Sharply flavored Cheddar cheese is one of the few savory foods that work with sweets. In the same way that a slice of Cheddar on top of apple pie is appealing, so is this breakfast quesadilla, which combines cheese with sweet spiced apples and salty ham.
Vegetable oil spray
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon apple pie spice or 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg and allspice
Six 6-inch flour tortillas
1/2 pound thinly sliced honey-baked ham
1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar
1. Preheat the oven to 450 F. Cover a baking sheet with heavy-duty aluminum foil, and spray the foil with vegetable oil spray.
2. Place the butter in a large skillet and melt it over medium heat. Add the apples, and sprinkle them with the sugar and apple pie spice. Cook over medium high heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the apples are soft and slightly browned. Set aside.
3. Arrange the tortillas so that they are half on the baking sheet. Place a layer of ham on the side of the tortilla resting on the baking sheet, and top with a portion of spiced apples. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on top of the apples on each tortilla, and then fold the untreated side over the filling. Press gently with the palm of your hand or a spatula to enclose the filling. Space the quesadillas evenly on the baking sheet, and spray the tops with vegetable oil spray.
4. Bake the quesadillas in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Turn them gently with a spatula, and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until they are browned. Remove the pan from the oven, and allow them to sit for 2 minutes. Cut each in half, and serve immediately.
Note: The apples can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and refrigerated, tightly covered. There is no need to reheat them before assembling and baking the quesadillas.
All Wrapped Up
Excerpted from ALL WRAPPED UP by Ellen Brown Copyright© 1998 by Ellen Brown. Excerpted by permission of Broadway, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.