Kick off the summer with this Grilled Sausage & Apple Pizza with Goat Cheese that combines your favorite sweet and savory flavors into one delicious meal!
This post is sponsored by Aidells Sausage Company, Inc. All comments and opinions are my own.
Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year which means it’s officially GRILLING season! Our grill is always in constant use during the spring/summer months because it’s just so easy to use with little clean-up and I don’t know about you, but everything just tastes so much better coming off of the grill! Not only can you grill chicken, fish, steak, kabobs, I mean you name it, but guys, grilling pizza might just be the best thing you do all season.
One of my favorite things to do in the summer is host events in our backyard and since building our home last year, having friends and family over has been the best part of our move! If you follow me on Instagram then you know how I love to throw a good party and with that comes making delicious food! Grilling is essential for an outdoor gathering and it’s nice to mix things up sometimes. Instead of serving up the usual summer favorites, having your guests make their own personal pizzas can be way more fun!
When deciding on pizza toppings I am ALL about flavor combinations which is why I knew I needed Aidells® Dinner Sausage on my pizza. I’ve been a huge fan of Aidells sausage links for quite a while now not only because they are crafted in small batches using the highest quality of meats and all-natural ingredients, but they are also made with no added hormones or nitrites so you can really feel good about what you are eating!
Aidells carries several delicious products all with unexpected flavor combinations such as bacon mushroom swiss, sun dried tomato with mozzarella, Cajun style andouille and even habanero with pepper jack cheese. For this particular recipe I used Aidells smoked chicken and apple sausage links that contain their trademark spice blend along with delicious chunks of apple in every bite!
As you can see above, for a limited time, each package of Aidells sausage links currently has a sticker containing a unique summer recipe so make sure to look for that on the packaging the next time you’re at the store!
To really bring out that apple flavor in this sausage, I topped each pizza with some fresh apple slices along with goat cheese, baby arugula and finished it off with a drizzle of sweet honey vinaigrette. If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, feel free to use some gorgonzola (which tastes delicious with apples!), burrata or really any cheese you prefer. This pizza turned out incredible and was the perfect sweet and savory combination!
If you’re making pizza at a backyard cookout or even on a camping trip, it’s important that you pre-chop all of your toppings ahead of time. I pre-sliced all the apples and put each of the toppings into individual containers so that assembly would be nice and easy for everyone! We grilled the chicken sausage right there on the grill and sliced it up right before adding it to the pizzas.
To make the honey vinaigrette, I whisked together a little olive oil, some honey, Dijon mustard and fresh lemon juice and drizzled it over top of the pizza and arugula which really gave the pizza a sweet, fresh taste! If you have any extra dressing left over, make sure to save it because it tastes great on salads too. I actually make this vinaigrette a lot which is why I wanted to use it on this pizza. A definite tried and true dressing that just tastes delicious on everything!
Now if you thought that was easy to make, grilling the actual pizza is even easier! To keep things simple we used naan flatbreads that were brushed with a little olive oil. Naan crisps up so nicely on the grill and is the perfect size for individual pizzas. The key though to a good grilled pizza is placing the toppings on the pizza while it sits on the grill! You’ll want to grill the naan first before adding any toppings, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until you see some nice char marks and this is also a good time to go ahead and cook your sausage. Then once the naan is ready, just add your cooked sausage, apple slices and goat cheese grilling for an additional 4 to 6 minutes until the cheese is nice and gooey! Easy right??
This pizza is definitely a new summer favorite and one I can really enjoy eating because of all the fresh flavors and quality ingredients. I purchased all of these ingredients at my local Safeway. You can easily find your closest Safeway store on their store finder here! Safeway offers tons of delicious summer recipe inspiration so make sure to check them out!
So whether you’re hosting a backyard party or planning a fun camping trip with friends, this grilled pizza with sausage, apple and goat cheese is sure to be a winner with your family this summer! Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!
- 4 whole grain naan flatbreads
- 2 Tbsp olive oil, for brushing
- 1 (12 oz) package Aidells Chicken & Apple Sausage
- 2 cups thinly sliced apples (I used Fuji)
- 8 oz goat cheese
- 2 cups baby arugula
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1½ tsp. honey
- 2 tsp. dijon mustard
- 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.
- Brush each naan flatbread on both sides with olive oil and place on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until you see some char marks.
- While the naan is grilling, cook the sausages for 8 to 10 minutes until heated through, turning occasionally. Remove from grill and cut into ½-inch slices.
- When the naan is ready, top with goat cheese (2 oz on each flatbread), apple slices and chicken sausage and grill for an additional 4 to 6 minutes until cheese is slightly melted.
- To make the honey vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, honey, dijon mustard and lemon juice and set aside.
- Remove pizzas from the grill, top with fresh arugula and drizzle each with honey vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
For more recipe inspiration, check out this delicious Grilled Chicken Sausage with Pears recipe from Safeway!