Pineapple has no place on pizza, according to the president of Iceland in an off-the-cuff remark that's gone viral on social media. Iceland Magazine first reported on Pineapple Pizzagate following Guðni Th. Jóhannesson's appearance at a high school in Northern Iceland. Students grilled him on his pizza topping preference and he said he was fundamentally opposed to putting pineapple on top of a pizza. Then he went one step further, announcing that he would pass a ban on pineapple as a pizza topping if he had the power to pass laws on his own.
That's exactly what Canadian bacon producers cried when they heard that declaration. What would Hawaiian Pizza be without pineapple? We're very PRO PINEAPPLE at Allrecipes. We love the way the sweet fruit plays up the salty sass of Southern ham. It's almost like the way the simmering volcanoes of Iceland heat the nation's hot springs. We cannot imagine one without the other. It'd be like an upside down cake with nothing on top or teriyaki kebabs without the juicy chunks of yellow to break up the meat.
After the casual comment bubbled over into social media firestorm, the president diplomatically flip-flopped on the issue, stating the obvi: "I can't dictate pizza toppings!" Still, he added one final controversial plug for the product from his country, suggesting people should try cod as a pizza topping.
If all this pineapple talk gets you craving the stuff, here's the 411 on how to tackle that prickly tropical fruit, in story and video form. Maybe we should all forward this short how-to Mr. Jóhannesson.