Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas

Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas

6 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, Fall 2002

This combination may seem unusual—until you try it. The sweet-tartness of the apple, creaminess of the cheese and bite of the sauerkraut work together beautifully in this easy hot sandwich. Serve with oven-roasted potatoes or a green salad.

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  • 1 cup sauerkraut, rinsed
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 9-to-10-inch (burrito-size) flour tortillas
  • 1⅓ cups grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1 small Granny Smith or other tart, juicy apple, peeled and very thinly sliced, peeled and very thinly sliced


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  1. Put sauerkraut and water in a medium nonreactive skillet. Gently heat just until the liquid has evaporated but not so much that the sauerkraut begins to stick to the pan. Remove from the heat.
  2. Gradually heat a large cast-iron over medium heat. Put one tortilla in the pan and immediately sprinkle ⅓ cup cheese over half of it. Quickly arrange about half the apple slices over the cheese, then top with half the sauerkraut, spreading it evenly. Sprinkle with another ⅓ cup cheese.
  3. Fold the tortilla over the filled half and press gently on it with a spatula to seal. Heat the quesadilla until the bottom is golden, about 2 minutes, then carefully flip and lightly brown the other side. Slide the quesadilla onto a cutting board and cut it into halves or quarters. Prepare the second one in the same fashion.
  4. Variation: If you like, a little chopped ham tastes wonderful layered in with the other ingredients.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 quesadilla
  • Per serving: 389 calories; 10 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 50 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 170 mcg folate; 16 mg cholesterol; 11 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 194 IU vitamin A; 13 mg vitamin C; 430 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 1,388 mg sodium; 336 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Calcium (43% daily value), Folate (42% dv), Iron (22% dv), Vitamin C (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, ½ fruit, ½ vegetable, 1½ medium-fat meat

Reviews 6

February 16, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
I haven't made this recepie, but I am concerned about heating up the sauerkraut in the water bath. Won't that kill all the good bacteria found in the sauerkraut, provided it has not been processed.
October 27, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Quick and easy If you are going to use the apples, slice them very thin. Pros: Easy, quick, filling and low cal
November 21, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Unique and Delicious I used Dill Havarti cheese and organic corn tortillas prepared on a cast iron skillet. Great flavor and texture! Pros: Quick, Easy, Delicious
November 01, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
Lacking something I made this tonight and was expecting a great burst of flavours and it just fell flat. I'm sure that for non-vegetarians added bacon would add that extra flavour to it but for me, it just wasn't that great. I felt like it could've used a bit of kick and I've had apple and cheese combinations and apple and sauerkraut. It was OK but not something I will make again. Pros: Quick and very easy Cons: Bland, needed something more to it
July 20, 2011
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By: Tsmart
Strange combination but suprisingly works! I thought this recipe was a little strange, but it really does work. I was very surprised to taste how well the combination of ingredients work together. Saurkraut does go with cheddar cheese. I make this like a panini in our indoor grill, and serve with sweet potato fries and my husband gets a link of smoked sausage. It really all works together very well, and it is a quick fix for dinner. Pros: Quick, easy and filling
February 20, 2011
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By: zaragail78
A little too good I made this with Ezekial sprouted grain tortillas, which have 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein. I loved it. Unfortunately, I loved it so much I ate the whole recipe by myself in one sitting. I wouldn't recommend that- its alot of cheese.
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