Detroit-Style Hawaiian Pizza

Emmy Squared shares its recipe for this spicy ham- and pineapple-topped pie
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While not authentically Hawaiian, and even though others may decry ham-and-pineapple-topped pies, we’re decidedly (and unabashedly) on Team Hawaiian Pizza these days. In this Detroit-style pizza from Emmy Squared in Brooklyn, New York, just one of the spots giving the much-maligned pie its due, the pineapple is marinated in hot sauce for a combination of sweet, salty and spicy.

The trick to this pie’s perfect crust actually lies in the cheese. You want to layer the mozzarella right up to edges. This way, the cheese runs over the crust as it bakes, forming a crisp outer layer of cheese that covers the pizza.

To learn more, read “Hawaii Pie-0.”

Detroit-Style Hawaiian Pizza

Recipe adapted from Lou Tomczak, Emmy Squared, Brooklyn, NY

Yield: 2 to 4 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes, plus proofing time

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, plus proofing time


For the Dough:

¾ cup water, heated to 115º

1 teaspoon instant dry yeast

Pinch sugar

2 cups bread flour

1½ teaspoons kosher salt

Olive oil, for greasing 

For the Tomato Sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon sugar

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the Toppings:

1 cup (5 ounces) pineapple chunks

¼ cup hot sauce

7 ounces fresh mozzarella, torn into medium chunks

½ cup tomato sauce

4 ounces sliced ham, torn into pieces


1. Make the dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment, combine the water with the yeast and sugar. Let sit until frothy, 15 minutes. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until fully incorporated. With the motor running, add the dry ingredients to the yeast and sugar, and mix until a smooth dough forms. Transfer to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to sit in a warm place for 30 minutes.

2. Grease a 9-by-13-inch nonstick pan liberally with olive oil and stretch out the dough with your fingers to cover the pan entirely. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and let rest for 3 hours.

3. Meanwhile, make the tomato sauce: In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the crushed tomatoes, sugar and oregano. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

4. Prepare the toppings: Preheat the oven to 500º. In a small bowl, toss the pineapple chunks with the hot sauce to coat, then marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.

5. Assemble the pizza by laying down the cheese over the dough, starting from the perimeter and working your way into the center. Spread two strips of marinara sauce lengthwise along the pizza. Top with pieces of torn ham and then chunks of the marinated pineapple.

6. Bake the pizza until the center is risen and the edges and cheese are golden brown, 15 to 17 minutes. Cut into squares and serve.

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