This Fall Harvest Pizza with Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale is absolutely the most perfect family-friendly recipe for the Fall season! It comes topped with spicy chipotle olive oil base, and topped with mild cheddar cheese, apple slices, sautéed broccolini, kale, and candied turkey bacon. So much savoriness and sweetness in one pizza pie. The best weeknight meal option for everyone.
This Fall Harvest Pizza with Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale is EVERYTHING! I mean absolutely EVERYTHING!!
When it comes to pizza, I’m such a huge fan. Honestly, is there a better handheld food that exists? Ummm, I think not. Haha.
And while pizzas might not be the common theme for the Fall season, I wanted to create my own Fall-inspired version of this round goodness.
If you’ve been an avid reader of Orchids + Sweet Tea, then you’re probably already swooning over our previous pizzas. Honestly, I try to put a lot of love in my homemade pizzas and definitely try not to skimp on flavor.
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When it comes to making the perfect pizza crust, it only really takes a FEW HACKS/TRICKS for this to happen. However, it is imperative that you follow these exact steps every time, so that the perfect crust is achieved!
It comes loaded with sweet + savory flavors.
No rising time required for crust.
Hearty + comforting.
Super easy to make and the perfect fun, family dinner-making activity.
Perfect hints of Fall spices.
PERFECTION in EVERY. SINGLE. BITE.
When it comes to the crust, rising the dough isn’t at all required for this pizza. However, if you choose to rise the crust dough, then you’ll have a much fluffier, larger crust which isn’t a bad thing at all. If you want to keep your dough fairly thin and a bit more on the crunchier side, then rolling out and topping your dough once it’s formed is your best bet.
Place the bacon on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the tops of the bacon with maple syrup and sprinkle on some brown sugar. Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10-15 minutes or so, flipping the bacon and brushing the opposite side with maple syrup and sprinkling the brown sugar as well. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until it is completely caramelized and crispy.
Pizza Crust – I enjoy making my easy pizza crust from scratch, however, you can always use a store-bought pizza crust as well
Mild Cheddar Cheese – Adds such bold, rich cheesy flavor. While Mozzarella cheese is the standard, I’ve found that mild cheddar creates a smokiness that works amazingly with the other ingredients
Herbs + Seasonings – A great addition of flavor. Adds such savoriness nice + a beautiful kick of spice
Olive Oil – Used as a part of the base which creates a light taste overall
Kale – A great addition of greens
Candied Bacon – Whether you choose to use turkey or pork bacon, they both will add a beautiful kick of savoriness
Sautéed Broccolini – Although regular broccoli can be used, I enjoy the mild, earthy taste of broccolini
Apples — The absolute star of this dish; I tend to mix Gala Apples with Granny Apples for a nice ying-yang of flavor
Honey — Used as a sweetener for both the crust and pizza base sauce
CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME?
Absolutely! You can always prep the ingredients separately and store them: cook the bacon and chop before storing, prep the veggies and store in an airtight container in the fridge, peel + slice your apples and added lemon juice (to prevent browning) along with spices for the perfect marination. You can also make your pizza dough and let it rise overnight.
WHAT OTHER TOPPINGS CAN I ADD?
Honestly, anything! The awesome thing about pizza is that you can add whatever topping you’d like. You can substitute the ingredients with pork bacon, caramelized onions, pears, tomatoes, broccoli, spinach—you name it.
HOW MANY CAN THIS PIZZA SERVE?
Typically, this pizza can serve 6-8 slices depending on how wide the slices are. For a bigger pizza size, I recommend allowing the dough to rise for an hour or so, which will allow you for a better stretch thus creating a bigger pizza.
HOW TO PREVENT THE BOTTOM OF PIZZA FROM GETTING SOGGY.
Thankfully, I’ve had great success with my airbake dish when making my homemade pizzas. Due to the perforated bottom, it allows for the pizza crust to fully cook through and be entirely crisp throughout once placed directly on the oven rack. To prevent a mess, I simply add a large piece of foil at the bottom rack so that any drippage is caught on there.
Fall Harvest Pizza: Apples, Candied Bacon, Broccolini, + Kale.