Mini Hawaiian Pizzas

Ready in 30 minutes, these Mini Hawaiian Pizza Bites are stuffed with your favorite pizza toppings!

Mini Hawaiian Pizzas baked in premade crescent dinner rolls for an easy buttery, fluffy crust stuffed with cheese, pineapple, ham, bacon, green peppers and red onions smothered in a barbecue marinara. Fabulous appetizers or fun family meal!

Three Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas.

Mini Hawaiian Pizza Bites

Don’t you just love bite size foods? From my Artichoke Dip Bites to Buffalo Popcorn Chicken, to my Cheesy Meatball Sliders, mini everything is just so fun — not to mention easier to eat! So for these mini pizzas, I went with my favorite Hawaiian pizza.

Hawaiian pizza has been my favorite type of pizza for as long as I can remember.

It might be the sweet crowning pineapple.

It might be the crispy bacon.

It might be the savory ham.

It might be the sweet barbecue marinara.

I think it’s all of those things — together — in one hot cheesy, melty bite.

So when I decided to make mini deep dish pizzas, I knew I wanted to make Hawaiian pizzas.  But really, this mini deep dish pizza making method can be used for any toppings, any sauces, anything you can dream up!

Top view of a Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas.

What’s on a Hawaiian Pizza?

Hawaiian pizza toppings are often quite controversial, but personally I LOVE pineapple on my pizza. Here’s what you’ll need to make these mini pizza bites:

  • Crescent rolls: You want to get the pre-made refrigerated crescent dinner rolls.
  • Mozzarella cheese: Use low-moisture fresh mozzarella instead of mozzarella packed in water or the cheese will weep too much and leave you with a soggy pizza. Also, do NOT use pre-shredded mozzarella as it is coated in anti-clumping chemicals which prevent it from melting nicely. 
  • Marinara sauce: I used a garlic and onion marinara sauce from the store, but buy any kind you like.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can use your favorite sweet barbecue sauce (such as Sweet Baby Rays or honey BBQ sauce), although I highly suggest making my homemade BBQ sauce recipe.
  • Chopped pineapple: Fresh or canned tidbits will work.
  • Green bell pepper: I prefer using green bell pepper for this pineapple pizza recipe as it’s less sweet and balances out the other toppings.
  • Red onion: Red onions add a pop of zippy fresh flavor that really make the pizza come alive.  Make sure to slice them thinly so they soften in the oven. 
  • Ham: Sliced ham or Canadian bacon will work.
  • Bacon: You need to cook the bacon until crisp, then crumble before adding it to the pizza.
  • Spices: I used a blend of dried basil, ginger, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
Side view of Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas with parsley and pineapple garnish.

How to Make Hawaiian Pizza Bites

All you need to make mini pizzas are some crescent dinner rolls for the crust (I’ve found these to be the easiest to work with) and then the possibilities are endless!

Showing how to make Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas by mixing the ingredients in a glass bowl.

For my Hawaiian version, you combine your pineapple, ham, bacon, green peppers, red onion, premade marinara sauce, sweet barbecue sauce, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, some dried basil and ginger.  Just looking at the combo makes me giddy!

Showing how to make  Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas by putting dough in a cup cake tin pan. .

Spoon the filling into the unbaked crusts…

Showing how to make Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas top view.

Top with some more mozzarella cheese because pizza should be cheesy!

Showing how to make Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas by adding cheese.

Bake for about 15 minutes and you have the cutest Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas you ever did see!

And the tastiest you ever did eat.

Showing how to make Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas after baked in the oven.

Tips for Making Pineapple Pizza Bites

  • Generously spray the muffin cups with non-stick spray, otherwise your Hawaiian pizza bites will stick to the pan.
  • When pressing the crescent rolls into the muffin cups, I find it easiest to press a corner on the short side of the triangle crescent together with the longest point of the triangle to form a cup before placing in muffin tin.
  • Do not overfill the muffin cups, otherwise your mini pizzas will overflow in the oven.

Can I Prep Mini Pizza Bites in Advance?

Yes! These pineapple pizza bites can be baked and then frozen for later. Keep reading for my tips on freezing and reheating pizza bites.

Four Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas on a wood cutting board.

How to Store Hawaiian Pizza Bites

Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

How to Reheat Hawaiian Pizza Bites

To reheat in the oven:

  • Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Transfer pizza bites to the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until heated through.

To reheat in the microwave:

  • Microwave at 20-second intervals until heated through.  Be aware that the crust will lose crunch in the microwave. 

How to Freeze Hawaiian Pizza Bites

Freeze leftovers by placing each mini pizza in small plastic bag and sealing it. To use, remove from bag and reheat in the microwave or reheat on a baking tray in preheated oven at 425F degrees until heated through.

Showing a Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas holding with a bite out of it.

What to Serve with Hawaiian Pizza Bites

These mini pineapple pizza bites are fabulous with just a big green salad, pasta salad and fruit.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Mini Deep Dish Hawaiian Pizzas

Mini Hawaiian Pizzas baked in premade crescent dinner rolls for an easy buttery, fluffy crust stuffed with cheese, pineapple, ham, bacon, green peppers and red onions smothered in a barbecue marinara. Fabulous appetizers or fun family meal!
Servings: 16 mini pizzas
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz. refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Garlic salt

Hawaiian Pizza Filling

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons marinara sauce (I use garlic and onion)
  • 1/3 cup sweet barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 heaping cup chopped gpineapple (fresh or canned tidbits)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 3/4 cup chopped Canadian bacon/ham *about 10 slices)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon dry basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Freshly cracked salt and pepper
  • red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 375F degrees. Spray 16 regular-size muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Unroll dough one tube at a time and separate triangles along proliferated edges. Press triangles into 16 muffin cups and up the edges to form a cup.* Sprinkle dough with garlic salt.
  • In medium bowl, mix Hawaiian Pizza Filling together and season with freshly cracked salt and pepper to taste. Evenly divide mixture between dough and sprinkle with remaining ½ cup mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until cheese is lightly browned. Let pizzas stand 1 minute then loosen edges with a knife.

Notes

*I find it easiest to press a corner on the short side of the triangle crescent together with the longest point of the triangle to form a cup before placing in muffin tin.
**This recipe can be halved or you can freeze leftovers by placing each individual pizza in small plastic bag and sealing it. To use, remove from bag and reheat in the microwave or reheat on a baking tray in preheated oven at 425F degrees until heated through.

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6 Comments

  1. Lynn | The Road to Honey says

    Like you, Jen, I am also a sucker for a good Hawaiian Pizza. These are such a great idea. I love how you can effortlessly whip these mini pizzas up on nights when time is precious or you want a quick snack. BTW. . .looking at the photo with the filling in the bowl makes me giddy too! Such beautiful colors.

    • Jen says

      Isn’t it fun when food makes you giddy?! Thanks so much Lynn! I hope you can whip these up soon :)!

  2. Dorothy Dunton says

    Hi Jen! These so remind me of a recipe I came up with years ago! I call mine BBQ cups – I use canned biscuits filled with a sloppy joe mixture and top them with Cheddar. As you said, the possibilities are endless!

    • Jen says

      Hi Dorothy, great minds think alike! I love the idea of sloppy joe BBQ cups – yum!! What a perfect way to eat sloppy joes without them being so sloppy!! I need to try that!

  3. Nancy Jewett says

    I used to do a Pillsbury recipe for my grand kids, using the biscuits, and pot pie filling. They ate any vegetable I put into to them, because they thought they were fun!

    • Jen says

      I love the mini pot pie idea – so cute and such great way to get kids to eat veggies!

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