I think this is one of the best Pizza’s I have had! This is a sweet and savory pizza with a crunch. Apple, bacon, and Gouda go very well together. It may seem hard to put together but it really is not. Once you have made it the next time will become much easier, and I can guarantee there will be a next time…….
Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Pizza
1 pound of pizza dough (homemade or bought fresh from the deli)
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 small red onion, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
6 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into squares
1 large Honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
7 ounce round of gouda cheese, grated
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
7-8 sage leaves, chiffonaded
1 tablespoon honey
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 450º F with pizza stone in the oven (preheat baking pan if you don’t have a pizza stone). In a non-stick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over medium high heat. Saute onions with a little salt a pepper for 4-5 minutes to allow them to soften and begin to golden. Add the garlic and cook for one additional minute. Remove from heat and set aside until ready to use.
Place bacon pieces on a paper towel lined plate in an even layer. Microwave on high for 4 1/2 – 5 1/2 minutes (until pretty crisp). While the bacon is crisping, Hand stretch (or roll if you prefer a thinner crust) the dough into and oblong shape. Sprinkle some cornmeal on the pizza stone (or preheated baking sheet), carefully place the dough on the hot stone and bake for 2-3 minutes just to get a good par-bake on it. Remove from oven using a pizza peel.
Mix 1 tablespoon honey with 1 tablespoon olive oil and brush over entire pizza crust. Layer on half of the gouda followed by half of the apples. Then add the remainder of the gouda and then apples. Last, top with parmesan, bacon, and sage. Bake for another 12-15 minutes (until cheese is nice and melted and the crust is golden and crisp).
Cut into slices (or squares) and serve hot. Prepare to have your mind BLOWN.
Slightly Adapted from: How Sweet It Is
Put your pizza stone or baking pan in the preheated oven. Once you have done that get your onions on to saute. Don’t forget to salt and pepper them.
The next thing I do is get my bacon cooked. You can do it in the microwave, in the oven or on the stove. Do whichever way you prefer.
Get your pizza dough out so it will be room temperature. I made my own but you can use store-bought.
Here are some pictures of the Gouda, sage and apple. I wanted you to see the cheese in and out of the wrapper in case you were not sure what Gouda looks like. The Gouda was encased in wax, make sure you take that off before you grate it.
Here is the honey and olive oil. I put mine in a small prep bowl.
You know if you have all of these ingredients then whatever you are making will be good…..
Once your onions are almost done you want to add the minced garlic.
Get your Parmesan cheese grated and apples sliced. It is just about time to put it all together.
Hand stretch or roll out your dough. I do not like mine in perfect little shapes as you can see. Have fun with it!
Take your hot cooking stone or baking pan out of the oven. Sprinkle it with cornmeal and carefully put your dough on it and place back in the oven for about 2-3 minutes.
Take it back out of the oven and brush the crust with the olive oil and honey mixture. Then sprinkle half of the Gouda over it.
Next put half of the apples on the crust.
The recipe did not say when to add the sautéed onions and garlic so I put them on top of the first layer of apples.
Repeat with another layer of Gouda and the apples. Then sprinkle the bacon on top of that.
Before you put it in the oven top with the grated Parmesan cheese and chiffonaded sage leaves.
Your pizza should look something like this when it is done. When was the last time you have seen something so wonderful!!! This even taste better than it looks if you can believe that. 🙂