Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas

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You know what goes together really well? Apples and cheese, that’s what!

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas, I know,  I know. It doesn’t immediately sound appetizing, but trust me, it works and it’s good! And I’m not talking “Hey, that’s tolerable”  kind of good. I mean like “Give me the apples and cheddar and no one gets hurt!” type of good. In the past I’ve even been known to snack on slices of apple and cheese together during one of the random food phases of my young teens. I think it was in between my unhealthy and awkward stage where I’d eat a heaping bowl of lucky charms every morning and the phase of trying to eat nothing or only extremely healthy foods everyday. The ups and downs of teenage girlhood are fairly predictable.

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas (2) I’d say I’m at a pretty balanced medium between the two extremes now, but I usually forget to think about what I’m eating most of the time. It’s counterintuitive, but when you spend all day playing with food your whole perspective on it changes and it’s easy to forget to actually eat.

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas (6) So, I made these quesadillas the other day and, in doing so, totally broke my own rule. You see, in the past, quesadillas and I have never seen eye to eye on photography. Almost every time I’ve tried to photograph one has been a headache (and usually a complete waste of time when I scrap the whole thing in the end). For some unknown reason they are just one of the things that I have a lot of trouble taking pictures of. I’ve never figured out exactly why, but last time I kind of promised myself never to try it again. At least, not for a long, long time.

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas (9) But as you can see I broke said rule and tried anyway and, while these aren’t my favorite pictures ever, I guess the results could have been a little worse. I really just had to share this recipe with you guys even if it meant horrible pics.

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas (11) I make quesadillas all the time cause there are a few people in my family that could probably live on only quesadillas and never get tired of them. Not even kidding. Then there are also a few that love anything and everything apple and are always excited when I’m doing something with apples. My mom happens to be in both categories, and this is majorly her thing. In fact, she is the one that should get the credit for this recipe since she was the first person to introduce me to eating apples in savory food. This was kind of inspired by her and in her true fashion she, of course, compared it to a cheese doughnut. Because to her all of life’s best foods taste like (or should taste like) doughnuts.

Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas., Oh, and speaking of apple doughnuts, I maybe, kinda, sorta, could possibly….(wait for it)…….have some actual apple doughnuts to share tomorrow!!! Oh yeah, so stay tuned peeps!

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Caramelized Apple, Bacon, and Gouda Quesadillas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 quesadillas


  • 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 medium apples (peeled, cored, and cut into small chunks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 oz shredded gouda cheese
  • 4 large flour tortillas


  1. Cook bacon over medium high heat in a large skillet until crispy. Remove to a paper towel lined plate and add onion, garlic, and apples to the pan, Cook for 7 to 8 minutes until apples are soft then add sage, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to pan. Remove from heat.
  2. Pour contents of pan into a separate bowl and return pan to heat. Lay 1 (or 2 if they'll fit) tortillas on pan and layer one half of tortilla with crumbled bacon, gouda, and cooked apple/onion mixture. Fold tortilla over filling and cook on each side until crispy brown. Remove from pan and slice into triangles. Serve hot.
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  1. says

    You are so right on the apple and cheese pairing, it’s the best. I’m going to make this as an appetizer one day…hm I guess I have to invite some people over.

  2. says

    I have trouble taking photos of quesadillas too. I guess they don’t have enough height to them. Yours look great and I’m sure they taste awesome too. We eat quesadillas all the time at our house because they are quick and easy. It’s nice to have a new combo to try.

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