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.

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34 Responses to Apple Cheddar Quesadillas
  1. alice
    January 18, 2010 | 4:07 pm

    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. maria
    January 18, 2010 | 4:14 pm

    Great lunch! I love apples in everything and anything!

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    January 18, 2010 | 4:44 pm

    LOVE these flavors together!! I always eat cheese and apples. :)

  4. jenn
    January 18, 2010 | 5:38 pm

    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!!!

  5. Fuji Mama
    January 18, 2010 | 10:25 pm

    I absolutely love the idea of adding apples!

  6. Kathleen
    January 19, 2010 | 2:23 am

    Wow this sounds tooo wonderful!!!

  7. The Teacher Cooks
    January 19, 2010 | 8:37 am

    I have never used apples in quesadillas before. It does look quite tasty.

  8. Jennifer (Savor)
    January 19, 2010 | 9:27 am

    LOVE this my dear. You know I am all about incorporting extra nutrition whereever you can. :)

  9. alwayswinner786
    January 19, 2010 | 10:44 am

    Apple Cheddar Quesadillas is so delicious.I have never tried it this way. Great!
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  10. Kelly @ EvilShenanigans
    January 19, 2010 | 10:48 am

    I make something similar, but I use brie cheese and it is DELISH! Your quesadilla looks very yummy. I love apples and cheese.

  11. Juls @ Juls' Kitchen
    January 19, 2010 | 10:54 am

    what a great idea! we usually use pear with cheese, but apple sounds fantastic!

  12. incrediblecrunchyflavor
    January 19, 2010 | 11:06 am

    i have a tummy bug and haven’t eaten in 24 hours, but these actually look good to me right now! maybe i’m getting better…

  13. Eliana
    January 19, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    YUM-O Jen. Wish I had this for lunch instead of my boring sandwich.

  14. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie
    January 19, 2010 | 2:27 pm

    A delicious idea, this would be perfect for my daughter and I for our light dinner tonight!

  15. Nutmeg Nanny
    January 19, 2010 | 4:46 pm

    What a delicious meal! I need to eat healthier and this a great recipe for a nice quick lunch :)

  16. Jessica
    January 19, 2010 | 6:36 pm

    Looks like a lovely light way to enjoy some cheesy goodness! I love quesadillas and this is certainly a guilt-free version.

  17. Danielle
    January 19, 2010 | 8:09 pm

    What a perfect lunch. Going to have to remember this the next time I get hungry!
    Thanks!

  18. Mags
    January 19, 2010 | 8:14 pm

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

  19. SoCal Sustenance
    January 19, 2010 | 10:18 pm

    This sounds so, so great. I want one right now. I have nothing more to say :)

  20. Megan
    January 19, 2010 | 11:10 pm

    this sounds delicious-what a fun way to change up quesadillas! I’ll definitely be trying this out soon :)

  21. ali @ gimme some oven
    January 20, 2010 | 12:00 am

    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!

  22. Diana@Spain in Iowa
    January 20, 2010 | 11:35 am

    Jen, This looks wonderful. This would be a perfect lunch for my kids and I. Thanks!!

  23. megan
    January 20, 2010 | 11:55 am

    I never thought about apples in a quesadilla! Great idea, I can’t wait to try it. We love quesadillas for a quick easy dinner

  24. Teanna
    January 20, 2010 | 12:22 pm

    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!

  25. Juliana
    January 20, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    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 :-)

  26. Sophie
    January 20, 2010 | 3:24 pm

    A georgous & very inviting dinner!

    Yummie!

  27. Cheryl
    January 20, 2010 | 8:43 pm

    I love quesadillas, and this sounds amazing! Where do you find such a mustard?

  28. lo
    January 21, 2010 | 12:00 pm

    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!

  29. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    January 21, 2010 | 9:06 pm

    Awesome – love any type of quesadillas and these look like a nice change from the regular ones!

  30. zinerim
    February 26, 2010 | 11:23 am

    yum, so delicious, seems to be tasty!

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  32. Ana Fernández
    November 4, 2011 | 6:55 am

    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.
    Ana

    http://www.asturiascheese.com/spanish-cheese

  33. Allison
    February 25, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    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!

    • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction
      February 25, 2013 | 5:07 pm

      Hi, Allison – If you really want the cranberry mustard, check around any stores that carry Hickory Farms products. That’s what mine was. You’ll also find some on Amazon.com. Glad you like the recipe!

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