During the summer I naturally tend to eat a lot more fruit and I often like to try to use it in one of my food obsessions, dishes with plenty of hot melted ooey gooey cheese like grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas . I have been enjoying a lot of pineapple these last few days and that had me thinking about fun new ways to use it and the one idea that really stuck with me was to use it in another pizza quesadilla ! Hawaiian pizza is one of those pizzas where you either love it or hate it with its use of sweet and tangy pineapple on a pizza along with salty ham and smoky bacon and I am firmly in the love it category so Hawaiian pizza quesadillas were on the menu!
A Hawaiian pizza quesadilla recipe pretty much writes itself, I mean you just take the Hawaiian pizza ingredients, throw them into a tortilla and toast them up until all melty and good but that just wasn’t quite doing it for me… Although I do not hold to it all the time, I feel that a quesadilla should include some spicy heat and the basic Hawaiian pizza quesadilla was simply lacking in this regard! After some careful consideration I decided that the best way to add some heat to the quesadillas was take a note from the BBQ chicken pizza to replace the boring old pizza sauce with some sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and I also threw in some jalapeno peppers for good measure! The use of the BBQ sauce in the quesadillas put grilling on my mind so I grilled the pineapple to tenderize and caramelize it, bringing out its natural sweetness.
Isn’t summer great? Fresh fruit? Check! Plenty of ooey gooey melted cheese? Check! Mmm…
I like to really stuff my quesadillas!
These quesadillas are almost a half an inch thick making for one nice and tall stack of ooey gooey dripping goodness!
BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)
Ham and pineapple quesadillas inspired by the flavours of a BBQ ‘Hawaiian’ pizza with bacon, jalapenos and plenty of melted cheese!
- 1 (10 inch) tortilla
- 1/2 cup mozzarella or jack cheese, shredded
- 1/4 cup ham, cooked and cut into small pieces
- 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 cup pineapple, sliced and optionally grilled
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons jalapeno (pickled or fresh), sliced
- cilantro to taste
- Heat a pan over medium heat, place the tortilla in the pan, sprinkle half of the cheese over half of the tortilla, followed by the ham, bacon, pineapple, BBQ sauce, jalapeno, cilantro and the remaining cheese.
- Fold the tortilla in half coving the filling and cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.
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Jillian Manesh says
OMG yes. i have a pineapple obsession. this looks so good! PINNING now. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams
A great flavor combo Kevin!
Josh makes a similar quesadilla. I know he will love this one too!
Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says
My family loves quesadillas! These look amazing!
Heather Christo says
oh dear- these make me very happy!
Rocky Mountain Woman says
not only looks delicious, it has the funky fun feeling about it that makes it perfect for kids.
Marie Matter says
Jackie @ The Beeroness says
That's the best looking Quesadilla I've ever seen!
Kevin I have one big important question for you. You inspired me to make quesadillas, but I have trouble cutting them without the filling oozing out. Maybe my pizza cutter is too dull. I really love to make them to send with my husband for lunch. Any suggestions? anyone?
Comida Saboores says
Mexican, italian & Hawaiian fusion cousine to make these great looking quesadillas
Claire Mier says
Oh wow, they must be super yum yum and crispy!
dying for this!!
Marian (Sweetopia) says
To die for!!
Trish: I normally use a chefs knife and cut by placing the knife on top and pressing down. This way the filling gets pushed into the quesadilla when you cut rather than squeezing out. (I usually have to press down on the center of the wedges to get the sides to open up and have some of the filling squeeze out for the photos.)
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says
Stuffed quesadillas – that's the only way to eat them!
I like to stuff my quesadillas too! I've been on a Hawaiian kick lately, this looks delicious!
Julie @ Table for Two says
This looks wonderful!! I want some for dinner 🙂
kevin, por que no pones con receta una foto, para imprimir?
OMG. This is totally one of those "why didn't I think of that!?" moments. This looks ridiculously good. Wow!!
Loving this Kevin!
Lisa O says
Great recipe…so good that I made a vegetarian version!
Just made this tonight and my son loved it. It is a great flavor combination. He asked me to make him another.
Going to make this for my little granddaughter sometime – ham and pineapple is her favourite (only!) pizza. But she claims to not like bacon, go figure. Has anyone tried this with corn tortillas?
margaret: I normally make quesadillas with flour tortillas but only because I can only find really small corn tortillas but corn tortillas would also work great!
Kevin, you put together some of the best recipes!!! I’ll make these soon, they sound dreamy.
I overstuff my quesadillas, too – they’re never big enough. They’re kinda hard to flip.
But then you get the fried cheese bits all around, so NO PROBLEMO! I’ll keep overstuffing them.
Oh, and I will be using pulled pork for these!