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Apple Butter Ham & Cheese Pizza

You can’t get a pizza like this delivered. With gooey cheese and apple butter as the sauce, it’s worth the effort to make it at home.

Prep Time 60 MIN
Cook Time 40 MIN
Total Time 1 HR 40 MIN
Serves 4 PEOPLE
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Ingredients & Instructions

  • 20 oz Frick’s ham, diced (~4 cups)
  • ~48 oz of pizza dough (for four 12” pizzas), at room temperature
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 – 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 3/4 cup apple butter
  • 16 oz sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • ~6 cups fresh arugula

Step 1

Caramelize onions: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet set over medium heat. Add the sliced onions, sprinkle with a bit of salt & pepper (about 1/2 tsp of each), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are a deep golden brown, ~15 min. Scoop the onions onto a plate and let cool to room temperature.

Step 2

Place a baking stone on a rack set in the center of your oven, or use an overturned rimmed baking sheet on the lowest oven rack, and preheat the oven to 500°F.

Step 3

Use your fingers to press and stretch a 12 oz portion of dough into a 12” circle and lay the dough on a parchment paper covered pizza peel or open sided cookie sheet.

Step 4

Brush the crust with a bit of olive oil, coating the entire surface with a thin layer. Sprinkle with a pinch of crushed red pepper and a few shakes of ground black pepper. Spread about 3 tbsp apple butter over the crust, leaving about 1” of dough around the circumference of the pizza. Sprinkle about 1/4 of the caramelized onions over the apple butter, then sprinkle 1/4 of the grated cheese over the onions, followed by 1/4 of the diced ham.

Step 5

Slide pizza into the oven. Bake for 10-12 min., until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

Step 6

Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with 1 tsp of fresh thyme. Top with 1-1/2 cups of arugula, slice and serve.

Repeat with remaining dough and pizza toppings.

A Rebecca Blackwell of A Little and a Lot creation.

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