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Apple and Gouda Quesadillas

Fall has officially shown up here in Indiana!  Our markets are already chock full of squashes,  pumpkins, and apples. We’re not quite ready to cut over to squash yet — especially since we know they will be in full force all winter long!  However, we’re excited to ease into the cooler weather with some apples.

The other day we brainstormed a long list of apple recipes to get the season started — and several worked out. We’ll be sharing them over the next few weeks. First up — apple quesadillas!

Since we’re a bit better with developing recipes on the savory side, we thought we’d start with a winning savory and sweet combination — apples and cheese. We loved the smokey gouda with the sweet tartness of the apple in this variation on a quesadilla. We enjoyed it as a delicious fall lunch.

What apple recipes are you looking at? Any ideas for a healthy-ish apple dessert we could try?

More Recipes with Apples
Apple Cranberry Sage Bites
Apple and Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette
Cabbage and Apples
Easy Homemade Apple Sauce
Roasted Cauliflower with Apple and Dill

Apple and Gouda Quesadillas
Serves: 1 quesadilla (multiply as desired)
What You Need
  • ½ cup shredded smoked gouda cheese (or aged cheddar)
  • ½ firm apple (we used Jonathon)
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 2 tortillas
What To Do
  1. Thinly slice ½ apple. Grate ½ cup cheese. Pull the thyme leaves off of the stem.
  2. On a plate, place a tortilla. Sprinkle with ¼ cup cheese, then lay the apple slices on top. Top with another ¼ cup cheese, the thyme leaves, and a pinch of kosher salt.
  3. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Place the loaded tortilla on the griddle and place another tortilla on top. Cook until browned on the bottom, then flip and cook until browned on the other side (a few minutes per side).
  4. Remove the tortilla and cut into wedges with a pizza cutter. If making several quesadillas at once, keep them warm in a 300°F oven.


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  • Reply
    September 24, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Apple + melted cheese is one of the best combos! I bet the crispiness of the tortilla adds a whole new level of deliciousness.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    These sound lovely! And I LOVE the new site design!

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    Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper
    September 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve always been really skeptical about the combination of apples and cheese, but I may just have to give it a try!

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    September 25, 2012 at 5:16 am

    This is such a delicious combination of flavours; a perfect way to celebrate fall.

    PS love the new site design!

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    September 25, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Love apple and gouda together ~ must make these asap!

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    Diana @ Eating Made Easy
    September 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Sweet and savory!

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    October 10, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    I am currently living in France for a year and had a hard time finding tortillas (the grocery store was out of stock!), so we subbed in crepes instead! It was amazing and I highly recommend it.

    The second time, I used gouda with cumin instead of plain gouda (I was feeling crazy at the market), and made it into a grilled cheese. It was the most incredible grilled cheese I’ve ever had.

    The apple/gouda/thyme combination is so creative and delicious! Thank you for sharing :)

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      October 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

      The cumin flavor sounds awesome; and crepes is a great idea. Glad you enjoyed it!

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    January 29, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for the recipe, it was really good !

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