Sep 12
2012

Lunchtime Quesadilla Recipe with Smoked Turkey, Apples, Havarti Cheese & Arugula

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Lunchtime Quesadilla Recipe with Smoked Turkey, Apples, Havarti Cheese & Arugula

When I was a kid, I couldn’t stand munching away on a whole apple. Apple slices, lovingly cored and seeded by my mum, always tasted far better to me. It’s funny that my eldest son is the same, even though he now sees me happily munching away on whole crisp apples each autumn. Luckily, we all love apple recipes and tend to get a bit overzealous with making some of our favorites, such as The Family Crockpot Applesauce, Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans and Apple Upside-Down Biscuits.

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When we lived in New York City, and then New Jersey for a year, there was a little deli that my husband frequented in Denville, New Jersey. While neither of us remembers the name of the deli, their signature sandwich will always have a place in our memories. The Alpine Slide was a stack of smoked turkey breast, cheese, lettuce and (the best part of all) apple slices, sandwiched between two pieces of soft whole wheat bread.

This quesadilla is a riff on the Alpine Slide. It includes all of the main ingredients – smoked turkey, havarti cheese, the sliced apples of my childhood – but has the added bonus of melted cheese. Because you can really never go wrong with melted cheese, right?

The recipe:

Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Lay 1 whole wheat tortilla in the pan, and spread 2 teaspoons of the mustard over the tortilla.

Lunchtime Quesadilla Recipe with Smoked Turkey, Apples, Havarti Cheese & Arugula

Top with 1/4 of the cheese, turkey, apple and arugula.

Fold over the other side of the tortilla to form a half-circle. Press down with a spatula as the cheese melts to seal the quesadilla.

Lunchtime Quesadilla Recipe with Smoked Turkey, Apples, Havarti Cheese & Arugula

When the bottom is golden brown, flip the quesadilla and brown on the other side. Remove from the pan, cut into thirds and serve.

Repeat with the remaining tortillas, mustard, cheese, turkey, apple & arugula.

Lunchtime Quesadilla Recipe with Smoked Turkey, Apples, Havarti Cheese & Arugula

Lunchtime Quesadilla Recipe with Smoked Turkey, Apples, Havarti Cheese & Arugula

Yield: Serves 4

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 8 tsp stone ground mustard
  • 6 oz. sliced havarti cheese
  • 6 oz. sliced smoked turkey breast
  • 1 1/2 Gala apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup arugula

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat. Lay 1 whole wheat tortilla in the pan, and spread 2 teaspoons of the mustard over the tortilla.
  2. Top with 1/4 of the cheese, turkey, apple and arugula.
  3. Fold over the other side of the tortilla to form a half-circle. Press down with a spatula as the cheese melts to seal the quesadilla.
  4. When the bottom is golden brown, flip the quesadilla and brown on the other side.
  5. Remove from the pan, cut into thirds and serve.
  6. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, mustard, cheese, turkey, apple & arugula.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Priya September 12, 2012 at 7:12 am

a healthy and well balanced lunch – not to mention it looks amazing :)

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2 Bev @ Bev Cooks September 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

This is SO about to be my jam.

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3 carrian September 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

I cannot even tell you how much I love Havarti. MMMMMM. This looks so wonderful. I love that your food is always so real and tasty, but perfectly good for you too. (some people’s healthy is a tiny bit caca)

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4 Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa September 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

I love quesadillas for lunch! I’ve recently been doing an apple, almond butter and spinach quesadilla, and it’s so tasty! Apple add the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch. But your sounds even better, so I’m definitely going to try it, maybe with goat cheese instead :)

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5 Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings September 12, 2012 at 9:15 am

love the cheese and arugula choices for the quesadilla!

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6 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

I love a good quesadilla, great flavor combo!

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7 Krista September 12, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I absolutely love this flavor combination Dara! Cheese and fruit is always a winner in my book.

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8 Karly September 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

These are gorgeous. Perfect lunch for a Fall day.

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9 addie @ culicurious September 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Quick, easy, healthy and tasty – a real winner!! :)

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10 Becky at Vintage Mixer September 12, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Sounds like a sandwich I would love! I really enjoy apples on my grilled cheese!

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11 Maria September 13, 2012 at 7:26 am

I love the apples in there!

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12 Debi Olivas September 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Love reading all of your entries. Everything is so quick and easy.
Thanks

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13 Meeta September 14, 2012 at 7:08 am

Oh I am loving the flavors here. Perfect for S.’ lunchbox too! Love the apples, but am also thinking of pears, maybe even pineapple chunks. Thanks for the inspiration!

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14 kelley September 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Awesome! I love the apple-havarti combination. A great lunch recipe, indeed!!

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15 Precious November 15, 2012 at 3:31 am

How to Use a Slow Cooker – The Operation Flow. Add all ingredients into blender.
It can either be offered with Basmati feed, boiled feed, packages or Snacks.

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