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Mini Caramelized Fennel & Apple Pizzas with Spicy Honey

Mini Caramelized Fennel & Apple Pizzas with Spicy Honey


  • Author: Molly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

Description

These mini white pizzas are elevated with caramelized fennel, honeycrisp apples, and a spicy honey drizzle. They are easy to make and very impressive to serve.


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Ingredients

For the Fennel:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 head of fennel, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly slices
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the Honey:

  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, sliced

For the Pizza:

  • 1 (1-lb) ball of pizza dough
  • Flour, for rolling out the dough
  • Cornmeal, for prepping the dough
  • Olive oil, for brushing on the dough
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

For the Fennel:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and add the fennel and onion. Add the salt and toss to coat. Cook for a few minutes or until the fennel and onion begin to soften. Add in the sugar.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the fennel and onion are soft and beginning to caramelize. Season, to taste, with additional salt and fresh black pepper. Set aside.

For the Honey:

  1. While the fennel is cooking, add the honey to a small saucepan and set it over medium-low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer. Add in the jalapenos and cook for a few minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and allow to cool slightly. The peppers will steep in the honey as it cools.

For the Pizza:

  1. While the fennel and honey are cooking, preheat the oven to 475°F and place a pizza stone on the middle rack to preheat (alternatively, place a large baking sheet in the oven once it has heated to 475°F.
  2. Roll the dough out on a floured surface until it is roughly ¼-inch thick. Using a large round biscuit cutter, cut out small rounds of the dough.
  3. Line a pizza peel with parchment paper and sprinkle the paper with cornmeal. Gently transfer each pizza dough round to the pizza peel, leaving a little room in between each one.
  4. Brush each pizza dough round with olive oil and then sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese. Top the cheese with the cooked fennel mixture and few slices of apple.
  5. Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over top and season everything with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer the parchment paper to your pizza stone (or hot baking sheet) in the oven. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until the dough is cooked through and the toppings are golden and bubbly.
  7. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the spicy honey. Serve immediately while warm.

Notes

  • You can also make this as one large pizza. The process is the same; just skip cutting the dough into small circles. You may need to add a couple minutes of baking time if doing one large pizza.
  • I like to store any leftover honey in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for a couple weeks. It is wonderful on cheese boards!
  • Speaking of cheese, you can switch them up for the pizzas. I keep things simple with mozzarella and parmesan, but fontina, gouda, and even blue cheese would be fantastic with these flavors.
  • Category: pizza

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