Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are sprinkled with fresh thyme and are a perfect easy dish to start fall! 

Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are sprinkled with fresh thyme and are a perfect easy dish to start fall! #vegetarian #quesadilla #healthy #fallrecipes #apple

Guess what?! The time I’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: fall!! So, I guess technically it isn’t fall and we have about 20 days left until fall actually arrives BUT I don’t care – it’s fall at Jessica in the Kitchen! I want you to know, you’re going to get a load of recipes for the next few months, not just pumpkin but all the other amazing fall flavours PLUS casseroles and delicious warm dinner ideas. I can’t wait! So, how about we get right into these quesadillas?

Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are sprinkled with fresh thyme and are a perfect easy dish to start fall! #vegetarian #quesadilla #healthy #fallrecipes #apple

As I was thinking of the first recipe to share with you for the fall season, I said to myself, self, let’s do something easy. Something that keeps in mind that back to school season needs some delicious and easy recipes, and that if you’re into football you can have your fall AND football-esque food too. These quesadillas, which I like to think of a lunch or quick dinner more than a breakfast, were something I actually made for breakfast, sans the caramelised onions. They tasted great, but they also tasted like they were missing something. Thyme, check, apple check, delicious gouda cheese check…? Then it hit me – caramelised onions.

15 minutes later we were in business!

Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are sprinkled with fresh thyme and are a perfect easy dish to start fall! #vegetarian #quesadilla #healthy #fallrecipes #apple

The caramelised onions revolutionised these for me. They added the sharpness needed to complement the cheese and contrast to the apple, and the slight sweetness that married all the ingredients. People, I’m talking onions here! If you’ve never tried caramelised onions now is the time.

Now, I’m quite aware that you could easily take 30 minutes just to caramelise the onions – I’ve been there. But I was able to cut it down to 15 minutes and still produce a quite similar end product that will rock your quesadillas. They could also be made ahead of time, in which case this dish would only take you 10 minutes if you’re going slow and watching marathons on HGTV (guilty). Served on a multi grain tortilla or wrap, you have an easy dish that’s also healthy, and reminiscent of fall flavours. Uh, hello fall?! I’m welcome you with open arms.

Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are sprinkled with fresh thyme and are a perfect easy dish to start fall! #vegetarian #quesadilla #healthy #fallrecipes #apple

Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas

Apple, Gouda and Caramelised Onions Quesadillas

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Serves: 7-8
Category: Dinner
  • 2 apples, cored and sliced thinly
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded gouda cheese
  • 2 sprigs thyme (stems removed)
  • 2 multigrain tortillas or wraps
  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled and sliced thinly and separated
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Heat butter in a pan over medium high heat. When hot, add the onion slices in (the onions should sizzle), and reduce heat to medium so you don't burn the onions.
  • Swirl the onions around to ensure it's all covered, and allow to caramelise for 15 minutes, stirring once every 5 minutes. The onions will be soft enough to cut through with the spatula, and will be very tender. If the oil in the pan dries up, add water 2 tablespoons at a time to help finish cooking the onions.
  • On tortillas or wraps, place the apple slices, then the thyme then the cheese, then the caramelised onions on top. Place the second tortilla or wrap on top.
  • In a pan over medium high heat, or on a mini grill, place the tortilla. Heat through on one side for 3 minutes, then flip, and heat through on the other side for another 3 minutes.
  • Alternatively, you can split the ingredients equally through both tortillas or wraps and then fold them over individually (so you would have two different ones instead of one combined one). This can be easier then flipping the large quesadilla and produces the same result.
  • When both sides are crisp and cheese is melted, slice with a pizza cutter. Enjoy!

Please Note: I’m aware that there is a much more decadent and longer way of caramelising onions, but this method will produce a very similar result in a much quicker time that allows you to be finished in under 30 minutes!

Tags: Egg Free, Fall, Nut Free, Vegetarian Egg Free, Fall, Nut Free, Vegetarian
by Jessica

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  1. These are such pretty quesadillas Jessica! They look gorgeous and sound so good – apple and gouda with onions? All my favorites! Pinned 🙂

  2. Jess you are speaking right to my heart – caramelized oninons, cheese and Mexican all in one. And I would have never thought of the addition of the apple! Love the easy transition into fall.

  3. That is positively divine!! I’m such a sucker for sweet, savory and cheesy!

  4. Zainab says:

    Hahha, I love the warning you gave!! It is FALL in Jessica’s kitchen lol! I broke into the apples this weekend too as I couldn’t wait any longer. I love the gouda + apple combination!!Freaking genius!!

  5. I’m excited to see all of the fall recipes you’ll be cooking up! I love this quesadilla! Apples, gouda, caramelized onions, Yummmmm!

  6. Love this quesadilla flavor, Jessica! Such great creativity! And I love how easy this is to prepare, too. Pinned!

  7. Love the flavour combo.. I´m a huge fan of cheese and apple together, well cheese with anything sweet basically 🙂

  8. Now I see what you were saying about caramelized onions! WoW! This is a beautiful, creative recipe and makes a lovely fall meal. Looking forward to giving this one a try, Jessica! Thank you!

  9. Allison says:

    Apples and cheese are my favourite combo! This would be so amazing in a quesadilla. I must make these at once. They look crispy and elegant and perfect for the start of fall. Going on my to make list. Love love love this recipe!

  10. OMMMGeeeeee these are right up my alley! They look so crisp and buttery on the outside, YUMMMM! These look FABULOUS– MUST try it!

  11. Oh wow! That flavor combo sounds just fantastic!

  12. Yum! I love the apple and cheese combo. Pinned 🙂

  13. I love everything about these quesadillas!! Apples and cheese are the best, but for some reason I have never combined them together in a quesadilla. I also love the thyme! Thyme makes everything better 🙂

  14. Ashley says:

    Yes yes yes. What an awesome fall quesadilla! Caramelized onions and apple and gouda?? I’d eat one for breakfast right now!

  15. Wow. That sounds like a fabulous combo Jessica! Love the addition of the caramelized onions!
    Have a great Wednesday!

  16. Quesadillas are pretty much my fav thing in the world, but mine usually tend to run between “boring” and “boring-est”. This awesome fall twist on quesadillas you’ve got goin’ on here MUST happen in my kitchen asap! Love all that gooey cheese! Apples + cheese = I die. 🙂

  17. Joanne says:

    I’ve put apple in grilled cheese before, but I think I’d love it even more in cheesy delicious quesadillas. Because FUN. So excited for all of your fall recipes!! This is the start of so much good stuff.

  18. I’m totally with you that it is already starting to feel like Fall and I can’t believe that I’m actually excited about it! These quesadillas look amazing (I’m a sucker for anything with caramelized onions) and I’m excited to make them soon.

  19. Jessica, these look amazing!! I love the apple gouda combination. I have to try these! Pinning

  20. Perfect quesadillas for fall! I love apples and cheese together!

  21. I am SO craving a cheesey quesadilla right now.. these look and sound amazing. Never would have thought to add apple before, so I definitely am curious to know what the flavour combination tastes like.

  22. foodgigo says:

    very Easy so yummy . Thanks for sharing with us

  23. Heather says:

    Yum! I am always looking for a riff on quesadillas. And I love incorporating apples into my savory food!

  24. Kelly says:

    Yay, totally ready for fall recipes – bring ’em on 🙂 Love these quesadillas, apples and gouda are just perfect! They look amazing and sound so good!

  25. I think this sounds like a fun recipe! I have added it to my “Taste of Fall” board.

  26. It’s been a while since I made a quesadilla, and I’ve only made them with fairly traditional ingredients. There really is not reason not to go crazy with this easy concept. This one is an inspiration…great flavors in an easy to eat format.

  27. anne says:

    Just tried this. Deliicous. Did with a spinach wrap and it was fine. Especially love the flavor of the thyme.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Anne,

      That’s great! So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the feedback! I love the spinach wrap idea.

  28. I love apples! Thank goodness it’s apple baking season. I love how you gave them a savory spin. Quesadillas are perfect for an easy appetizer, lunch, snack or whatever. 🙂

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