When I think of pizza, I usually imagine dough, sauce, and cheese, at a bare minimum. And while I do love these ingredients, sometimes I’m just craving something a little more sweet than savory. That’s why today, we’re diving into the realm of apple pizza, a delightful departure from the classic Italian version.
Picture a layer of thick, chewy flatbread topped with a delicious combination of sweet apple butter, crisp apples, creamy goat cheese, and a sprinkle of caramelized onions and walnuts. Unlike the savory, traditional Italian pizza, this sweeter variation is a celebration of autumn’s favorite fruit, offering a unique and indulgent experience.
I used pre-made flatbread, but you could also make your own for an even more homemade version. Make sure to choose good flavorful apples—my favorite is always honey crisp, especially for a recipe like this. It truly is a fall dish, combining the comforting flavors of fruit, caramel, and nuts. And while it might involve a little more effort than your traditional pizza, the results are well worth it in the end.
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- Half an onion sliced thinly
- Four Medium Pieces of Flatbread
- 1 Jar of Apple Butter
- 1 Honey crisp apple, sliced thinly
- 8 oz. Goat Cheese
- Honey, for drizzling
- Spinach or arugula, for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 325. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and stir until dissolved, then add the walnuts. Toast the walnuts for about three minutes, ensuring they’re well coated in the caramel mixture. Pour out onto a piece of wax paper and put in the refrigerator to harden.
- Without rinsing out the plan, place the thinly sliced onions into the leftover butter mixture and sautee until caramelized, about 15 minutes. Set aside.
- Set up your pizza assembly station. Onto each piece of flatbread, spread half a cup of apple butter. Arrange the apple slices over top, then sprinkle an even amount of goat cheese over the apples. Place a few spoonfuls of caramelized onions over the cheese.
- Place the pizzas on parchment paper in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the goat cheese is melted and the apples are soft. Be careful not to over-bake, as this will make the flatbread too crunchy.
- Once the pizzas are out of the oven, top immediately with the caramelized walnuts, spinach or arugula, and a drizzle of honey. Enjoy right away!
If using dough instead of flatbread, the baking temperature should be adjusted to 450 and the cook time should be reduced.