My name is Zaza, and this is my dog, Pecorino. Together we are on a mission to make THE PERFECT PIE!

Zaza's Perfect Harvest Apple and Gouda Pie

Zaza's Perfect Harvest Apple and Gouda Pie


Makes 4-5 personal sized pizzas (8-10″ inches)


4-5 rounds pizza dough (homemade or store-bought)

2-3 ripe apples, sliced thinly (you can use any kind. I like honey crisp)

1 lb aged Gouda cheese, shaved or grated

a drizzle of maple per pie

chopped, fresh thyme (as much as you’d like)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil for drizzling

Sea salt – just the tiniest pinch per pie, as Pecorino is a salty cheese

Optional: 1 lb cooked sausage or  4-5 slices of cooked bacon


Heat the oven to 500°F. If using a pizza stone, allow the stone to heat up along with the oven for a half hour before baking on it.

Prepare your meat, if you’re using any.

For sausage:

Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Remove the sausage from the casings and crumble it into the skillet.

Sauté until cooked through, breaking the crumbles into smaller pieces as you cook, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove to a bowl and set aside.

For Bacon:

Line a microwave-safe plate with paper towels. Place 4-5 slices of bacon on the towels, leaving space between each slice. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, until the bacon is cooked but not too crispy (it will cook again the oven).

Allow the bacon to cool and slice it into small pieces.

Stretch out your dough on a flour-dusted peel to about 8-10” in diameter. Distribute the sliced apples evenly on the top of the dough.

Scatter the Gouda cheese on top of the apples.

Drizzle with maple syrup. Don’t overload it, just the thinnest ribbon of syrup. I actually use a ketchup squeezy bottle so I can control the amount.

Now drizzle a bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and season with just a pinch salt.

Apply as much fresh thyme as you’d like.

If you’re using sausage or bacon, scatter that over the top now.

Slide your pizza onto the stone in the oven and bake for 8-10minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy! 

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