BBQ Jackfruit and Pineapple Pizza
Today I am starting on week 3 of my social distancing quarantine, even though our home state of North Carolina didn’t officially go into “stay-at-home” mode until today. It has been rough to get motivated to come up with new recipes or even share some oldies with you all, but I’m going to keep on trying!
A few weeks ago we decided to make a BBQ pizza using the can of Trader Joe’s jackfruit that I had in the pantry. We had made BBQ sandwiches with it before and I thought this would also be great on a pizza! Plus, I had some leftover coleslaw mix that I wanted to use up as well, so this pizza started coming to fruition.
For the sauce, I didn’t want to just use BBQ sauce so I added in a little vegan ranch dressing to tang it up a bit. I also chopped up some red onion and of course some fresh pineapple. I know, some of you just can’t handle pineapple on your pizza, but I’m telling you, this is so good!
To my leftover coleslaw mix I added in a little lowfat greek yogurt and some apple cider vinegar as well as a little salt and pepper to taste. You can mix up the coleslaw however you want to. I just didn’t want to add dry coleslaw mix to my pizza.
To make the jackfruit, heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat. Open the can of jackfruit, drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Partially shred it and place in the preheated pan and simmer for about 5 minutes. Add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of water and some of your favorite BBQ sauce to the pan. Cover and simmer on medium low for about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally to shred the jackfruit even more. It will look like pulled pork, believe it or not!
Using whatever pizza dough you have, top it with the BBQ/Ranch sauce, and then the shredded jackfruit. Top that with your pineapple and red onion and then lastly, the cheese. This time I made it with Trader Joe’s Almond Shredded Mozzarella cheese. The flavor was good, although it didn’t melt very well on the pizza. When I melted it in my eggs the next morning, it melted fine. Don’t quite know why.
Once all of the toppings are on, pop it in the oven and bake until the crust is brown and the cheese is melted.
This would also be good with sliced green onions instead of red onions. I just used what I had on hand. Some sliced jalapenos would also be a nice addition to give you that little extra kick! If you give it a try, let me know your toppings and how you liked it!