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Apple, Sauerkraut & Cheddar Quesadillas
“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.”
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
1Put 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.
2Gradually 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.
3Fold 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.
4Variation: If you like, a little chopped ham tastes wonderful layered in with the other ingredients.