Caramelized Onion & Bacon Pizza

We’ve got a big day coming up this Sunday. Not that I care as much where neither of my teams made the cut – but quite a few of my friends are Broncos fans, so we’ll be rooting for them in our house. And, of course I never need an excuse to fill up our table with football-munchie related items.

So when the folks at Musselman’s asked me to share a game day recipe with you guys that featured their delicious apple butter, I couldn’t say no. We’re big fans of apple butter in this house – just by putting it on a simple peanut butter sandwich or toast, or incorporating into a recipe, it’s always a winner. I first got hooked on the stuff after receiving a jar from the husband of one of my best friends who is from Michigan. Their family cooks a huge batch every year and then shares it amongst themselves. It’s rich, fruity, and delicious – without being overly sweet. So, to be able to find a jar of a quality apple butter on the shelf at my local grocery store is wonderful, and like I said – we use it regularly.

So, this pizza. It’s definitely not your typical pizza…but, that’s a welcome change in my book. A crispy crust with a layer of apple butter as the sauce, that’s then topped with plenty of smoky gouda and sharp white cheddar, caramelized onions, and crispy bacon. Then right before serving you top it with a bit of baby arugula for a fresh, spicy kick. It was really delicious, and different. The slightly sweet sauce and onions mingled with the smokiness of the gouda and bacon was an absolutely perfect pairing.

Jon and I both really enjoyed it, and I was kind of shocked that the boys loved it too! I figured where it wasn’t your standard pizza, they wouldn’t be interested – but their little palettes continue to surprise me everyday! If you’re looking for something new to add to your Super Bowl munchie lineup, give this pizza a try!

Musselman’s has also generously offered to host a great giveaway for our readers! A gift package featuring a jar of apple butter with a few recipe cards for some ideas to get you kick-started on what to make with your jar, and also this fabulous Wilton Armetale Grillware Pizza Tray. Which, I can vouch for – has been wonderful. My pizza stone cracked last week (my second Pampered Chef stone to crack in 1 year!) so this couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It can go up to 1,000 degrees F, so is oven as well as grill safe! I’m looking forward to trying some grilled pizza recipes on this bad boy come spring.

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To enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite game day snack is! Contest will run from today through Februrary 2nd at 11:59 PM. Winner will be selected by that nifty Random Number Generator and contacted that Monday morning. Big thanks to Musselman’s for hosting such a great giveaway!

Source: adapted from Fork vs. Spoon via Musselman’s

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Congratulations to Morgan who said that she loves Bbq beef short ribs, buffalo chicken dip and bacon wrapped shrimp on game day. Those are some of my favorites too!

43 Comments

  1. Posted January 27, 2014 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    Too many favorites to list, but if I have to pick one, I’ll say crack dip. Or wings 🙂

  2. sarah ross
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

    Definitely wings!

  3. Michelle J.
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:18 AM | Permalink

    We love little smokies in BBQ sauce!

  4. Hannah
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 10:49 AM | Permalink

    Buffalo chicken dip or taco dip

  5. Michelle M.
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:08 AM | Permalink

    Cheese Straws, Cajun Boiled Peanuts, BBQ Kale Chips, Seven Layer Taco Dip…the list goes on and on. =^)

  6. Stacey
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    I love pretzel bites on game day!

  7. Jan
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:23 AM | Permalink

    My favorite game day snack is spicy chicken sliders.

  8. Shelia
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    7 layer dip and wings. Can’t wait to try this pizza out on book club.

  9. Sharon
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:38 AM | Permalink

    We love the Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders from your site and will be making those for game day this year!!

  10. terri
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM | Permalink

    I love an old recipe I got playing bunco years ago. “Crabbies” crab, old English cheese spread on an English muffin. They stand the test of time!

  11. Sabrina
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    I’ve made buffalo chicken ‘cupcakes’ and those were a hit. My house also loves good old buffalo chicken dip. We like spicy!

  12. Posted January 27, 2014 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Chips and dip and salsa are a must!

  13. Posted January 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM | Permalink

    I love Tostito’s lime chips with salsa!

  14. Missy
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 1:41 PM | Permalink

    Ribs and wings 🙂

  15. jill
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 2:47 PM | Permalink

    pepperoni rolls and jalapeno popper dip.

  16. Carol
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM | Permalink

    Queso is my absolute favorite but any yummy dip with chips would make me happy

  17. Chrissy M.
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM | Permalink

    Buffalo chicken dip for sure!

  18. Posted January 27, 2014 at 4:22 PM | Permalink

    My fave game day snack is buffalo chicken dip with fritos!

  19. Posted January 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    I’ll eat any kind of dip! YUM!

  20. hilary
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 6:18 PM | Permalink

    My favorite game day snack has got to be cheesy potato skins topped with guacamole!

  21. Amy Z.
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 7:23 PM | Permalink

    I love having buffalo wings!

  22. Janet T
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 7:46 PM | Permalink

    I like lemon muffins on game day!

  23. David
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:17 PM | Permalink

    I prefer hand held items that are not so messy that it interferes with watching the game or ruins my couch and carpet when a house guest is less than careful. I am usually limited to sandwiches and popcorn, but the messy snacks sound so much better.

  24. Jeanne L
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:22 PM | Permalink

    Loaded nachos are usually my favorite but after reading this recipe, I may have found a new one!

  25. susan gibson
    Posted January 27, 2014 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

    Wings for me!

  26. Susan Christy
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 12:10 AM | Permalink

    Jalapeno Popper Dip is my current favorite.

  27. Kimberly H
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM | Permalink

    I love a variety of dips!

  28. Kathy M
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 7:10 AM | Permalink

    Chili dogs and wings!

  29. Donna
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 10:02 AM | Permalink

    Ham & Cheese sliders and mac & Cheese !

  30. Kristina
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    Any kind of dip! Hot crab dip is the one I’m always asked to bring. Straight out a 1960’s cookbook and still a fave.

  31. Noelle D.
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    Wings AND Queso dip…I can’t choose just one!

  32. Posted January 28, 2014 at 2:58 PM | Permalink

    3 alarm chili with ranch nachos and shredded cheese.

  33. kassandra
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 3:24 PM | Permalink

    Meatballs slow cooked in a sweet asian chili sauce. Fried pickles are also another favorite with a buffalo ranch dipping sauce.

  34. Patti L B
    Posted January 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    Your pizza looks amazing can’t way to try it! Our favourite game day dish is a hot taco dip.

  35. Katherine McLean
    Posted January 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    That pizza looks divine… I’m going to have to whip some up soon. As for game day snacks, a good spinach artichoke dip with some fresh tortilla chips is always a favorite here.

  36. Julie
    Posted January 30, 2014 at 4:08 PM | Permalink

    buffalo chicken wings
    thanks for the giveaway

  37. Posted January 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    Wings, of course!

  38. Morgan
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM | Permalink

    Bbq beef short ribs, buffalo chicken dip and bacon wrapped shrimp!

  39. Patty Lippart
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 1:09 PM | Permalink

    My favorite snack is always pizza, along with meat & cheese tray.

  40. Katie B
    Posted January 31, 2014 at 10:18 PM | Permalink

    Chili! Even bought dried kidney beans to make first!

  41. Robin
    Posted February 1, 2014 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    Taco Dip, Meatballs, Wings.

  42. latanya
    Posted February 1, 2014 at 8:53 PM | Permalink

    finger sandwiches

  43. SandyK
    Posted February 3, 2014 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    Never mind the contest (which is over): this…was…amazing!!

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