When the snow moved in on Friday, it was fast and furious. One second, I was lamenting that school was pre-emptively canceled and the next the lawn had a full-on dusting of snow. Throughout the day it snowed and snowed, becoming more treacherous by the moment. As dinner neared, it was clear that we weren’t going anywhere for awhile. And despite planning for dinner, all I could think about was takeout. Of course, it was purely takeout — nothing more specific than that — that I wanted. It could have been a pizza from a favorite local joint, veggie dumplings from the Chinese place in town, Pad Thai from the new Thai place, sushi … as long as it was take out. Of course, with the snow and worsening conditions, takeout wasn’t a possibility. On Saturday? Even though the snow had stopped, takeout was still out of the question. After all, it’s kind of hard to get takeout when all roads in the state (yes, all!) are closed and your way-too-long-and-wide driveway is still snowed in. It took all day to shovel out. And by then, all I wanted to do was sleep. Thankfully we are all shoveled out now. And our road is plowed too. My thoughts are with those who are still snowed in — which is a lot of folks especially near the Connecticut shoreline. And as for the takeout desire? I haven’t given in yet — but I did make a little homemade takeout in the form of a Herb and Cheese Crust Hawaiian Pizza. This Hawaiian pizza? It’s a step outside the ordinary. The crust is crisp and rich. Olive oil, minced parsley, asiago and salt are baked into it, creating a firm, flavorful base. Then it’s topped with marinara, diced ham and sweet pineapple — and a layer of mozzarella too. It’s that favorite flavor we love, but better. And best of all? You can have this amazing homemade pizza in just 30 minutes. Quick is good, right? Be sure to use a really good marinara (or a pizza sauce). You want something that’s flavorful and that you like. It really can make or break a pizza.
Ready to dig in?
- 1 Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced parsley
- 1/4 cup freshly grated asiago cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 cup marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup diced ham
- 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Unroll the pizza crust and stretch into a rectangle. Brush gently all over with olive oil. Then sprinkle with parsley, asiago cheese and salt. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Spread marinara sauce all over the crust, leaving about 1/2 inch around the edges. Sprinkle with ham, pineapple and mozzarella cheese.
- Bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, until golden.
- Use a pizza cutter to slice into 12 slices.
Like a little kick to your Hawaiian pizza? Sprinkle with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper before baking. Don’t have diced ham? Substitute torn deli ham.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.