Twitter users were in turmoil on Thursday April 28 after a recipe was posted on the BBC website. The Hawaiian spaghetti dish has sparked outrage by pairing ham and pineapple with pasta in a controversial recipe.
The unusual combination sparked outrage online as users went so far as to claim the recipe was “dirtying” Italian cuisine.
Journalist Chaminda Jayanetti tweeted: “BREAKING: BBC declares war on Italy.
Another added: “Italy won’t like it, but it’s not a declaration of war. No, it’s reserved for using the wrong cheese or pork product in a dish and calling it carbonara.
The dish contains ham and pineapple, which have already caused furious debate when used as pizza toppings.
The use of the ingredients in another staple Italian dish has sparked heated debate over whether it is acceptable to use them in traditional pasta recipes.
Another Twitter user added, “Alexa, show me a new and exciting way to upset all the Italians in my neighborhood.”
One said: “I urge my fellow Italians to show restraint in the face of this blatant provocation.”
The recipe didn’t garner widespread support among aspiring chefs, earning a measly one and a half stars on the BBC Food website.
The recipe on the website describes it as, “A family pasta recipe that makes the most of canned foods.
“If your kids love Hawaiian pizza, this ham and pineapple pasta is a great alternative to try for a quick midweek dinner.”
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Another Twitter user said: “Luckily Italy is full of notebooks from moms, nuns and uncles with real Italian recipes to discover in the distant future.
“Our culinary honor is safe, the next generations of archaeologists will know the truth.”
The ham and pineapple pizza – nicknamed Hawaiian pizza – is said to have been invented for the first time far from Italy, in a restaurant in Canada in 1962.
The dish is believed to have originated from a recipe created by a Greek-born restaurateur who drew inspiration from the combination of sweet and savory flavors from his experience in Chinese cuisine.
Sam Panopoulos decided to try the dish to attract customers to his restaurant in Ontario. Although the suit was not an immediate hit, it grew in popularity around the world in the decades that followed.