There is a longstanding argument surrounding the merits of pineapple on a pizza. Here at Cooking Light, not only do we believe in pineapple as a pizza topper, we believe it can be the base too. Look for peeled and cored pineapple in your supermarkets produce aisle for even slicing. Canadian bacon adds salty, savory depth, which cuts the sweetness of the fruit while lending hearty texture. Use any toppings you like – we look to briny black olives, sautéed red onion, and fresh basil for a delicious flavor trifecta. This easy recipe comes together in 20 minutes and is very kid-friendly. Not to mention a genius way to sneak in an extra serving of fruit.
1 medium pineapple, peeled and cored
2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
8 (1-oz.) slices Canadian bacon
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
2/3 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup lower sodium pizza sauce (such as Rao’s)
2 tablespoons thinly sliced black olives
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
Est. added sugars 1g
How to Make It
Preheat broiler to HIGH with oven rack 6 inches from heat.
Heat a grill pan over medium-high. Slice pineapple into 8 (1/2-inch) rounds. Using 1 ½ tablespoons of the oil, brush oil on both sides of pineapple rounds. Working in batches, place pineapple rounds on grill pan, and cook, 3 minutes on each side, until char marks appear. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet.
Place Canadian bacon slices on grill pan and cook, 1 to 2 minutes on each side, until heated through. Set aside.
Heat remaining 1 ½ teaspoons oil in a separate nonstick skillet over medium. Add onion and cook, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often, until softened.
Top each pineapple round with 1 tsp. cheese. Place 1 slice Canadian bacon on top of cheese. Top each with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce and 1 tablespoon cheese. Top evenly with onion and black olives. Broil on HIGH for 2 to 3 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and melted. Sprinkle basil and crushed red pepper flakes evenly overtop.