Posted by: kriscdub | October 7, 2009

My College Essential: Cheap, Delicious, (Caramelized Onion Apple)Pizza.


I know this sounds a little weird. I thought so too at first. But one day this summer I was laying around after work, facing the inevitable “What should I make for dinner?” dilemma. It was about time to go grocery shopping, but I had some onions, some shredded chicken, tortillas, and cheese. I was really craving caramelized onions, but I wasn’t about to just eat a bowl of them. At this point, my housemate Adam would do just that, but I decided to throw everything together. I was expecting the result to be edible, but nothing spectacular. Then I bit into this crispy, sweet and savory pizza and my eyes nearly rolled back with joy. This is now my favorite meal to make at school because it’s so easy. The onions take a bit, but other than that it’s also very quick, with next to no prep. I generally just sit down and do some homework while the onions cook.

By the way, the first time I put shredded chicken on this, but I haven’t the past several times, not for any real reason. I just haven’t made more shredded chicken recently. It’s a nice, but totally optional, addition.

Your ingredients:


There are four of them. That’s all you need for greatness.

Chop up your onion and toss it in a frying pan with a bit of butter or olive oil. I tend to use butter, because butter is a way of life. Butter is a commitment. Butter is forever. That is butter, right?

Anyway, fry them midway between low and medium heat, stirring occasionally. I generally use about half the onion for one pizza. It’ll look like a lot, but I’m always surprised how much they reduce.


Speaking of onions, I hated them when I was a kid. And by “when I was a kid,” I mean “until last year.” Then I discovered caramelized onions and I never turned back. Oh god, they’re amazing.

While the onion is caramelizing, very thinly slice your apple. Here I’m using honeycrisp because they’re in season and I can’t get enough of them, but I also love granny smiths on this. I’m sure any apple will do, but I like the tart bite of the smiths. There’s no hurry here, since caramelizing the onions takes around 20 minutes, give or take. I have no concept of time. While you’re waiting, impatiently eat half of the apple.


Oh baby, there they are. Just the scent of these brings my housemate Adam running. Then I give him a piece of apple and shoo him away.

DSC_0026They can get a little browner than this, but usually I get impatient.

Now the assembly. Layer the onions, then apples, then cheese on the tortilla:








Bake it at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese puffs up and browns a bit on top. Then slice it up and try not to burn yourself as you gobble this monstrosity down.  Because you will gobble. Oh, will you gobble. I just ate one and I already want another.


Caramelized Onion Apple Pizza

Recipe by me! Yay!

Half a large onion, sliced

Butter or olive oil

Half a large apple, preferably granny smith, sliced thin

1 large flour tortilla

Shredded cheese, Italian Blend, Mozzarella, or whatever you have lying around

Fry the onions in butter or oil over medium low heat until caramelized, about 20 minutes. On a cookie sheet, layer caramelized onions, sliced apples, and cheese on tortilla. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.



  1. this is your second savory recipe featuring apples. put up more– savory apples rule

  2. Kalamata olives….

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