Park Palates: Apple Cheddar Pizza with toasted Pecans

September 9, 2010, 1:25 pm

Fall means apple season! The United States is the second largest apple producer in the world, and that means we have lots of varieties to choose from, and many great orchards to visit for apple picking.

In the fall, many orchards and farms will cater to visitors by providing additional activities like petting zoos and country stores. And, in the Midwest, apple picking is a very popular dating ritual! If you can make it to an orchard or farmers market (on a date or otherwise), buy in bulk. Apples store very well in your refrigerator or in cold storage, and keep best at temperatures between 35 and 40 degrees where the cold and low humidity slow down ripening enzymes.

Most of us eat apples whole, but when you have a bushel, it is time to get creative. There are simple methods for canning or making homemade apple sauce, and thousands of ways of making apple pie, but that’s old news.

This falll, find the right recipe for your taste in apples. At OhRanger.com, we've found a sweet and savory recipe that will tingle your tastebuds in more ways than one! Be choosy about your apple variety in this recipe, since a granny smith will give you a decisively different flavor than a sweeter fuji or gala apple. A great guide to choosing the perfect apple is availabe from the U.S. Apple Association.

And if you've still got apples leftover, check out our recipes for apple crisp and Shenandoah apple cake.

Apple Cheddar Pizza with toasted Pecans
This recipe is perfect for an easy dessert or great snack.

Ingredients

3 large apples, thinly sliced
1 cup apple juice
1 (12 oz. can) refrigerated, ready-made pizza dough
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tbsp. honey
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 cup grated white cheddar cheese

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly coat 14-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. Press dough into pizza pan.

Cook apples in apple juice until tender. Drain off juice and reserve. Place apple slices on dough. Dissolve cornstarch in apple juice, cinnamon, and honey. Cook over medium heat until clear. Spread sauce over apples. Sprinkle pecans on top. Top with cheese.

Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15-20 minutes.

Makes 8 servings.
Prep & Cook Time: 40 minutes.

Recipe and Image Source: U.S. Apple Association

More Apple Recipes:
Apple Crisp
Shenandoah Apple Cake