Camembert-Caramelized Onion Quesadilla with Apple Chutney

Total Time:
1 hr 55 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
1 hr 5 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 sweet onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 9 (6-inch) flour tortillas, or 9 (12-inch) flour tortillas, cut to 6-inch size
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound Camembert, thinly sliced
  • Canola oil
  • Apple Chutney, recipe follows
  • Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish
Directions

Preheat the grill to medium. Heat the oil and butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions and slowly cook until caramelized, about 45 minutes. Then stir in the balsamic vinegar and thyme. Let cool slightly before using in quesadilla.

Place 6 quesadillas on a flat surface and divide the cheese and onions among the tortillas. Season filling with salt and pepper. Stack the tortillas to make 3 (2-layer) tortillas, and top with the remaining tortillas. Brush the tops with oil and grill, oiled-side down, until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the quesadillas, close the cover, and grill until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Slice into quarters, and place 3 quarters on each of 4 plates. Top with a dollop of the apple chutney and a sprig of fresh thyme.

Apple Chutney:

2 tablespoons canola oil

1 small red onion, finely chopped

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 jalapeno chile, finely diced

3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and diced

1/2 cup apple juice

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, ginger, garlic, and jalapeno, and cook until soft. Add half of the apples, the apple juice and vinegar, and cook until the apples are soft. Remove from the heat and stir in the remaining apples and the thyme. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer to a bowl and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving so that flavors meld.


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