Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza represents a glorious moment of redemption when the band geek dates the homecoming queen.

Beet Apple Pizza with CheddarI have a deep affection for vegetables that were made fun of in middle school. Not to bring up my childhood (but to bring up my childhood), my full-forehead bangs, braces/glasses duo, and 12-year-old-boyish figure put me in the metaphorical clarinet section, not the cheerleading squad.

“Beet

Apple Cheddar Pizza with Beets and RosemarySince those days, I’ve matured. No longer an uncomfortable little nerd, I’m now a giant nerd at peace with her inner geekdom. I dropped the bangs, kept the boyish figure (or rather nature did, but I’m rolling with it), and have come to realize that what others viewed as an unattractive vegetable was actually a sweet, nutritious, and tasty pizza topping.

Oops. We’ve transitioned to talking about beets now.

Apple Pizza with Beets and CheddarI hated beets for years, mostly because the only way I’d experienced them was out of a can (still a bad choice). Little did I suspect that, when freshly sliced and layered with sweet apples, sharp white cheddar cheese, and fresh rosemary, beets would be the key ingredient in a sweet and savory pizza that even my beet-bashing husband would enjoy.

I can’t take credit for the complementary flavor magic that occurs when beets, apples, and cheddar are layered atop carbs—for that I owe Martha Stewart and my mother. Over Thanksgiving, my mom made these incredible Beet Apple and Cheddar Puff Pastry Tarts at Thanksgiving, and I simply couldn’t shove enough into my face in between all of the turkey and whiskey glazed sweet potatoes to take full advantage.

Apple Cheddar Pizza with BeetsI needed the beet/apple/cheddar combo back in my life, but since the recent puff pastry intake around here has been moderately alarming (reference: Cranberry Baked Brie Puff Pastry Bites; Cheesy Mushroom Puff Pastry Bites), I wanted to find a different way to serve the ingredients. The answer: pizza.

Apple Beet and Cheddar PizzaYes beets, you can kiss your trivia-bowl days good bye—today, you are hanging with pizza, the most popular kid in the class.

I’m beginning to suspect the universe has destined me to vindicate unpopular vegetables through pizza, and I’m not one to argue with cosmic will.

Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza  joins the ranks of Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Bacon Pizza and Spicy Turkey Leek Asparagus Pizza, proving that even most suspect of veggies can be made desirable when served on top of crust with cheese.

I brushed my favorite easy weeknight whole wheat pizza crust with olive oil to make it crisp and golden. The beets, apples, and rosemary are earthy and sweet against the sharp, bubbly cheddar. This Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza is completely satisfying as a vegetarian main dish, though if you should choose to add bacon, I won’t stop you.

Cheddar Apple Beet Pizza with RosemaryThis recipe is also relatively quick to pull together, because none of the toppings need to be cooked prior to topping the pizza crust. A thin slicing of the beets and apples ensures they soften in the oven, a task best accomplished with a good, sharp knife, such as the WÜSTHOF ones I’m giving away as the final prize in my 12 Days of Giveaways holiday series.

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Happy holidays, and please save me a spot at the lunch table. I’m bringing Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza , and if you promise not to make fun of my bangs (or have chocolate), I might just share a slice.

Beet Apple Pizza with Cheddar

Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza

5 from 1 vote
Thinly sliced beets, apples, and sharp cheddar cheese create a sweet and savory homemade pizza that's beautiful, healthy, and delicious.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 12 mins
Total: 35 mins

Servings: 1 11x14-inch pizza

Ingredients
  

  • Weeknight Whole Wheat Pizza Crust  or your favorite pizza dough recipe enough to yield 1 11x14-inch pizza
  • Extra virgin olive oil for brushing pizza
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 2 small sweet apples such as Gala, Honeycrisp, or Fuji, cored and thinly sliced, peel on
  • 2 small beets scrubbed, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Prepare Weeknight Whole Wheat Pizza Crust according to recipe directions. You will only need 1 crust, so feel free to half the recipe or freeze the second half for a later time.
  • Place a rack in the upper third of theoven and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 11x14-inch rectangle, working from the center. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet, then brush the its entire surface liberally with olive oil. Sprinkle with half of the cheese, then top with apple slices. Tuck the beet slices between the apples, then top with remaining cheese. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle rosemary over the top.
  • Bake pizza until the crust is crisp and golden, about 12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 3 minutes. Slice and serve.

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  1. I’m excited to make spritz cookies. They’re so pretty and delicate, and they make my cookie platter more beautiful.

  2. Interesting combo. I like beets, but never thought of them paired with cheese. I have faith in your pairings, so why not?

  3. I would love to try the Beet Cheddar Apple Pizza or the Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Bacon Pizza. I am a huge fan of beets and brussels sprouts but always have them plain. Time to spruce things up a bit!

  4. I think the only way I’ve had beets is beets from a can or pickled beets. Not a fan of either. But I think I could get behind fresh beets, especially if eating them on this pizza. Beautiful pizza, Erin!

  5. I am back… and completely obsessed with your blog. I am writing vegetarian recipe round ups on my blog in 2018 (to encourage people to try meatless monday- everyone has to start somewhere) and would love to feature you. You can check out my blog (for beginner environmentalists) at sunshineguerrilla.com. Is it alright if I share this link to your recipe?

  6. I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! My dough was covered with just one beet, an apple and a quarter, and I only had orange cheddar cheese but it worked out just fine. Aside from the superb flavour this was really easy to pull together and for that I think it would make a great dinner party meal. I served mine with a simple cashew/avocado green salad. Scrumptious! 5 stars

    1. Gabrielle, I am so happy to hear how much you enjoyed this! It’s so different and one of my favorites. Thanks for trying the recipe and reporting back!

  7. I absolutely love your recipe! I am writing vegetarian recipe round ups on my blog in 2018 (to encourage people to try meatless monday- everyone has to start somewhere) and would love to feature you. You can check out my blog (for beginner environmentalists) at sunshineguerrilla.com. Is it alright if I share this link to your recipe?

    1. Hi Barbara, I’d love to be included, thank you! Please feel free to use one photo, with a direct link to the recipe. I ask that you include a direct recipe link (required), and a link to http://www.wellplated.com too. An easy way to do this is to put credit below the photo that says “by Erin Clarke of Well Plated”. I also ask that no part of the recipe ingredients or directions be reprinted. Thanks for sharing!

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