Apple Brie Pizza has a combo of green apples, walnuts, Brie, honey, and arugula for a delicious combo of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors.
About Apple Brie Pizza
Not your normal pizza combo but wow, this brie apple pizza is AMAZING!
It has the perfect combo of rich flavors thanks to the walnuts and Brie, with a light and fresh feel thanks to the lemony arugula served on top.
Cut into squares or small slices to serve as an appetizer or starter at a fall or winter party. Or serve as a weeknight dinner.
Making Brie Apple Pizza is simple and quick. Layer ingredients on the pizza crust, bake and top with arugula tossed with lemon and oil. Drizzle with honey (and sprinkle with a little salt if you want) then enjoy!
You can make individual pizzas or one large pizza. And this works well with both prepared pizza crust as well as pizza dough. Even a sheet of puff pastry can be the base for this Apple Brie Pizza.
To level up this practically perfect combo, use hot honey to give an extra kick to your pizza. Or sprinkle with red pepper flakes before serving.
In general, the arugula-lemon-olive oil topping isn't completely mandatory, but the brightness it gives to this pizza is delicious. However, this brie and apple pizza will still be great if you leave off the arugula.
Pizza crust: For the base of the pizza, you'll need a large pizza crust or about 4 mini crusts. Thin crust is preferred. Pizza dough or a puff pastry sheet can also be used.
Mozzarella: A light layer of mozzarella on the base of the pizza crust helps the apple and walnuts stick to the pizza crust better. It's not completely mandatory but does help. Cheddar or extra Brie are other options.
Apples: This apple brie pizza is best with Granny Smith green apples because its tart flavor pairs well with brie, walnuts, and honey. Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Ambrosia apples are other options, but you might want to skip the honey since these apple varieties are sweeter.
Walnuts: The walnuts provide crunch and texture to the pizza. The walnuts get lightly toasted in the oven bringing out their nuttiness and richness, and they take this pizza to another level.
Brie: For this brie and apple pizza, you'll use mostly Brie as the cheese. If you want a cheesier pizza, use a little extra.
Arugula: To add a hint of peppery flavor and freshness along with some veggies, you'll top the pizza with arugula that's been tossed in olive oil and lemon juice.
Oil: Extra virgin olive oil is recommended because it has more flavor, but regular olive oil works.
Lemon: Fresh lemon juice gives the brightest flavor, yet you can use bottled lemon juice in a pinch. If you don't have lemon juice, orange juice or vinegar can be used.
Honey: For a finishing touch, drizzle a little honey onto the pizza or arugula. In a pinch, you can omit the honey, but it adds depth to the savory and tart brie apple pizza. If you want to level it up, use hot honey for a spicy-sweet combo.
Salt: This is optional, but sprinkle the arugula-covered brie and apple pizza if needed.
Cost of Recipe
- pizza crust 1 large: $4.68
- mozzarella cheese 1 ounce: $0.50
- green apples 2 medium: $1.06
- walnuts 1 ounce: $0.45
- Brie 4 ounces: $0.65
- arugula 3 ounces: $2.09
- olive oil 1 teaspoon: $0.08
- lemon ½ medium: $0.25
- honey 1 tablespoon: $0.28
TOTAL COST: $10.04 or $2.51/serving (Based on San Diego grocery stores 2022)
Note that this is not the recipe; it's simply to show the cost breakdown of ingredients. Be sure to scroll down to the full recipe to see the specific ingredients and directions.
How to Make Apple Brie Pizza
Time needed: 27 minutes.
Making Brie Apple Pizza is simple and ready in under 30 minutes. Here's how:
- Top pizza crust with a light layer of mozzarella.
- Evenly layer with apple slices.
Best if kept in one layer.
- Sprinkle with walnuts, and cover with sliced Brie.
- Toss together arugula, lemon juice, and olive oil.
- Top pizza with arugula, and enjoy!
Drizzle with honey and/or sprinkle with salt if desired.
Pizza crust: Pizza dough and puff pastry sheets are good alternatives for the pizza crust. Use about 16 ounces of pizza dough and prepare as directed. For puff pastry, use one sheet and prepare as directed.
Apple: Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, and Ambrosia apples are other options, but you might want to skip the honey since these apple varieties are sweeter.
Arugula: A mix of arugula and spinach or baby greens mix can be used in place of the arugula.
Lemon: In place of the lemon juice, add an equal amount of orange juice, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.
Honey: Highly recommend trying this with hot honey. You can also omit the honey if needed.
How to Make Allergy-Friendly
This brie apple pizza is already vegetarian, egg-free, and soy-free depending on the pizza crust. If you want it to be gluten-free, make sure you use a gluten-free pizza crust or pizza dough.
To be nut-free, substitute the walnuts for sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds. Or skip the nuts & seeds altogether.
How to Fix a Mistake
Not enough cheese: This isn't super cheesy, so if you want more cheese, feel free to add some extra mozzarella or Brie.
While you the apple brie pizza can technically be made in advance, it is best cooked right before serving.
If you want to prepare in advance, chop the walnuts and shred the cheese and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Because apples brown so quickly, wait until immediately before assembling the pizza to slice.
If you have leftovers, store the pizza and the arugula separately if possible. Keep in airtight containers in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Oven: Reheat the pizza in a 300°F oven until warm.
Microwave: place on a microwave-safe plate and microwave at 100% power for 1-2 minutes.
Skillet: for a crispier crust, place in a large dry skillet and heat over medium. Cook for about 3-5 minutes until warmed through.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you can leave off the honey, but it makes this brie apple pizza extra delicious.
You can skip the arugula (with the olive oil and lemon juice it's tossed with) if needed. The peppery, fresh flavor it gives to the pizza is wonderful but not completely mandatory.
What's great about this brie apple pizza is that it has a full serving of produce with both fruits and veggies thanks to the apples and arugula.
Thanks to the walnuts and Brie, this pizza has a richness to it without it being too heavy. And the cheese also provides the pizza with a satisfying amount of protein and a good course of calcium.
One serving of Apple Brie Pizza is an excellent source of iron which can sometimes be more challenging to get enough of in a vegetarian diet.
What to Serve with Apple and Brie Pizza
This apple brie pizza is very filling on its own for a lighter meal. It can also be served as an appetizer or starter if cut into smaller slices or squares.
If you want to add extra protein and richness, slice some prosciutto and add with the Brie for a crispy texture or add after baking the pizza for a creamier texture. Adding prosciutto will make it no longer vegetarian.
If you want extra veggies, double the amount of arugula and enjoy as a side salad.
This sweet-savory pizza will become a favorite, especially since it's flexible in the ingredients it uses as well as how it can be enjoyed.
Green apples, walnuts, and Brie are a magical combo especially when paired with sweet honey, peppery arugula, and bright lemon juice. And enjoying it as pizza form makes this a satisfying and substantial meal or appetizer.
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- Sweet Potato, Sausage, and Apple Lettuce Wraps
Apple Brie Pizza
- 1 pizza crust
- 1 ounce shredded mozzarella cheese about ¼ cup
- 2 medium green apples very thinly sliced, unpeeled
- 1 ounce chopped walnuts about ¼ cup
- 4 ounces Brie thinly sliced
- 4 cup baby arugula about 3 ounces
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 tablespoon honey optional
- pinch salt optional
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Sprinkle mozzarella on pizza crusts. Arrange apple slices on crust in one layer over mozzarella. Sprinkle each with walnuts. Top each pizza evenly with Brie.
- Transfer to oven and bake for 9-12 minutes, until crust is lightly browned and cheese is bubbling.
- Meanwhile, toss the arugula with olive oil and juice from ½ lemon. Set aside.
- When pizza is ready, drizzle with honey if using, top with arugula, cut into 8 slices and serve. Feel free to sprinkle with a touch of salt right before serving.
This post was originally published on November 16, 2012. Text, recipe, and photos have been updated.
Brie Apple Pizza Nutrition Facts
(including honey, not extra salt)