Kielbasa Apple Pretzel Pizza

Happy Monday y’all.  I’m not sure how it got to be the end of October, but here we are!  I haven’t been around this month, and I have a lot to say about why I haven’t been around, but I’ll get to that in another post coming up.  For now, I’m kind of in crazy-mode trying to play catch up on life and I’m all about quick and easy dinners for beautiful (and busy) fall nights.  This one caught my eye right away in a recent Martha Mag because hello- sausage and apple and cheddar and pretzel.  Yes please.

Kielbasa, Cheddar, and Apple Pizza

I had a feeling this would be more of a grown-up pizza so I made it for my husband and I, with back-up frozen burritos for my kidlets.  But then low and behold, my little kids scarfed up this pizza in no time flat and whined that there wasn’t more.  So you might be surprised that the unique flavor combo comes together in the most perfect way.

Apples and onions

You can certainly make your own pizza dough if you have time (find our recipe, here.) But if you want to make this super quick and easy, just grab some pre-made dough.  If you have a favorite pizza joint nearby, they often sell dough, and many grocery store bakeries (like Winco) will have fresh dough available for purchase.  If all else fails, and you still don’t want to make your own, just grab a tube of ready-made dough, like Pillsbury.  That’s actually what I’m using here!

You’ll stretch it out into a rectangle and then either fold over (like I did) or squish the dough in a way that creates a thicker border around the edges.  You’ll spread a layer of dijon mustard across the bottom of the dough (I was worried that might be too strong, but it was awesome).

Dijon on Crust

Now for the “pretzel” part.  To mimic a pretzel, brush the edges of the dough with egg wash and sprinkle with coarse salt (like kosher salt.)

Egg wash

Sprinkle on shredded cheese, sliced kielbasa, apples, onions and sage.

Prebaked German Pizza

Then drizzle with olive oil.  I used our Garlic Oil which is extra yummy on something like this.

garlic olive oil

The combination of sweet from the apples, sharpness from the cheese, tangy from the mustard, and savory from the kielbasa is a perfect party of flavors.

Pretzel Crust Pizza with kielbasa, cheddar, and apples


This would make a fun party dish or appetizer,

Sausage, Cheddar, and Apple Pizza from Our Best Bites

Or pair it with a big salad for a light dinner. Love quick and easy meals like this! #Winning.


Kielbasa Apple Pretzel Pizza

5 from 1 vote
Simple, easy pizza with the fall flavors of kielbasa, apples, cheddar.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • All-purpose flour for dusting
  • 1 pound pizza dough see note
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • pretzel salt or coarse salt or kosher salt for sprinkling
  • 4 ounces sharp cheddar grated
  • 10 ounces kielbasa cut on the bias into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 granny smith apple cored and cut into thin wedges
  • 1/2 small red onion cut into 1/4-inch wedges
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • , for drizzling


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees with the oven rack in the lower-third of oven (*If using a pre-packaged pizza dough, feel free to follow temperature on package). On a parchment lined baking sheet lightly dusted with flour, stretch dough into a 10x15-inch rectangle, with a 1-inch border of thicker dough. Brush entire surface inside border evenly with mustard. Brush border with egg, then sprinkle generously with salt. Sprinkle cheese over mustard. Scatter kielbasa, apple, onion, and sage evenly over cheese, then drizzle with oil.
  • Bake until crust is deep golden brown and center is set, about 20 minute; tent with foil if edges brown too quickly. Serve hot.


  • For a quick pizza crust, check your local grocer or even pizzeria for fresh dough. You may also find it in the freezer section of some grocery stores. If all else fails, and you don't want to make your own, grab a tube of pre-made dough, like Pillsbury (that's actually what I did!)
  • Or make your own, Here's our go-to recipe!


Serving: 4g
Author: Martha Stewart
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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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Questions & Reviews

  1. I made this last night and was intrigued but yet a little skeptical. It was delicious! I will definitely be making it again. Maybe even tonight since I have more dough in the fridge and more fresh sage that needs to be used…

  2. I tried this last night and it was delicious! I pre-baked the crust for about 5 minutes, and left off the sage (I didn’t feel like going out in the rain to pick it out of the garden). My kids loved it! Definitely in the fall rotation!

  3. Love the idea of apple on a pizza! Pineapple works, so why not apple 🙂 perfectly autumnal!

  4. What does it mean to bake until the cotton is set? Are you referring to the cheese and Spell-Check is playing tricks on you or is it a a cooking term I’m not familiar with?

    1. Lol- spell-check! I’m trying to think of what it should have said now, lol! Must be “center” 🙂

  5. This looks so good. My kids have proven to be extremely open minded with pizza toppings and will try anything. I’m hoping they’ll like this, too!