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.
Spaghetti Squash with Apples & Toasted Pecans and Apple Upside-Down Biscuits
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?
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.
Top with ¼ 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.
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.
Smoked Turkey Quesadilla Recipe
- 4 whole wheat tortillas
- 8 teaspoons stone ground mustard
- 6 ounces sliced havarti cheese
- 6 ounces sliced smoked turkey breast
- 1 ½ Gala apples cored and thinly sliced
- 1 cup arugula
- 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.
- Top with ¼ 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.
- 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.
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Awesome! I love the apple-havarti combination. A great lunch recipe, indeed!!
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!
I love the apples in there!
Becky at Vintage Mixer
Sounds like a sandwich I would love! I really enjoy apples on my grilled cheese!
addie @ culicurious
Quick, easy, healthy and tasty - a real winner!! 🙂
These are gorgeous. Perfect lunch for a Fall day.
I absolutely love this flavor combination Dara! Cheese and fruit is always a winner in my book.
Laura (Tutti Dolci)
I love a good quesadilla, great flavor combo!
Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings
love the cheese and arugula choices for the quesadilla!
Alyssa | Queen of Quinoa
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 🙂
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)
Bev @ Bev Cooks
This is SO about to be my jam.
a healthy and well balanced lunch - not to mention it looks amazing 🙂