Apple Cheddar Quesadillas

As I mentioned in my #10in10 update post yesterday, last week ended up being pretty busy for me.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a real big fan of cold food, especially in winter.  So, for me, the usual lunch salads and sandwiches aren’t usually too appealing.  Instead, when I’m busy, one of my go-to lunches is quesadillas.  This time, I decided to make a meatless quesadilla using some fresh apple slices instead!

If you’re trying to keep things light, consider using whole wheat tortillas for your quesadillas.  I really enjoyed the slightly nutty flavor of the whole wheat tortillas in these quesadillas, and the added fiber is always good.  Using a strong, flavorful cheese (like a sharp cheddar) allows you to add less cheese, getting the same flavor with less added fat.  Condiments like cranberry mustard also add a big flavor punch.  Just be cautious of the amount of sugar in your condiments!

My recipe for these quesadillas doesn’t really have measurements and quantities for each of the ingredients… You can really vary the amounts to your taste.  The amount of each ingredient you use will also vary based on the size of tortillas you use.

Apple Cheddar Quesadillas

  • Whole wheat tortillas (two per quesadilla)
  • Cranberry mustard
  • Thin apple slices
  • Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Extra virgin olive oil (small amount to coat the pan)

Preheat a grill pan with a panini press (or you can use a weighted sheet pan if you don’t have a panini press) over medium heat. Brush lightly with extra virgin olive oil.

To assemble the quesadillas, spread cranberry mustard on one tortilla.  Sprinkle with a small amount of cheddar cheese.  Arrange the apple slices on top of the cheese, and add another sprinkle of cheese.  Top with the second tortilla.

Grill the quesadilla on the grill pan, weighted down with the panini press.  Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crisp. Cut into wedges, and serve immediately.

34 Responses to Apple Cheddar Quesadillas

  1. I love apples and cheese together.. not sure why I haven’t ever thought to combine them for a quesadilla! Great idea.. going to make these next time I have tortillas.

  2. look great. I tend to flip flop of cold and hot foods in cold weather. I guess it depends on my mood. A quesadilla looks like a real good choice though. Yum!!!

  3. Apples and cheese are a great combination for a quesadilla. And the whole wheat tortilla makes for a perfectly healthy lunch. Love it!

  4. Oh wow, Jen — these look and sound amazing! :)

    And I just stocked up on cheddar this weekend at a local grocery store’s sale, so I’ll have to give them a try soon! Thanks for your creativity!

  5. Jen, that looks AMAZING. I love apple cheddar anything, and I love fruit in salads, sandwiches, etc. The suggestion of the cranberry mustard is amazing!

  6. Wow, this looks delicious, really like the combination of apples and cheese, will definitely try this quesadillas, although do not have cranberry mustard, so will make a substitution :-)

  7. Love, love, love a good quesadilla! And apples and cheddar are a winning combo. We like putting a bit of drained saurkraut in ours as well. Great with a side of soup too!

  8. Dear Jen,

    I did this recipe at home last week using some Spanish cheese, as it was the only one I had at home, it was amazing, truly tasty and smooth, from my point of view the Spanish cheese improved the whole thing, why don´t you just have a look at this website and let me know what do you think, I´m pretty sure you are going to like it.There are also some good recipes you may want to try.
    kind regards.

  9. We LOVE this recipe, but ever since saving it over a year ago, have never ever found cranberry mustard. It’s become kind of a joke between me and my fiance!