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Turkey, Brie, & Apple Quesadilla

Turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into something so delicious you'll be making it again and again. This recipe elevates your leftover turkey into something magical. It's a roast turkey, brie, and apple quesadilla.

I love the traditional Thanksgiving day meal but after eating the leftovers once, I'm ready to move on. To move on without dealing with food waste, grab your leftover turkey and cranberry sauce, a tart green apple, and some brie cheese and make a quesadilla.

Quesadillas are a fun treat and are often unusual for a Thanksgiving meal. If you are having weekend guests, surprise them with some delicious quesadillas. It will be a unique part of their weekend that may even became part of a new tradition.

Brie is a soft cheese that a strong flavor. It has an edible white rind that is made of mold. Traditionally brie is made in France with raw cheese. Since raw cheese can't be imported in the U.S., a more stabilized version is imported over. Since it has such a strong flavor, a little bit goes far in this quesadilla.

Brie tastes best when it's at room temperature. So if you're serving brie on a cheese board, you'll want to bring your brie out an hour before serving. Brie is also great baked or grilled. You can bake brie right in the rind and dip a crusty bread in the center for a gooey bite. Or grill it in a pan with some herbs and figs and you've got a wonderful summer appetizer.

Brie pairs well with the tart flavors of green apple. The raw apple gives the quesadilla some texture to excite your mouth. The cranberry sauce gives sweet with it's tart. All of these flavorful ingredients make the perfect bite.

Still doubtful? Here's the recipe.

Turkey, Brie, and Apple Quesadilla

Serves 2


5 oz Roasted Turkey (Try this recipe)

1/2 Granny Smith Apple, cored and sliced

2 oz Brie

1/3 Cup Cheddar Jack, shredded

1 Tbsp Cranberry Sauce

1 Large Tortilla

1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter


  1. Melt butter in a sauté pan large enough to fit the tortilla.

  2. Lay the tortilla flat in the pan and allow to heat through about 90 seconds over medium heat.

  3. Top half of the tortilla with turkey, brie, cheddar jack cheese, apples, and a smear of cranberry sauce. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the toppings. Cook for 2 minutes on one side. Flip the quesadilla over to the other side and cook for an additional minute until all the ingredients are heated through and the quesadilla is toasted on both sides.

  4. Cut into 3 - 4 triangles and enjoy!

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