Easy Oktoberfest Style Pizza Recipe

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Easy Oktoberfest Pizza Recipe: Sausage, green apples gouda and arugula come together to make this delightfully delicious Pizza that your family will love!

This post is sponsored by Pillsbury, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

The Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest category winners have been revealed!  Did you submit a recipe? The four category winners will win a trip to New York and the grand prize winner will receive a kitchen makeover from GE Appliances, $50,000 in cash, and appear on an episode of The Kitchen, as well as in Food Network Magazine!

I just love quick and easy recipes.  Sure, it’s fun to try a new technique or make a from scratch recipe now and then, but for the most part, I like to stick with simple, quick and “semi-homemade” type recipes.  You know the ones I’m talking about…  Scrumptious cakes made with a boxed cake mix, tarts made with crescent rolls or even cookies made with a boxed brownie mix

The Pillsbury Bake-Off® Contest category winners have been revealed and no… I did not win with my Easy Tomato, Bacon, Avocado Galette recipe!

Even though I wasn’t a winner, I was inspired to recreate one of the winning recipes: either the Bejeweled Cranberry-Orange Rolls, Cookies and Cream Caramel Layer Bars, Easy Oktoberfest Pizza, or Toasted Spinach Pesto Ravioli.  Since I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting quick dinner ideas that I think my family would enjoy and we are fans of pizza, I opted for the Dinners with Heart category winner, Sarah Campbell’s Oktoberfest Pizza recipe.

This Easy Oktoberfest Pizza Recipe is especially easy; it starts out with a Package of refrigerated Pillsbury Pizza Crust Dough and a few other ingredients.

The flavors of Gouda cheese, sausage and Granny Smith apples come together to make this one yummy Oktoberfest-style  pizza!  The optional Arugula, with its bold peppery flavor, really made the pizza stand out.  (Kids picked it off of course, but I thought it was great, lol.)  

pizza with sausage, gouda and arugula

I love Sarah Campbell’s story behind this recipe: “I decided to add kielbasa (which I hated until recently) to the one food I love a lot and make a lot: pizza! It has been a hit with us ever since. But anytime I go for an extra slice my fiancé reminds me in his cute way that I don’t like kielbasa.”

We loved this recipe too and can’t wait to recreate the other winning recipes too!  Don’t forget to tune into The Kitchen  to see who the winner is on February 24th at 11 am ET/10am CST!

Official contest rules found here ==>> Contest rules.

Sausage pizza

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Easy Oktoberfest Pizza Recipe: Sausage, green apples gouda and arugula come together to make this delightfully delicious Pizza that your family will love!

Easy Oktoberfest Style Pizza Recipe


Easy Oktoberfest Pizza Recipe: Sausage, green apples gouda and arugula come together to make this delightfully delicious Pizza that your family will love!


  • 1 can (13.8 oz) PillsburyTM refrigerated classic pizza crust
  • 6 oz Polska-kielbasa sausage, cut into 1/2-inch diagonal slices
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 8 oz smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup arugula, if desired


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Lightly sprinkle 18×13-inch sheet pan or large cookie sheet with flour.
  2. Unroll pizza dough onto pan; press dough into 17×12-inch rectangle, forming thicker dough edges. Bake 6 to 8
    minutes or until just starting to brown.
  3. Meanwhile, in 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat 4 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no
    longer pink. Remove from skillet to plate; set aside.
  4. In same skillet, cook shallot over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp-tender. Remove from
  5. Evenly spread mustard over partially baked pizza crust to within 1/2 inch from edges. Sprinkle half of the cheese
    onto pizza crust. Top with sausage, apple slices, shallot and remaining cheese.
  6. Brush edges of crust with beaten egg; sprinkle lightly with salt.
  7. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until cheese is melted. To serve, top with arugula; cut into 8 slices.


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  1. OMG this looks delicious, I love the topping combination. I might have to substitute the Gauda forJarlsberg (a family favourite) but that would only be a subtle change.

    1. I’m not sure I’ve ever tried Jarlsberg. I’ll have to look at that one as the gouda can sometimes be pricey.