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Apple Cheddar Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts
Working on this recipe was quite an internal struggle for me. I knew I wanted to do an apple cheddar pizza, and I kind of thought I wanted to add walnuts too. But a little voice kept nagging at me.

“Add caramelized onions! Caramelized onions!

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts Ingredients
I tried to resist because, well, I don’t want you guys to think that I have to add caramelized onions to everything I make. (Note: of course I have to add caramelized onions to everything I make, because caramelized onions are delicious.) I wanted to do something different! But then as I was getting ready to make this, I realized that we had an extra onion sitting all lonely and sad on the countertop. I mean, obviously, the universe was talking to me right there. If the universe wants me to put caramelized onions on a pizza, I can’t say no, right?

Apple Cheddar Pizza [Uncooked]
So yeah, it’s another recipe with caramelized onions. I guess if you’re not a fan of them, you’re going to have to go read another vegetarian food blog.

Now, caramelizing the onions adds some extra time to making this, so if you want to omit them, you can. But you can also make the onions in advance. (I have a handy tutorial on how to caramelize onions on my blog too!) You can make a big batch of them over the weekend when you have more time and then plan a few meals that use them for throughout the week–they’ll last about 5-6 days in the fridge, so it works out perfectly.

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts
So with a prepared pizza crust and your batch of pre-made caramelized onions, this pizza makes for a really quick dinner. Saute the apples, throw everything on the crust, bake it and you’ve got a delicious sweet-and-savory apple cheddar pizza in about 20 minutes.

Apple Cheddar Pizza Recipe

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Walnuts

A sweet-and-savory pizza topped with maple-sauteed apples, caramelized onions, aged cheddar and walnuts.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 4 -6 servings


  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion thinly sliced
  • salt + pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 apple cored and thinly sliced (Braeburn, Fuji, or Honeycrisp work well)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 large prepared pizza crust
  • 1 c. shredded aged cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over low heat. Add onion and cook until caramelized, stirring every 5 minutes or so at first and then, as the onions begin to brown, more frequently. This could take from 30 minutes to over an hour, depending on your stove. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  • Preheat oven to temperature indicated on pizza crust package.
  • Wipe skillet clean; add butter and melt over medium heat. Once butter has melted, add apple slices and saute for about 10 minutes, or until softened, stirring frequently. Stir in maple syrup and continue cooking until liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat.
  • Top pizza crust with caramelized onions, shredded cheese, apples, and walnuts. Bake for time indicated on package or until cheese has melted.


Make the caramelized onions in advance to shorten the cook time. If the instructions on your pizza crust indicate that it should be baked at a higher temperature than 375 degrees or for longer than 10 minutes, toast walnuts separately and add them to pizza after it's finished baking.
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  • Reply
    Courtney Rae Jones
    December 2, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    Caramelized onions are delicious and should be added to everything 🙂

    I think I might make this for my family as an appetizer for our vegetarian christmas dinner. I know my dad would LOVE it. Awesome recipe, thank you! xo

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      December 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      For Christmas?! That is pressure! I hope it turns out well, or I’ll feel really bad. 😉

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    December 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    I definitely have to try this! As it is every autumn, I’m up to my neck in apples (like five kinds of them), onions, and walnuts – pros of having two gardens – or cons – since after a while you don’t know what to do with them, because there is too much! So I think this may be very useful recipe;)

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      December 3, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      You have apple trees? FIVE KINDS of apple trees?! Oh, I am jealous. 🙂 I keep trying to convince my husband that we need an apple tree in the backyard. (He is not yet convinced.)

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        December 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

        It’s in the oven:) Smells delicious! About apple trees: It’s definitely worth it! Juice extractor or another such “thingy” and you can do almost everything: juices, smoothies, cookies, pastries. Everything. We have too much, but I think that having one small apple tree would be great for you (all – husband included:)

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    December 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Made this tonight and it was really good! I used your method for carmelizing onions and it really tested my patience, but they turned out really well!! I have lots of leftovers to look forward to!! Thanks for a great recipe!

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      December 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Yes, it does take a little bit of patience to caramelize those onions! 😀 But I’m glad it was worth it!

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    heather @ heatheromade
    May 7, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    you’re speaking my language. i think you’ll like/love this one that i make… it of course has caramelized onions – yummm

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      May 8, 2013 at 7:46 pm

      Ooh, that looks GOOD. I love naan pizza!

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    May 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Made this last night. All I can say is yummm! nom nom nom
    I mean how can you go wrong with caramelized onions, apples and cheese? You can’t!

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      May 22, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      You really can’t, can you? 🙂 Glad it was a success!

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    October 26, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I made this tonight, using your caramelized onion post as well. Utterly perfect!! I won so many brownie points!!

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      October 27, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! 😀

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    October 31, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I can’t believe how good this was!!! I had extra old smoked cheddar I threw on top…no maple syrup but I had coconut palm sugar…an earthy flavor to resemble the maple syrup I didn’t have. Amazingly good pizza….I will try it again on naan bread….to prevent myself from eating an entire pizza…..because it is that good! Paired with some white wine would have been wonderful. I think some moist turkey meat shreds would also go very well with the flavors….good-bye leftover turkey dinner…(kidding)….but this will be a great addition! Yum!

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      November 2, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Ha! I love doing pizzas on naan too. Portion control is a good thing. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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    December 4, 2013 at 7:57 am

    This sounds delicious! Does this pizza not require any sauce? And what kind of salad would make a good side? Thanks!

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      December 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Nope, you don’t need a sauce! 🙂 I think a kale salad on the side would be perfect–something with a light dressing, like a maple vinaigrette.

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    April 7, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Just found this recipe on Pinterest and made it yesterday. We absolutely loved it! Lucky for us we have enough stuff to make two so we can have it again this week. I love onions as well so I am totally on board with all the caramelized onions:) my husband was a little sceptical that there was no sauce on the pizza (he is weird) , but he ended up loving it. Thanks for giving us a new favorite recipe:)

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      Kiersten Frase
      April 9, 2014 at 3:01 pm

      I’m so happy to hear it was a hit–even without sauce! 🙂

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    February 23, 2015 at 11:42 am

    I found your 50 Vegetarian Pizza post and landed on this gem!! You have totally made my day… my whole life!!!! Your pictures are beautiful and your ideas are GRAND. I can’t wait to try every single one… lol. I’m addicted to pizza and since I’m only a 6mo old vegetarian, I’m in dire need of beautiful ideas like this!! <3


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    June 24, 2018 at 2:03 am

    5 stars
    It works really well for me

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