Spiced Apple Quesadilla

Apple quesadilla, layered in a shingle pattern with apple slices peeking out

If you grew up on the west side of the US, you might be surprised to know that there are regions that put cheddar cheese on top of their apple pie. It sounds unusual, but it’s actually a pretty good way to get a sweet-salty balance of flavors.

That combination was a huge inspiration for this ✨quarantine recipe✨. Back in April (read: about 3 millennia ago), I was looking for a quick, healthy-ish lunch to eat between Zoom classes without spending all my money on delivery services, and these ingredients just so happened to be right there. It was a great way to break up the monotony of staring at my laptop all day.

This recipe is easy to multiply for a group, but it’s also perfect for a single quick lunch, too. The combination of the sweet apple, salty cheese, warm cinnamon, and the little kick from the chile powder will make your taste buds sing!


Spiced Apple Quesadillas

1/2 apple, cored and sliced thin (I like the sweetness in the Fuji apples best)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp chile powder

1 TBSP oil

1 wrap-size tortilla

1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Dust the apple slices evenly with the cinnamon and chile powder, then cook in a sauté pan with the oil over medium-low heat until tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Remove apples to a plate, then place tortilla in the pan and turn up the heat to medium. Sprinkle the cheese evenly in the tortilla, then place the apples on top. Fold it over when the cheese just begins to melt, and cook evenly on both sides until the cheese is completely melted. Remove from the heat, slice, and enjoy!

Serves 1.

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