Monday, August 4, 2008
Sweet... Salty... Tart... Quesadillas?
For lunch the other day I threw together one of my favorite treats -- apple & kraut quesadillas.
If you wince a little at the thought of combining apples and sauerkraut, you're probably not alone. But, trust me when I tell you that it's really a winning combination. On top of everything, they're quick to put together for a quick meal.
I was lucky enough to have some heirloom apples on hand from our CSA share. LotFotL warned us that they were ugly. And they really are. But, the flavor is pretty astounding. They're tannic and tangy, with a hint of sweetness that almost sneaks up on you.
"Those are some seriously old school apples" Peef exclaimed as he took a bite of a slice of apple. The look on his face was pretty priceless. You could see the sourness just sort of sneak up on him and twist his cheeks up into knots... and then the saliva kicked in and a sort of "perma-grin" took over.
I also happened to have a jar of my very favorite sauerkraut on hand. Bubbies has three ingredients -- cabbage, salt, and well water -- and it's fermented the old German way, in wooden vats. Unpasteurized, and heated only to a minimal level (to keep the jars from exploding/leaking), it's as close to raw sauerkraut as I can get without making my own. MMM.
So, we sliced the apples and cheese, and layered them onto some nice whole wheat tortillas.
After being on a hot griddle for a about 5-10 minutes, they were crispy, gooey and delish.
Sour Apple & Kraut Quesadillas
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