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Apple Bacon Cheddar Pizza Recipe

Apple Bacon Cheddar Pizza

Apple Bacon Cheddar Pizza


Apple, bacon, and cheddar are becoming one of my most favorite pizza combinations. What’s interesting to me is that this pizza turns out different each time I make it. Check out this post from November 2011 and another from October 2012. Two different strategies make this version stand out from the others. First, my friend Sara showed me how to slice the onions super thin, making caramelizing easier. Second, rather than putting the toppings on one topping at a time we added them more randomly. This made for nice flavor distribution and nice presentation. This apple, bacon, and cheddar recipe is sweet and savory, and so delicious!


Apple Sausage Pizza Recipe

Apple Sausage Pizza

Apple Sausage Pizza


Notes: The 31st Annual Downtown Ithaca Apple Harvest Festival inspired this pizza. I picked up some fresh apples from the friendly students at Cornell Orchards and knew I had to make a pizza. After a quick stop at GreenStar Natural Foods Market for some organic ingredients I was ready to assemble. A light spread of Annie’s Goddess Dressing helped keep the dough from drying out. My husband said the flavors of the apples, onions, cheddar cheese, and sausage were an excellent combination.

BBQ Rib Pizza Recipe

BBQ Rib Pizza


  • Grilled baby back ribs, chopped into small pieces
  • BBQ sauce
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Homemade pizza dough

Note: I love when I can use leftovers to make an awesome pizza (see my Thanksgiving Pizza recipe from last year). For this pizza, I broiled, then grilled the ribs with BBQ sauce. The ribs were delicious on their own, but on a pizza with cheddar cheese… amazing!

Apple, Cheddar, Bacon Pizza Recipe

Apple, Cheddar, Bacon Pizza


  • Chopped turkey bacon
  • Caramelized yellow onion
  • Lightly sauteed Granny Smith apple
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Homemade pizza dough

Guacamole Pizza Recipe

Guacamole Pizza

Do you have a standby recipe for nights when you don’t like to cook? One of my standbys is layer dip. Individually the ingredients aren’t that bad for you and together they taste so good. I was curious to see what layer dip might be like on pizza so I gave it a shot this week and have to say that my guacamole pizza is one of the most dense and filling pizzas I’ve made. I was surprised that I was able to recognize all the distinct flavors after baking the pizza. It tasted like layer dip with a crispy, chip-like crust.

While pre-baking the dough, I prepared the guacamole by combining one avocado with store bought guacamole mix. Then, I used my potato masher to smash a can of pinto beans and mixed the beans with taco seasoning. To assemble the pizza I spread a thin layer of the smashed pinto beans on the dough, followed by a thick layer guacamole. Then I added a layer of salsa and cheddar cheese. Finally, I topped the pizza with a few chopped onions and sliced black olives. I’m thinking Guacamole pizza might give layer a dip a run for the money at our Super Bowl party this year.

Apple, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza Recipe

Apple Bacon Caramelized Onion Pizza

Autumn is a season full of wonderful flavors. I especially love all foods that include apples. Last year I topped two different pizzas with apples. Both were good, but I wanted to try something different.

Now that I have successfully caramelized onions a couple of times, I decided to make them for this pizza. Along with the onions, I sauteed a Granny Smith apple and crisped bacon in the toaster oven. After pre-baking the dough, I sprinkled on cheddar cheese, then added the onions, apple and bacon. I let it bake until the cheese started to bubble.

The only things wrong with this pizza was that it was too small. It was so good! The cheddar cheese tasted amazing with the caramelized onions and apples. And bacon, it’s so good with anything. My apple, bacon and caramelized onion pizza recipe was a perfect fall dish!

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

I have been making so many pizzas this summer that I haven’t been able to keep up with the blog posts. Andrew’s former student Rob and his girlfriend joined us for dinner in June before they headed off to NYC. Rob is a foodie, but he didn’t have any special requests so I decided to make a Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza and take a second shot at my Barbecue Chicken Pizza.

I think you need more than two types of meat to classify a pizza as meat-lovers so I can’t label this pizza as that, but this one sure tasted great. I used precooked sausage from Wegmans prepared food section and turkey pepperoni. The flavor from the sausage, pepperoni, and mozzarella cheese combined for guest-satisfying first pizza.

The second pizza was the show stopper of the night. Last summer I made a BBQ chicken pizza, but used store bought sauce and red onions. For this pizza I marinated the chicken in homemade sauce. First, I spread on a thin layer of BBQ sauce onto the dough. Then, rather than using mozzarella like last time, I sprinkled on cheddar cheese. Finally, I placed the grilled BBQ chicken on top. The homemade sauce and the cheddar cheese made all the difference. I still prefer onions on my BBQ chicken pizza, but this was still a winner.