubs birthday I thought I would take him back to the absolute best Hawaiian pizza we have ever eaten. I also just wanted to take him to a happy place, not that it isn’t happy around here with screaming kids, hair-pulling, spit-up, play dough eating, always smiling ->cough<-, energetic little girls. So we are going straight to our honeymoon. Oh take me back to the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. It was there that we experienced true Hawaiian pizza. Words cannot even describe it. Perfectly slow cooked pork, shredded with large chunks of fresh pineapple, crispy ham with a sprinkling (not a smothering) of cheese all a top a puffy pizza crust.
It was the most delicious pizza I had ever eaten and the realization that us, main land Americans, were being deceived by one of the biggest food frauds to ever happen. Our main land Hawaiian pizza of processed ham and canned pineapple was far from the reality of what true Hawaiian pizza is. The truth comes out. An authentic Hawaiian pizza contains no processed ham or canned pineapple. Only the freshest of ingredients with real slow cooked pork, fresh thinly sliced, caramelized pineapple, the saltiness of crispy pancetta and a light sprinkling of cheese atop a perfectly BBQ-ed crust. That is Hawaiian pizza at its finest.
So that is where we went last night. No it wasn’t quite as warm, magical or romantic as our honeymoon. But it was eventful, messy, full of belly-laughs a few tears, more spit-ups and just one dirty-diaper. This is life as we know it now, the honeymoon is a distant memory but we wouldn’t trade these days for anything. Happy birthday babe! Thanks for making this blog a reality so I can share our lives and most importantly practical and simple health and nutrition information with all of you! MWAH!
On another note that relates nothing to Hawaiian pizza or the fact that it’s the hubs birthday, I’ve been featured over at Primal Palate. They called to do an interview with me on how we eat healthy when we live over two hours from the nearest Whole foods, how we feed our kids, healthy snack tips, my daughters Candida diagnosis (more on this to come) and a few other fun things. I was honored and privileged that they took the time to get to know me more. You can check out the interview that was published today over at their site!
And back to the pizza! You guys this is a must make. Will you, please experience a true Hawaiian pizza and admit that you too have been deceived? Plus, this uses up those fabulous leftovers. My favorite word when it comes to cooking! Can you just stop with the leftovers already? I’m so sorry I really can’t. They are just so fabulous and soon I hope that you too will realize how valuable leftovers can be when it comes to cooking healthy and eating healthy! Plus, if you’re curious about the Panchetta that I added on top I did an entire post on the differences between prosciutto, panchetta and bacon so be sure to check that out!
To bring you back to my good side here is a snap shot of the hubs and today and one on our honeymoon.
That was three kids, one move, two big career moves and what seems like a lifetime ago but was really only five years ago. And can we talk about our tans. Babe, we really need to get some sun….blinding! We will not be offended if you need to put on sunglasses to check out our today picture. Okay I might be slightly offended but I’ll never know.
- Make flatbread recipe.
- Meanwhile cut pancetta into small pieces and pan fry until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels to remove excess grease.
- Drain grease from pan, add butter and pineapple. Cook until just beginning to caramelize, 1-2 minutes per side.
- Spread bbq sauce on flatbread, top with shredded pork, pineapple, sheep's cheese and crisped pancetta.
- Back for an additional 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
- Top with thinly sliced green onion and enjoy!