Savory and Sweet Caramelized Apple, Tarragon, and Cheddar Melt

Savory and Sweet Caramelized Apple, Tarragon, and Cheddar Melt
Staff Writer
Suzanne Lehrer

This melt is inspired by a Cheddar-apple pie, a genius and savory twist on everyone's favorite all-American dessert. This recipe keeps the apples sweet but gives them a savory edge with sharp Cheddar and tarragon for a hint of licorice. Make sure to choose an apple that will hold its shape, and strike a balance between tart and sweet.

2
Servings
174
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Honeycrisp apple, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
  • 1  Tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2  Teaspoon  brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4  Cup  dry white wine
  • 1  Teaspoon  fresh tarragon
  • slices Tuscan or other sturdy white bread
  • 1  Teaspoon  canola oil
  • thick slices extra-sharp Cheddar cheese

Directions

Preheat the broiler.

Melt the butter in a saute pan until foamy. Add the apples, sugar, and a large pinch salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until apples are softened and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the wine and tarragon, raise the heat to medium, and cook until the wine has been absorbed.

Brush 1 side of each bread slice with the oil, and sprinkle lightly with salt. Place oiled-side down onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Top each bread slice with a slice of cheese, and divide the apple mixture between 2 slices. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 3 minutes. Assemble and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
6g
9%
Sugar
14g
16%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
29g
22%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
7µg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
12µg
13%
Calcium, Ca
18mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
25µg
6%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
4mg
1%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
11mg
2%
Sodium, Na
175mg
12%
Water
4g
0%

Caramel Shopping Tip

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Caramel Cooking Tip

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.

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