Mellow Mushroom is a well known restaurant we have here in Phoenix. There's a few locations in our town and we fully enjoy going there. The vibe is laid back and fun and the names of their food is pretty "groovy". As much as I like going there I always feel like their pizza is lacking in flavor, despite the amazing combinations of toppings! In true fashion I recreated some of our favorites at home and it was a huge hit.
The first one I copycatted (is that a word?) was their new pizza, the Pacific Rim. Making it reminded me of our longstanding favorite ham and pineapple. We used to make this one ALL THE TIME. But it was a ham and pineapple 2.0. This pizza showcases fresh sliced canadian bacon, bacon, onion, pineapple and jalapeños. I'll let that set in for a minute. Drooling yet?
It's salty, sweet and spicy! Say that five times fast. Salty sweet spicy. I don't know about you but I love when food has different dimensions like that. The bacon(s) give you all that salty deliciousness while the pineapple comes in all sweet and tangy but then you get a bit of jalapeño and you've been hit with some heat. It just works friends.
When I make my pizza I always add a pinch or two of salt to the top of my sauce or olive oil and then another once all the toppings are on. Salt brings out the flavors and pizza is no exception. So don't forget to salt yo' pizza, just don't make it look like an Alaskan blizzard landed on the darn thing.
Makes: 1 pizza/8 slices
Prep Time: 20 minutes (if dough is ready otherwise 1 hour if dough is being made the same day)
Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 dough ball or make your own dough
1 c red pizza sauce
1 c mozzarella cheese
3 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 lb canadian bacon (I get mine from the deli and have him slice it thin)
1/2 small onion, sliced
1/2 c fresh pineapple chunks
Preheat the oven to 500. Prep all the ingredients so that they are ready to throw on the pizza. Stretch out the pizza dough and lay it on a pizza peel that has been dusted with cornmeal. If you don't have a pizza stone that stays in your oven (highly suggest) you can use a traditional metal round pizza pan or a baking stone.
Top the dough with the red sauce and a pinch of salt. Next add the mozzarella cheese, canadian bacon, bacon, onion, jalapeño and pineapple. Go ahead and sprinkle on another pinch of salt to boost those flavors.
Pop it in the oven and cook for roughly 7 minutes. This depends on your oven and which method you cook the pizza on. Just check it every couple minutes and once the edges of the crust are turning golden and the cheese is bubbling, that's when you know its ready.
Pull the pizza out of the oven, set it on a cutting board, rest for a few minutes then cut and enjoy!