Happy Father’s Day to those of you celebrating the impact of a man in your life, be it a father, grandfather, uncle, step-father, father figure, husband, furbaby-daddy, etc. I’ll be with my family this morning at dim sum and then with my in-laws tonight for takeout. We sure know how to part-ay, right?
The man who has had the greatest and most positive influence in my life is the Husband. He is my pillar of strength. Unfortunately, he’s the pillar of strength for a lot of people, which means he often bears everyone else’s burdens. He’s the one we all turn to when we have a problem, often the first one we turn to, in fact. He’s expected to have all the answers, the man with the plan. I admit, I bring him more stress than joy sometimes. It’s like my brain turns off when I’m with him. Or I infuriate him to no end with my mood swings, temper tantrums and thoughtlessness. It’s a miracle he’s still around!
For today’s Sunday Supper, we’re making food for the men in our lives. The first thing I thought of was ham ‘n pineapple pizza because it’s one of the Husband’s favourite foods. In Canada, we call it a Hawaiian pizza. We were in Vegas a long time ago, when we were 22 and still young ‘n beautiful. We went to a pizza joint and asked for a Hawaiian pizza. The girl at the counter stared at us as if we each had two heads. It took us a minute to figure out she had no idea what we were talking about (or as people like to think we wacky Canucks say, “a-boot”).
To really make this recipe special, I didn’t just make a pizza. Nope. I made pizza pockets. When we were in high school, we used to eat McCain pizza pockets like they were going out of style. Even though my parents hated preservative packed foods ‘n canned goods, they’d give in when we begged them to buy us pizza pockets. I remember coming home every day, microwaving one of those bad boys ‘n munching happily as I’d watch Saved by the Bell and the Disney afternoon cartoons (while ignoring my homework, of course).
My recipe today is inspired by both the Husband and a touch of nostalgia.
Ham & Pineapple Pizza Pockets
Pizza Dough (adapted from Bobby Flay)
3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour, plus more for rolling
1 tsp sugar
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp dried rosemary
5 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 1/2 cups warm water, 110 degrees F
3 tbsp olive oil, plus more for greasing bowl
Combine the bread flour, sugar, yeast, salt, rosemary and garlic in the bowl of a stand mixer. With the dough attachment and the mixer running, add the water and olive oil and beat until the dough forms into a ball. At this point, change to the dough attachment and keep beating the dough on medium for approximately 5 minutes. If the dough is sticky, add additional flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it comes together in a solid ball. If the dough is too dry, add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
Grease a large bowl with olive oil, add the dough, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm area to double in size. This will take about 1 hour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and divide it into 2 equal pieces. Cover the dough with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let them rest for 10 minutes.
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp Italian herbs
Mix together and let stand for an hour to allow the flavours to blend. Makes about 3 cups of sauce. You can refrigerate or freeze any leftovers.
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
1 cup ham, diced
1 cup diced pineapple
1 egg, beaten (to be used as pastry wash)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. If using a pizza stone, keep the stone in the oven while it preheats.
*note: you can use as much of the filling as you want. Warning – don’t overstuff the pizza pockets like I did. As you’ll see from my photos below, they exploded a bit while baking*
Flour your counter. Tip: use two sheets of parchment paper for easy rolling. I laid one sheet of parchment paper down on my counter, spread flour over top and then placed my dough on. Sprinkle flour on the top of the dough and place a sheet of parchment paper over top. Roll out half of the dough into a square, if you can. I couldn’t – mine were circles. Make sure the dough is rolled out evenly, to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut into four pieces. Top each piece with a few spoonfuls of sauce, ham, pineapple and mozzarella. Fold the corners over and pinch together.
Repeat with the second half of the dough. You will have 8 pizza pockets. Brush the beaten egg over the tops of each pizza pocket.
Place on a pizza stone or baking sheet. Use cornmeal on the bottom to prevent sticking if you’d like. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and there’s a hollow sound when you knock on the dough.
I really loved how herby ‘n garlicky these pizza pockets were. We refrigerated the pockets we couldn’t eat and popped them in the toaster oven the next day to finish them off. These were a big hit with the Husband, which was the whole point so I’m a happy blogger.
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