Autumn Leaves Sweet & Savory Panini Pizza

Kelly Williams


This was my first entry in a pizza contest that came out phenominal! You had to use certain products and one was a premade pizza crust that came in 2 sizes. I saw the smaller size (8") that came in a package of two and hoped that it would fit on my panini maker for an idea I had. It fit with a teensy room to spare!! It was incredibly good and will make this concoction over and over! Slice into smaller slices for appies!(Ciabatta or focaccia can be used, too.) Recipe and photo by me.

★★★★★ 1 vote
15 Min
20 Min


1/3 lb
mild ground italian sausage, i always use johnsonville
1 pkg
(10 oz.) boboli 2 mini 8" pizza crusts
strips bacon, cut into very small pieces
2 Tbsp
small onion, very thinly sliced
large red delicious apple, cored and very thinly sliced
large pitted dates, chopped
oz. cream cheese, very soft
1 Tbsp
grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp
crumbled blue cheese
rounded tbl. chopped pecans
1/2 c
shredded mozzarella, divided
1 tsp
maple syrup, plus more for dipping if desired
1 Tbsp


1In small frying pan, saute sausage and bacon til done. Remove with a slotted spoon to papertowel-lined plate to cool. In small saute pan, melt butter, add onions and apples, and saute for 5 minutes. Set aside. In small bowl, mix softened cream cheese and parmesan cheese well. Turn panini maker to 300 degrees and preheat. To assemble: Spread plain sides of Boboli crusts (one side each) evenly with cream cheese mixture. Set one aside. Sprinkle other one with mozzarella cheese, then sausage and bacon, apple slices and onion, chopped dates, blue cheese, and chopped pecans. Finely and evenly drizzle with maple syrup. Top with second 1/4 cup mozzarella. Top with other pizza crust cream cheese-side down. Press lightly. Brush top with olive oil and carefully flip over using both hands pressing it together. Place oiled-side down onto hot panini maker. Brush top with olive oil and close lid pressing a little. Grill for 8-10 minutes or to desired doneness. Remove with sturdy spatula to cutting board. Slice with a very sharp knife into desired pieces like a pizza. (Cut in half, then into triangles.) Serve immediately with warm maple syrup for dipping if desired. Enjoy!!