Ham, Apple and Cheese Quesadillas


Courtesy of Food Network

The classic combo of ham and cheese gets a makeover with these easy quesadillas. This recipe is a great way to use holiday leftovers, but you can also use sliced deli ham for an everyday treat.


  • Eight 6-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • Cooking spray or olive oil, for oiling tortillas
  • 1 tbsp. spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • 4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese
  • 4 ounces very thinly sliced Black Forest or Virginia ham
  • ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ tbsps. apple butter, plus more for topping
  • 2 small NY apples, cut into thin sticks
  • Lemon juice and ground cinnamon for tossing


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  2. Spray 4 of the tortillas with cooking spray (or brush with olive oil). Lay tortillas on a large cutting board oiled-side down. Brush with the mustard and sprinkle with about half of the cheese. Top each evenly with a thin layer of ham, onions and some pepper, then finish with remaining cheese.
  3. Brush the apple butter evenly on the remaining tortillas. Place one apple-butter tortilla on top of a ham-and-cheese tortilla (filling sides in) and firmly press the tortillas together to make a quesadilla.
  4. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lay a quesadilla oiled-side down in the pan and cook until golden brown and the cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes. Spray the top of the quesadilla with cooking spray, turn and cook until the other side browns and the cheese is melted, 2-3 minutes more. Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas.
  5. Cut the quesadillas into four wedges and arrange on plates. Toss the apples with lemon and juice and cinnamon to taste. Serve quesadillas with the apple slices.