Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Family Bites: Carmelized Onion, Sausage, and Apple Pizza

carmelizedonionandapplepizza When my husband was a kid, his mom decided to experiment and see if the family would get sick of pizza if she made it every night for dinner.

Guess who got sick of it first?

I love having pizza for dinner. Sometimes it can be a hassle to make, but I’ve pretty much got the dough recipe down and the result is worth it, because the girl will eat it. I feel way better about pizza I’ve made vs. pizza we’ve bought. Less greasy, less preservative-filled, and good ingredients. I totally believe in fresh mozzarella.

My sis-in-law does pizza and movie night every Friday with the kids, at home. Once a week is doable. And we always make enough for leftovers.

This recipe was born out of the Newman’s Own Foodbuzz Tastemakers program, where I got to try several different products. My mom actually came up with the apple slices. Gorgeous. I knew I had good cooking genes. Sausage was a natural accompaniment with its salty balance.

Here’s a link to my favorite pizza dough recipe. It’s chewy, crusty, and no rolling out necessary (just pulling and stretching). But if you’re short on time, I find refrigerated pizza dough to be acceptable. Hopefully you’re lucky enough to live next to a Trader Joe’s and can get a good one.


  • pizza dough for 1 15x12 cookie sheet pan
  • 1 C of Newman’s Own Sockarooni Pasta Sauce (or other red sauce)
  • 10 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, shredded or sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 green apple, cored and cut into thin slices
  • 1 onion sliced thinly
  • 2 italian sausages, casings removed.
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unroll the pizza crust over a greased cookie sheet. Press to fit.
  2. Blend 1 C of Newman’s Own Sockarooni Pasta sauce in blender for 10 seconds. Pour sauce over the pizza crust, spreading evenly. Leave a 1 inch border around all edges.
  3. Sprinkle or place cheese over the pasta sauce.
  4. Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Cook apple and onion, stirring constantly, for 12-15 minutes or until caramelized. Set aside.
  5. Cook sausages in same pan, breaking up sausage into small crumbles. Cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  6. Scatter cooked apple, onion, and sausage over cheese. Place pizza in oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (until crust is lightly browned). Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting and serving.


the wicked noodle said...

This looks deliciously different! I'm adding this to the dinner menu right away. Can't wait to see if my kids will try it, too!

Cindy Rowland said...

salivating a little more than is probably necessary right now. sounds unbelievable.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

christian made carmelized onion and bacon pizza. I think you inspired him.

sienna said...

we make pizza a lot. still not sick of it. we're getting pretty quick at it too. tony loves sausage so we'll probably have to try this.

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