This “pie” is a true collision of Italian and American cultures. It combines an earthy whole wheat crust with farm fresh apples, thinly sliced gouda cheese, plump cranberries, fried sage and a smattering of honey. This pie works as an appetizer, a wonderful addition to an antipasto plate, or as a sweet and savory dessert, to be served along side a selection of other cheeses and fruit.
1 recipe whole wheat pizza dough (found here). This recipe makes 4-5 personal sized pizzas. You can also purchase uncooked pizza dough from your grocery store or local pizzeria.
3 apples, thinly sliced. Use what your local orchard is dishing out. I like Honey Crisp, but I also threw in some Golden Delicious and a tart Granny Smith.
1/4 Gouda cheese. You want something semi-soft.
1/4 cup dried cranberries
6–8 sage leaves, fried in olive oil and crumbled
honey – as much as you like
salt to taste
Place a pizza stone on the middle rack of your oven and heat to 500 degrees for at least a half hour prior to using it.
In the meantime, thinly slice the apples. I sliced mine to an 1/8″ thickness.
Next, slice the cheese.
You can also prepare the fried sage by heating tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When the oil is nice and hot, place in the sage leaves. They won’t take long to fry, about 30 seconds or so. Remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon and place them on paper towels to absorb the oil (like bacon!). You can crumble them with your hands, and once the pizza pops out of the oven, sprinkle them on top.
Sprinkle some semolina flour or cornmeal on a pizza peel and stretch out a pizza dough round to about 10-12″ in diameter.
Place some of the apple slices down on the dough. Don’t overload it with slices at this point, just about 8 should do it.
Follow up with some slices of cheese, and then another layer of apples.
Don’t make your pizza too heavy – save some toppings for the other pies!
Sprinkle with a little salt and a handful of cranberries.
Drizzle with honey.
Shimmy the pizza into the oven and bake for about 8 minutes.
Using the pizza peel, remove the pizza from the oven, drizzle with a little more honey and sprinkle with the crumbled, fried sage.