Hawaii is on our bucket list, but it’s nowhere near our foreseeable future at the moment. BUT… that doesn’t mean I can’t bring a little Hawaiian flavor home… especially for the summer. This is such an easy date night, and one that can be split with your kids if you prefer. We decided to have dinner earlier (we had a feeling our toddler wasn’t going to fall asleep until much later that evening) and have our dessert once our pituchi was sound asleep.
If you want to get all corny like I did then you will be happy to know it was inexpensive to do! I got these adorable palm tree straw cups from Party City for $2. The leis were 50 cents each, and for an extra few dollars I purchased tropical disposable plates (I didn’t want to do dishes that night). Without the plates, our extra corniness was only $5!
I had Hawaiian punch packs (from making edible play dough) and rum (I needed an excuse to use it)… so I made us some grown-up Hawaiian punch drinks (yeah, the name isn’t very original). I spread out our picnic blanket on the floor and that’s how we had our dinner! Isabella sat on my lap and had some pizza while we occasionally dodged her advances towards the punch.
This pizza is very easy to do. If you’re intimidated by fresh pizza dough, you can certainly buy a crust pre made, but keep an eye on it when you place it in the oven!
As for the movie… I decided on Forgetting Sarah Marshall, because a majority of the movie takes place in Hawaii, and I knew it would appeal to my husband’s humor (and mine too!). There are plenty of other movies that take place in Hawaii, so find the one that suits you both.
- 1 pound of refrigerated pizza dough (we get ours at our local Italian Store, most grocery stores sell them fresh)
- 1 can of sliced pineapple rings
- 1/4 cup of your favorite barbecue sauce
- 1/4 of pizza sauce (or tomato sauce)
- 2 1/2 cups of whole milk shredded mozzarella cheese
- 8 slices of deli ham
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the pineapple rings until marked, about 2-4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate. (this is entirely optional)
- Combine the barbecue sauce and tomato in a small bowl. Roll and stretch out your pizza dough to the size of your baking sheet or pizza baking sheet (it's what use). Spread the barbecue sauce mixture on top. Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese evenly on top of the sauce. Place the grilled pineapple over the cheese (save 2-4 for dessert) and the sliced ham.
- Bake the pizza until the cheese is bubbling and the crust is golden, about 15 minutes. Check your pizza because every oven is different! Transfer the pizza to a cutting board and slice.
Easy Tropical Dessert
Yields 2 servings
4 slices of pound cake (we used Sara Lee from the frozen food section)
2-4 slices of grilled pineapple
Few pieces of macadamia nut brittle (optional and the recipe I used was from here)
Pineapple and Coconut ice cream (Haagen Daz makes an awesome version!)
To assemble, place the pound cake first on the plate. Next add the pineapple on top of the pound cake. Add a scoop of ice cream on top of the pineapple and the macadamia nut brittle on top of the ice cream.
If you don’t feel comfortable making the brittle, just adding toasted macadamia nuts is fine. I like it for the texture.
Very simple, and perfect after eating pizza.
For not being in Hawaii…I would say this date night was pretty close. 🙂 Aloha!