Savory and Sweet Caramelized Apple, Tarragon, and Cheddar Melt

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Savory and Sweet Caramelized Apple, Tarragon, and Cheddar Melt
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
525
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 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
  • 4 slices Tuscan or other sturdy white bread
  • 1 Teaspoon canola oil
  • 4 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.

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
45%
Sugar
15g
N/A
Saturated Fat
15g
76%
Cholesterol
72mg
24%
Protein
20g
40%
Carbs
44g
15%
Vitamin A
199µg
22%
Vitamin B12
0.5µg
8.4%
Vitamin B6
0.1mg
7.3%
Vitamin C
4mg
7%
Vitamin D
0.4µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
1mg
6%
Vitamin K
9µg
11%
Calcium
469mg
47%
Fiber
5g
18%
Folate (food)
56µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
76µg
19%
Folic acid
12µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
13%
Magnesium
49mg
12%
Monounsaturated
8g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
3mg
17%
Phosphorus
367mg
52%
Polyunsaturated
3g
N/A
Potassium
269mg
8%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
24.9%
Sodium
659mg
27%
Sugars, added
2g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
18.2%
Trans
0.9g
N/A
Zinc
3mg
18%

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