Friday, June 21, 2013

Caramelized Pineapple Pizza



It's official. This might be the best pizza I ever made. Caramelized, fresh pineapple, hickory smoked turkey, and Skellig....Kerrygold's newest cheddar cheese.
OMG, a whole new level of cheesy goodness.


There is a kind of magic that happens when you caramelize things. 


Doesn't this make your mouth water? A little sugar, a little butter, and a bit of patience is all it takes to go from ordinary pineapple to out-of-this-world pineapple.

 

If you aren't a fan of Kerrygold cheese yet, it may be time to break out of your rut. Irish cheeses made from milk from grass-fed cows...it doesn't get any better!
When I was shopping for my pizza toppings, I ran across the Skellig. Hadn't seen it before and just had a feeling I needed to try it. Wonderfully sweet and nutty. It's good to trust your instincts!

I don't know about you, but I tend to dream about Hawaii when I see a pineapple. A friend, who is there now, is posting her pics on Facebook daily - just gorgeous stuff.
I guess until I can get there, I'll just keep dreamin' and caramelizing more pineapple. {p.s. - makes a great ice cream topping too!}


 
Caramelized Pineapple Pizza

1/2 of a fresh pineapple
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 cup tomato paste
6 ounces hickory smoked turkey, sliced into strips
7 ounces Kerrygold Skellig cheese, shredded
Olive oil spray
1 ready-made pizza crust {I used extra thin variety}

Preheat your oven to 425F.
Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the skin of the pineapple and cut into long wedges. {I used about half of the pineapple...save the rest for fruit salad, green smoothie, or just to snack on!}
Melt the butter in the skillet and place wedges in. Sprinkle with sugar and toss to coat. Cook pineapple, turning regularly until brown and caramelized. Remove from pan and cool. Cut into bite-sized pieces.

Grease a pizza pan lightly with olive oil spray. Place pizza crust on top. Spread the tomato paste around crust, leaving at least 1/2 inch border. Add toppings of pineapple, turkey, and Skellig cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. {Check pizza occasionally, so it doesn't over brown or burn}

2 comments:

  1. Your Admiring MILJune 21, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    This is one guilty pleasure that would work well with an almond flour crust - for those of you who are staying away from wheat. Since it tends to be SWEET - in this case it goes with the pineapple. I think you need to bake the crust alone, first, before you bake it with toppings. (This is entree and dessert in one - a perfect food?)

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    1. Delish.....with a gluten free crust, lots of folks could enjoy this!

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