Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich #SundaySupper

Our kids are big fans of Hawaiian Pizza. We regularly make it homemade with its usual ingredients: pineapple, ham and mozzarella cheese. Since April is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, I thought it would be fun to combine one of their favorite pizzas into a sandwich. And just like that, Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich was born.

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

One of the best parts about this Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich is that it’s budget-friendly, which makes it perfect choice for this week’s #SundaySupper theme of Budget Meals.

The three main ingredients you will need are:

Pineapple: I prefer to cut up a fresh pineapple. Not only did I get it on sale for .99 cents, but it allows you to cut the pineapple slices thinner than you might get from canned pineapple. If you do prefer to use the canned pineapple, I would recommend cutting the slice thinner or even using very well-drained crushed pineapple. I also find patting the pineapple dry with a paper towel helps to avoid soggy bread.

Cheese: I recommend using mozzarella cheese to give this sandwich the taste of pizza. While I sliced my mozzarella cheese, shredding it does allow you to stretch the cheese further and it will melt easily. However, using shredded cheese can also cause issues when flipping the sandwich over if it falls out of the bread. Don’t have mozzarella or something else is on sale? It’s no problem to use other cheeses, if you prefer.

Ham: I used sliced ham lunch meat and only used 1 slice per sandwich because the slices were double the width of my bread. I simply cut each slice in half and used both halves on my sandwiches, which was plenty.

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

One of the other ingredients for the Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich is bread and butter. I used an Italian bread, to keep with the pizza theme, but you can really use whatever type of bread you would like. I would, however, try to stick with a thicker sliced bread. For your butter, make sure it’s well softened so that it will spread easier, which will allow you to use less. The softened butter is spread on one side of two pieces of bread (per sandwich).

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Making the sandwiches is easy! Heat a frying pan over medium heat and place the buttered side of one slice of bread down in the pan. Working quickly, place a layer of cheese and then ham, pineapple and another layer of cheese. Place the remaining slice of buttered bread on top, with the butter facing upwards. Cook for a few minutes and when the side toasting is is done, carefully flip it over so the other buttered side is now on the pan.

How to Make Grilled Cheese Sandwich  (with pineapple and ham)

For maximum ooey gooey-ness, Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are definitely best served right away.

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

To give this grilled cheese sandwich it’s ultimate pizza treatment, serve it with a small cup of warmed pizza sauce for dipping. Each bite tastes just like you are eating a slice of Hawaiian Pizza!

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich, dipped in pizza sauce

Hawaiian Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Yield: 4 sandwiches

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8 slices bread, preferably 1/2 - 3/4" thick
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 4 pineapple slices, patted dry and preferably thin sliced
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced ham
  • 12 ounces mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Pizza Sauce (optional for dipping)

Instructions

  1. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread. With ingredients prepped and close by, heat skillet over medium heat.
  2. When skillet it heated, place the buttered side of one slice of bread down in the pan. Working quickly, place a layer of cheese, then ham, pineapple and another layer of cheese (using 1/4 of these ingredients). Place a 2nd slice of buttered bread on top, with the butter facing upwards. Cook for a few minutes (3 minutes or so), until the bread is toasted. Carefully flip it over the sandwich so the remaining buttered side is now on the pan. Continue cooking for another few minutes until that side is also toasted and cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. Cut sandwich in half and serve immediately with a small sauce cup of warmed pizza sauce.
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Brandie Valenzuela is a food blogger and writer at Home Cooking Memories. She lives in Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys cooking, baking, modern-day recipe keeping and making everyday memories with her family. She is known to have an extremely normal obsession with cupcake liners, ribbons and office supplies.


Comments

  1. Wow a fresh pineapple for $.99 is a great find! These sound like such a fun grilled cheese. We love Hawaiian pizza too.

  2. I go to a fancy sandwich shop that charges a lot of money for this sandwich! Love that I can make it at home!

  3. I’m passing this recipe to my mom. She loves Hawaiian pizza and this way she can have the taste of it without having to make a whole pizza for herself.

  4. Yum! I love Hawaiian pizza and you turned it into a grilled cheese sandwich is soooooo perfect!! Great recipe!!

  5. What a fabulous sandwich and I must ask… where are you getting Pineapples for only 99 cents! I am so jealous!

  6. Sounds delicious and sounds almost like Hawaii Toast just as a sandwich. Fantastic idea!!! Thank you!

  7. Fancy grilled cheeses are so fun! Love this version with the pineapple, yum!

  8. This is GORGEOUS…and it would make such a great quick weeknight meal!

  9. Diana @GourmetDrizzles says:

    Yum, yum, yum!!! Ok, can you tell I love Hawaiian Pizza, and now this? OMGoodness!!!

  10. How can you go wrong with a grilled cheese to stay under budget??!! I can’t believe I never thought to add pineapple! I love it, my daughter would gobble this up! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love this combo for wraps too! :)

  12. What an interesting idea, pizza in sandwich form. Lots of potential to expand on this idea. Thanks for sharing

  13. Never tried the oh-so-hawaiian SPAM before but my guess is that the other nummies in this sandwich would cover up the “tinny” taste! Coconut milk bread would be good too… mmmm ideas!

  14. Oh my goodness gracious, what a great idea!

  15. mmm. . .I love me some grilled cheese!

  16. What an awesome idea, that looks delicious! We are HUGE pineapple fans in this house, definitely trying this soon. I’ll be featuring you tomorrow on Show & Share Wednesday. See you there!

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