Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

This is a recipe for sweet, salty, and totally irresistible apple gorgonzola pizza. Both gorgonzola cheese and honey give the homemade pizza the most unique flavor, while rosemary adds a touch of freshness. My pizza dough recipe yields two 12-inch pizzas, so you can freeze half for later. It’s an easy thick-style pizza crust with unbeatable flavor.

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Name your favorite pizza. What’s the pizza crust like? How about the pizza toppings? Was it piping hot or cold leftover pizza? And most importantly, how much cheese? 😉

You’re looking at my #1 favorite pizza of all time. Rosemary, apples, gorgonzola cheese, and honey are bit out of the ordinary for pizza, but this combination is surprisingly irresistible. Arrange it all on top of a thick-style, ultra chewy and soft pizza crust. Though store-bought pizza crust is convenient, I suggest using my homemade pizza dough for the BEST flavor. Homemade pizza crust is so much easier than you think.

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Homemade Pizza Dough

First, let’s chat about homemade pizza crust. I make this pizza dough every single week:

  • The recipe is perfect for bread beginners
  • Only 6 ingredients
  • Most of the time is hands-off
  • Crisp edges & fluffy interior
  • So, so flavorful.

This pizza dough yields enough for two 12-inch pizzas. You can freeze half for another time or simply make both pizzas at once. I use Red Star Platinum in my pizza dough because it produces the best results. The Platinum line is fantastic because its careful formula strengthens your dough and makes making working with yeast simple. For this pizza dough, I use only enough yeast to get the job done. By the way, if you ever have questions or concerns working with yeast, I have an entire Baking with Yeast guide.

Homemade Pizza Dough Video Tutorial

After you prepare the pizza dough, let it rise in the bowl for 60-90 minutes.

Homemade pizza dough on counter

Pizza dough balls

Apple Gorgonzola Pizza Toppings

After the pizza dough rises, punch it down, divide in half, then add all the delicious toppings.

  1. Mozzarella Cheese: The starting point for most pizza recipes, mozzarella cheese makes a lovely base layer of extra stretchy, extra delicious cheese.
  2. Gorgonzola Cheese: Crumbly salty gorgonzola cheese adds a sharp bite to every single slice. It pairs beautifully with sweet apple and fragrant rosemary. If you’re looking for a more mild (yet still pungent) cheese, swap the gorgonzola cheese for feta cheese.
  3. Thinly Sliced Apple: Use any variety of apple you love including Granny Smith, Fuji, or even Honeycrisp apples. Regardless of the variety, make sure the apple is thinly sliced because thicker slices won’t cook through. We want softened apples in each bite.
  4. Rosemary: A sprinkle of rosemary brightens up the entire pizza pie. You can use fresh rosemary or dried rosemary. Not a fan of rosemary? Add a touch of parsley, basil, or thyme instead.

These toppings would also be awesome on focaccia and flatbread too!

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Honey on Pizza

The pizza cooks in about 15 minutes. Once the edges brown, remove from the oven, then drizzle the hot pizza with a little honey. Sounds odd, but hear me out. My friend Marie got me hooked on the combination of salty pizza and sweet honey. A restaurant she visits in Cleveland serves a honey jar with their pizza– and they’ve become known for it! You might not believe me, but I swear you’ll be instantly hooked. A light burst of sweetness on top of salty hot pizza is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. Try it at least once.

Right before serving the apple gorgonzola pizza, drizzle with a little honey. If you’re still skeptical, don’t worry– the honey is completely optional.

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

Hands down, the BEST pizza I've ever had. Salty, sweet Apple Gorgonzola Pizza. It's unbelievably and quite easy to make!

The flavors and textures in this pizza are incredible! You have the cheesy mozzarella base, the salty gorgonzola, the soft apples, aromatic rosemary, sweet honey, soft crust, and mega crispy edges. Ditch the pizza delivery, you’re eating homemade tonight!

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Caramelized Apple Gorgonzola Pizza

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: one 12-inch pizza
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

This is a recipe for sweet, salty, and totally irresistible apple gorgonzola pizza. My pizza dough recipe makes enough for two 12-inch pizzas. Toppings listed are enough for one 12-inch pizza. Freeze the rest of the pizza dough for another time.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (6oz or 168g) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese
  • 1 small apple, thinly sliced (your favorite variety – I used Honeycrisp)
  • chopped fresh or dried rosemary, to taste
  • optional: honey for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Prepare pizza dough through step 5, including preheating the oven to 475°F (246°C). Cover the shaped dough lightly with plastic wrap and allow it to rest as the oven preheats.
  2. To prevent the pizza toppings from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the shaped dough lightly with olive oil. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Top the dough evenly with mozzarella cheese. Add the gorgonzola cheese, then arrange sliced apples all over the cheeses. Sprinkle with rosemary.
  3. Bake pizza for 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven, then drizzle with honey if desired. Slice hot pizza and serve immediately.
  4. Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months. See pizza crust recipe for instructions on freezing the pizza dough.

Keywords: gorgonzola cheese, apples, fall recipe

75 Comments

  1. We make homemade pizza almost once a week, and I’m constantly on the hunt for new creative combos. Rosemary is my favorite herb, I adore gorgonzola, and anything salty/sweet has my name on it. Sally, I think you made this pizza just for me! 😉 Glad you had a happy thanksgiving and congrats to your sis!

  2. Congrats to your older sister! Wow, the M. family is sure going to be busy with weddings and wedding planning coming up. How great that you two can experience this joyous time together! That’s so cool!

    And this pizza. The abundance of cheese. My kinda pizza. The only way 🙂 And with the apples, so perfect! I love that you’re bringing some savory recipes in here and there. It’s a great way to diversify and share things everyone loves…like cheesy pizza. pinned

  3. Oh yayyy, I can’t wait to try this, I have been saving the other half of the crust recipe I made the other day in the freezer for your next pizza post lol 😀

  4. Gorgonzola and apples! You are tugging at my heart strings! I’ve never put honey on top of a pizza slice before but I can’t imagine anything with a touch of honey could taste bad 😉 Congratulations to your sister!!!

  5. Weird story – When my brother and I were little kids we always held a marriage ceremony after my family ordered pizza for dinner. We proceeded to try to marry the pizza box, every single time. I never knew why, and I always thought I was just a really weird kid. Then, I met this caramelized apple & gorgonzola pizza and it all made sense. My young self knew this would be happening in my future and was just getting a head start on making sure that it would be bonded to me for-ev-er. Moral of my story: oh my gosh Sally, this looks like… I want it now.

    1. Hahahahaha I just cracked up. Such a cute story Taylor. And no, it’s no weird! I played make believe like that all the time when I was little. You and this pizza are meant to be!

  6. So exciting for your sister! What a fun time for you both. After reading this, my desire for pizza is through the roof. Such a unique combination of flavors. And I’m with you–I’m happy with a no-red-sauce pizza. Hope you have had a great start to your week!

  7. Beautiful and delicious, Sally! I’m a tomato-sauce fiend, but I could still get onboard with this pizza 🙂 Honey adds such a wonderful, unique flavor to foods, and I’m sure it’s great here! There is a pizza restaurant in Colorado too (Beau Jo’s) that serves honey along with the pizza. It’s mostly for the enormous crust, but I’m sure people put it on the pizza slices themselves too. I’m glad you had a great Thanksgiving, and congratulations to your sister! 😀

    1. I’m a red sauce fiend too, Caley! And I shockingly loved (loved!!) this pizza. I have to find that pizza restaurant if Kevin and I ever visit CO. (He used to live in Breckenridge.) Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  8. This pizza looks amazing!!! I haven’t worked with yeast much before, but the way you broke it down is really helpful! I can’t wait to try this recipe 😀
    Thanks for the awesome blog!

  9. First, congrats to your sister!! How fun that the both of your are engaged at the same time!! My only sister (the rest are all boys) is 5 , so I do not think that will be happening over here!

    Second, this pizza! I make the craziest pizzas all the time, but my all time favorite topping is gorgonzola (or blue cheese) and a drizzle honey if I did a fruit or balsamic glaze or buffalo sauce. LOL! I love cheesy pizza! The caramelized apples on this sound amazing. Especially, with the rosemary and gorgonzola!

    1. Hahahhaha Tieghan I just laughed so hard. I don’t think you’re sister will have a fiancé any time soon! And all boys – oh my goodness. I’ve never had a brother before! But I’ll have a few brothers in law soon!

      You make the BEST pizzas and I’m always inspired by your flavor combinations!

  10. This looks amazing!! I am looking forward to trying it, but I cannot get the link to the pizza crust to allow me to print the recipe. I don’t have space to prop up the ipad or laptop to have the photo tutorial, so I like to print off your recipes and put them in my recipe binder. It keeps saying the URL isn’t there or may have moved. Just wanted to let you know. As always, love your recipes, blog, etc!! Thanks for sharing Sally!!

    1. Hey Crystal! So sorry that the crust recipe isn’t printing. I can look into it for you. In the meantime, can you copy/paste into a document, email, or other text box?

  11. Wow. Made this tonight using Trader Joe’s crust (didn’t have time after work to try your homemade crust). We added bacon because we had some that needed to be used before it went bad and we we used blue cheese. It was AMAZING. My husband and I inhaled the whole thing. Might be the best combination of flavors ever. Thanks for the this incredible recipe!

    1. I agree. LOVE these flavors together. And blue cheese is a great sub for the gorgonzola for sure. Thanks for reporting back Kate! (PS: TJ’s dough is so good)

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