Turkey, Cranberry and Apple Quesadillas

Turkey, Cranberry and Apple Quesadillas | Cookie Monster Cooking

Let’s squeeze in one last recipe for your Thanksgiving leftovers, shall we?  Can I interest you in some turkey, cranberry and apple quesadillas?  You can use up some turkey, cranberry sauce and any leftover cheese that you may have hanging out in your fridge.  Just a little bit of chopping and you have a quick and easy meal that feels somewhat different.  You know, so you’re not eating the same exact leftovers over and over … and over.

Turkey, Cranberry and Apple Quesadillas | Cookie Monster Cooking

While it’s certainly not necessary, there’s also a great (and also easy) dipping sauce to go right along with the cheesy quesadillas.  Because dipping quesadillas in a sweet and savory yogurt mixture is just so much more fun than a plain quesadilla, am I right??

And now I need to head back into the kitchen to work on some more Thanksgiving prep.  And maybe at least attempt to straighten up … it’s a disaster at the moment.  Follow along on Instagram to see all the awesome food … but you won’t see any giant messes.  I like to hide those from sight … pretend they don’t exist.  That means I don’t have to wash the dishes, right?  Flawed logic.

Turkey, Cranberry and Apple Quesadillas | Cookie Monster Cooking

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!  I’m going to take the rest of the week off to spend time with mine.  I’ll be back next week with plenty of new recipes.

Christmas … it’s time.

Turkey, Cranberry and Apple Quesadillas
Yield: 4 quesadillas
For the quesadillas:
  • 4 large whole wheat tortillas
  • ¼ cup leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup shredded leftover turkey
  • 1 large apple, sliced
  • 1 cup freshly grated white cheddar cheese*
For the dip:
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon leftover cranberry sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • pinch of salt
  1. To make the quesadillas - place the tortillas on a work surface. Spread some of the cranberry sauce on half of each tortilla. Top each with some of the turkey and a few apple slices. Sprinkle with some of the cheese. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filling to form a semicircle.
  2. To make the dip - combine the greek yogurt, cranberry sauce, rosemary, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl. Mix to combine and set aside.
  3. Set a skillet over medium high heat. When hot, spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Place an assembled quesadilla in the pan and cook, flipping once halfway through, until both sides are browned and the cheese is melted. Repeat with all of the quesadillas. Cut into triangles and serve with the dip.
*I think gruyere would also be a great option, although you can use whatever kind of cheese you have on hand.

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  1. I am LOVING the sound of these quesadillas! :) and that sweet and savory yogurt dip!!!!! I love yogurt dips! And this quesadilla looks BEYOND DELICIOUS! Can i wait to try this? NO, ABSOLUTELY NOT! Running to the kitchen! :)

  2. Jo @ The Contented Baker says:

    What a refreshing way to use leftovers! I would have never have thought of that – very modern, great for groups and so tasty :-)

  3. What a great way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! We are huge quesadilla fans!

  4. I’ve been craving the idea of turkey and apple together so I am loving these quesadillas instead of the regular sandwich. Big yum!

  5. What a brilliant idea! Quesadillas! I’ve been plowing through my cranberry sauce and you’ve left me with another great idea to use it up! Thanks Ashley!

  6. This is a great way to use up leftover turkey and cranberry sauce Ashley! Delicious and pinned! Have a great week, my friend!

  7. I feel so boring after just making sandwiches with my leftovers! This is a much better idea!

  8. I wish I hadn’t used the last of my cranberry sauce yesterday because I would totally be making these (sans turkey!) for dinner tonight! I have everything else I need. Sigh. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  9. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Ashley! I bet yours was lovely (from all the planning I saw!) and these quesadillas look like the best way to use up the rest of the leftovers chilling out in the fridge. :D

  10. What a delicious way to use up leftovers. I adore quesadillas. We had them two to three times a week when I was pregnant! Thank you for sharing!

  11. Wow! Great idea for combining these ingredients! Thanks so much!

  12. What a fantastic way to use up all those leftovers, these quesadillas are genius!
    Happy Thanksgiving, friend! I hope you enjoy your time with your family! ;)

  13. I just found my Friday lunch :) These sound incredible! LOVE quesadillas!

  14. These quesadillas look awesome Ashley! Great way to use up your leftovers and I absolutely love the sound of greek yogurt, cranberry sauce and rosemary in the dipping sauce! Hope you and your family have an amazing Thanksgiving filled with lots of laughter and yummy food! :)

  15. I’m not a big fan of leftovers, but I NEED to try these quesadillas! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Ashley! I am sure with all of your planning it will be perfect.

  16. I’d squeeze these quesadillas no problem. Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Oh my gosh, what a great idea for Thanksgiving leftovers! I’m so obsessed with quesadillas. I would literally eat anything if it was in quesadilla form. This is so different from most of the leftover-Thanksgiving posts, and I love it! :)

  18. Okay, so you know I don’t eat meat, but if I did, I would totally make these! They’re so quick and easy and the flavors sound awesome. And yes, dishes suck, there’s no way around it.

    After how prepared you’ve been for Halloween and Thanksgiving, I can’t wait to see what you’re doing for Christmas! I bet there’s all kind of goodness sitting on your hard drive right now. ;)

  19. Quesadillas are one of my go-to easy meals when I’m hungry and need food NOW. You made them even easier by using leftovers. That dip sounds awesome, cranberry sauce, yogurt and rosemary sounds like it hits just about every flavour palate there.

  20. Oh man I can’t wait for the turkey tomorrow so that I can make these!

  21. This sounds like a great way to use leftover turkey and cranberry sauce! I love the sound of that dipping sauce, too, cuz I can never say no to Greek yogurt. Have a great Thanksgiving, Ashley! I know you’re going to be eating well.

    • I had a feeling you’d like the yogurt dip : ) I feel like we both have a huge love of greek yogurt! haha Happy Thanksgiving Marcie!!

  22. I love your photos of these quesadillas. Gorgeous! I’m excited to try this and your sandwich with all the leftovers. Since it’s just my husband and I with 2 other adults, we are going to have a ton of leftovers!

  23. Great suggestion! I love making quesadillas, too. I love whole wheat tortillas and I recently found a corn/wheat blend tortilla at Trader Joe’s that I just love. Happy Thanksgiving. I’ve been giddy with excitement about Christmas! : )

    • Ooo I haven’t seen those tortillas at Trader Joe’s – I’m going to have to look the next time I’m there! Happy Thanksgiving to you too Monica!!

  24. I would never have thought of combining these 3 in a quesadilla WITH cheese! Girl these are BRILLIANT! Happy Thanksgiving – and see ya next week!

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