Pear Brie & Caramelised Onions Quesadillas

By Jessica Hylton - - Updated

These Pear Brie & Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are drizzled with a balsamic glaze that make it the ultimate fall quick meal!

Close up of pear brie & caramelised onions quesadillas drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

Pear Brie & Caramelised Onions Quesadillas. Any quesadilla haters in the house? I thought not. Quesadillas are that dish that translates across pretty much any cuisine, and for good reason: anything and everything tastes amazing between crispy tortillas.

You know I’m an advocate for quick and easy meals, and with just 9 minutes of prep time, these quesadillas couldn’t be any easier. By the way, you can’t leave out that glaze: it’s the secret bomb ingredient.

Three tortillas with pear and brie slices on them.

If you didn’t know, the Mr. is a super cook. Like, for a long time in our relationship, he did MOST of the cooking. He’s also the king of sauces. Actually, a recipe coming up next month was made by him and I got the pleasure of eating it all up (is this how it feels?! Yum.). Between making 13-18 new recipes each month, numerous videos and several batches of recipe testing, we all need that extra handy chef in the kitchen.

Well, I say all of this because it was his decision to pair these with a balsamic glaze. Good grief, was that an amazing idea. Are you going to help me to convince him to start his own blog?! Please.

Overhead shot of quesadillas drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

These pear and brie quesadillas are beautifully crispy on the outside and super soft on the inside thanks to the pears, brie and caramelised onions. All these flavours go perfectly together, and the thyme brings it all out even more. But the balsamic glaze is the key, key ingredient here.

The intense sweet tanginess of it brings out every flavour and is pretty much the cherry on top. Please don’t to leave it out!! It’s crazy easy to make once you make it low and slow, and so worth it. PRO TIP: I put the extra on uh, pretty much everything.

A slice of pear brie & caramelised onions quesadilla drizzled with a balsamic glaze.

P.S. Here are some of the items I used to make this recipe if you’d like to use them too:



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These Pear Brie & Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are drizzled with a balsamic glaze that make it the ultimate fall quick meal! via

Overhead shot of pear brie & caramelised onions quesadillas on parchment paper.

Pear Brie & Caramelised Onions Quesadillas

These Pear Brie & Caramelised Onions Quesadillas are drizzled with a balsamic glaze that make it the ultimate fall quick meal!
by: Jessica in the Kitchen
Prep Time 9 minutes
Cook Time 21 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican

Balsamic Glaze/Reduction

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut/cane sugar/sucanat
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • 1/2 medium onion peeled and sliced thinly and separated
  • 1 pear cored and sliced thinly
  • 2 ounces Brie cheese
  • 3-4 sprigs thyme stems removed
  • 6 to 8 tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter or coconut oil


Balsamic Glaze

  • While the onions are caramelising, In a pot over medium high heat, heat all the ingredients for the glaze and stir. Watch carefully - the glaze should begin to thicken after 5 minutes and you want it thick enough to stick to the back of a spoon, but not to thicken into a glob. It becomes very thick very quickly so watch carefully.
  • Once glaze has thickened, remove from heat.


  • 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 should 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. Drizzle with balsamic glaze.
  • Enjoy!
  1. This recipe is vegetarian.
  2. !TO MAKE GLUTEN FREE Use gluten free tortillas like these
  3. !TO MAKE VEGAN Leave out the cheese or use a vegan cheese.
  4. 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 30 minutes!


Calories: 283kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 703mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 93mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I can’t wait to make this!! They look delicious and I love the combo of flavour, Jessica.

  2. thalia says:

    oh my gosh, what an unusual quesadillas combination! these look SO good and i bet they taste it too! Xx

  3. Nope, not one quesadilla hater in the house. 😉 These look amazing, J! Those caramelized onions have my name written all over them (perhaps in balsamic glaze)?? Anyway, so cool to learn that the Mr. can cook! What could be better in a partner? Esp when you have to make 13-18 recipes per month! Sometimes, ya just gotta hand the kitchen reins over. Great idea from him on the balsamic glaze! Hope you two are having an awesome weekend! xo

  4. Mmm it’s like these quesadillas were made for me! I would’ve never thought to make them with pears and brie, so I’m LOVING this! Especially those onions…yum!

  5. Liz says:

    I always forget about putting quesadillas on the menu, but I finally did a couple weeks ago. This flavor combination sounds fabulous—and I have both Brie and pears in my kitchen 🙂

  6. Oh yum! Quesadillas are a staple in my house. So easy to repurpose leftovers! I love the idea of these…that balsamic glaze looks like the perfect special touch!

  7. Kelly says:

    Quesadillas are definitely a favorite around here and these would be gone in no time at our house! Love this flavor combo and how easy these come together! They’re gorgeous!

  8. marcie says:

    These flavors are some of my very favorite, and I wish I had these delicious quesadillas for dinner!

  9. Yum, these look amazing! I bet they smell pretty awesome too! Such a unique flavorful recipe using those onions too. Going to pin to make later.. my husband loves onions so he’s going to love these!

  10. TerryO says:

    Step four of making the “q”,you refer to Apple slices. I take it you mean pear slices, right?

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