Lilikoi Pork Pizza features a base of garlic aioli, shredded pork, sweet Maui onions, and red bell pepper topped with three cheeses (mozzarella, Romano, and parmesan) and drizzled with a lilikoi syrup. This is the perfect pizza to make when you have leftover pulled pork and want a little tropical flavor.
The idea for this pizza came from Outrigger Pizza in Maui, Hawaii. It is a mobile wood-burning oven stand that parks in the middle of an unassuming parking lot. We discovered it by smelling the pizza from down the street and we followed our noses!
Outrigger Pizza was even featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives! Check out the video here.
We loved the flavor combination (I am a sucker for anything with lilikoi) and the char from a wood-burning oven. We did think the crust was a little too thin for our preference and it could have used more meat. Here is a picture of the original:
What is lilikoi?
“Lilikoi” (pronounced Lil-A-Koy) is the Hawaiian word for passion fruit. It is a small, round fruit grown on a vine. They are filled with little sacs of juice and black seeds. They are very sweet, tart, and fragrant. It is common to see lilikoi in juice form, mixed into drinks, or used in desserts.
The original pizza uses a lilikoi syrup. I bought this one from Aunty Lilikoi, a company based in Kauai. However, I preferred using lilikoi seeds instead of the syrup- the flavor is more noticeable and I like the little pop of texture from the seeds. Feel free to use whatever is available to you but know that the flavor will be less intense when using the syrup.
I bought this lilikoi from Lee’s Fruit Stand. They told me to look for the wrinkly lilikois because they are less tart and pungent but still super flavorful. I wish you could smell them- it is intoxicating! I will definitely have more lilikoi recipes in the future 🙂
Hope you enjoy this pizza! Aloha from Maui!
Lilikoi Pork Pizza
- pizza stone
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 3 garlic cloves, pressed
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp freshly-cracked black pepper
- 2 lb pizza dough, homemade or storebought (see notes)
- 1 and 1/2 cup cooked pulled pork
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup kale, stems removed, finely chopped
- 1 sweet Maui onion (about 1/2 cup), sliced
- 1 and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 and 1/2 cup Romano cheese, shredded
- 1 and 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
- 1 lilikoi, fresh (or lilikoi syrup, see notes)
- If you are using pulled pork from a crock pot, you want to crisp it up before putting it on the pizza. This helps prevent sogginess. Set your broiler to HIGH. I spread the pork in a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Broil for 5-10 minutes keeping a close eye on it. Set aside to cool while proceeding to next steps.
- Preheat the oven to 500 degrees F for at least 30 minutes. Put the pizza stone in the oven while it is preheating so it gets nice and hot.
- Whisk together the ingredients for the garlic aoli and set aside.
- To assemble: Shape the pizza dough into a round flat disc measuring about 12 inches in diameter (note that the recipe makes enough for two 12 inch pizzas). Brush the entire surface area with olive oil. Smear with a thin layer of garlic aoili, add the cheeses, followed by the meat and other toppings. Sprinkle with a little extra cheese at the end.
- Working with the pizza stone: I normally prep my pizza on a piece of parchment parment paper sprinkled with cornmeal. Then I just transfer the pizza (still on the parchment paper) to the stone for baking.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and all the cheeses have melted.
- Drizzle with lilikoi syrup or top with lilikoi seeds. Slice and serve immediately.
- This is the pizza dough recipe I use: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-pizza-crust-recipe/#tasty-recipes-66436
- I prefer using lilikoi seeds because they are more flavorful but feel free to use lilikoi syrup if that is all you can find. Here is the brand I bought! https://www.auntylilikoi.com/syrups-and-juices/passion-fruit-syrup.html