Hawaiian BBQ Beef Pizza

(using Kalbi Beef)

1. Dough:
*A store bought crust, like a Boboli Thin or Thick Crust, is perfectly a-ok to use, especially when time and the patience to make & clean up a mess are not on your side. If you do use the Boboli, we would advise not heeding their 450 degree bake temp, and go with a 425, as the cheese gets very dark, very fast at 450.
*Or, purchase a pre-made ball of uncooked pizza dough from the grocery store or from your favorite, local pizzeria.
*Or, if you have the time and are feeling… doughy… then by all means, bake some bread! There are a gazillion recipes online for homemade pizza dough, just choose a trusted source.

*Roll out the dough to a 12-inch round.
*Brush the pizza pan with vegetable, canola or peanut oil — any oil you have that has no flavor.
*Gently place the dough onto the oiled pan. Then brush the dough with oil.

2. Sauce:
-This is a BBQ pizza, so we’re not talking tomato sauce. We’re going for a good Teriyaki or Asian Stir-Fry Sauce, like Soy Vay brand. Make sure it’s got some thickness, or viscosity, to it AND check the sodium content. You’ll be applying the sauce as the base of your pizza and you don’t want it to be too salty. Most marinades have a lot of sodium so look for a label that says marinade & sauce or just sauce. So without further ado… Put that sauce on your dough! Spread it evenly but leave a border for the crust.

3. Cheese:
-Straight up shredded mozzarella. Mozzarella is a cheesy goodness blank slate which will allow the flavors to marry together, especially because… let’s be real… if you like cheesy pizza, you’ll be piling it on so the cheese can’t bully the other ingredients. If you absolutely have to add another cheese, then choose a mild yellow cheddar or Monterey Jack. But this is where we draw the line. Spread the cheese onto the dough.

4. Red Onion: 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced. Spread the red onion on top of the cheese.

5. Pineapple: You only need about 3 1/4-inch thick rounds which you’ll cut into triangles. Pat the triangles dry. In a large stainless steel pan, heat 2 tablespoons of vegetable or canola  over medium-high heat. Add the pineapple pieces into the pan to sear them, about 2 minutes per side. Remove and place onto the cheesy, oniony pizza dough. Drizzle lightly with vegetable or canola oil.

Bake the pizza in the 425 preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling.

In the meantime…

6. Kalbi Beef: Add the beef to the same pan that the pineapple cooked. Cook according to package instructions or to desired doneness. Remove from the pan and chop it up into bite-sized pieces. (Don’t put the raw meat on the pizza to bake in the oven — there is too much moisture and you’ll end up with a soggy pizza. Boo.)

7. Green Onions or Chives: slice and dice for garnish.

Remove the pizza from the oven. Top with the chopped beef and garnish with green onions or chives. Cut and serve.