Apple Brie Quesadilla: Playing Restaurant

by simplylife on April 20, 2012

When I was young, I used to play restaurant, a lot.  I would take that box of Wheat Thins my mom bought as a snack to munch on throughout the week and use my grubby little fingers to place them as neatly as possible on a plate.  Then, I would put on my chef hat and use my creative culinary skills; I would spread a thin layer of cream cheese on one section, lather butter on several others and keep the rest plain.

Of course, I also made a menu to go along with it. The menu included: plain crackers (1 cent), buttered (3 cents), or if you wanted to go all out: cream cheese (5 cents)- yup, that’ll cost you a pretty nickel.

My parents were my faithful customers.  Whether it was 8 in the morning or served with a side of cream cheese finger-prints left throughout the kitchen, they were always happy to order off my menu and stuff themselves with buttered Wheat Thins.

My brother was my manger and his entrepreneurial mind was always telling me to increase the prices of this, and raise the demand for that.  I, on the other hand, just wanted to make sure the customers were happy and fed.

It was fun.  My brother still knows how to run a business.  I still find my best payment in full stomachs.

It was also a great way to take simple ingredients and make them into a memorable meal.

While these Apple Brie Quesadillas aren’t written on a menu in crayon, they do take basic everyday ingredients and turn them into something special.  Plus, using brie cheese and a maple-mustard drizzle make these simple ingredients feel all grown-up.

Apple Brie Quesadilla

Adapted from Food Network
Makes 3 quesadillas

Ingredients:
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
2 mushrooms, thinly sliced (optional)
4 tsp. olive oil
3 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
6 oz. brie cheese, sliced and rind removed
1 tbs. whole-grain mustard
1 tbs. maple syrup

1.  Heat large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add apple slices and mushrooms in 2 tsp. olive oil and cook until slightly tender, 3 to 4 minutes.

2.  Fill half of each tortilla with apple and mushroom mixture.  Evenly top with sliced brie cheese.  Fold tortillas in half.

3.  Heat remaining 2 tsp. oil in skillet over medium heat.  Cook each tortilla separately about 2 minutes per side, until cheese in melted and tortilla is golden brown.

4.  Meanwhile, mix the mustard and maple syrup in a small bowl.  Drizzle over warm quesadillas. Serve and enjoy!

~What childhood games did you enjoy playing?

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  • http://theathletesplate.com Matt

    This looks amazing. Apples and brie is such a good combo!

  • http://www.bakebikeblog.com/ Lisa @ Bakebikeblog

    deeeeelish! Love the apple / brie combination!

  • Anonymous

    I love apple and brie! And I love that you used to play restaurant – my siblings and I did too!!! :)

  • Gina (Candid RD)

    I used to do fun “pretend” games like this too; mainly we used to pretend we were grocery shopping in our basement where we had a large pantry, and then we used to play library a lot, with fake “return date” slips. I actually like to play restaurant STILL! haha. It’s fun to create menus and serve guests!
    Your quesdailla recipe looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Everything about it makes me want to make it!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh this is too cute with the grocery shopping in the pantry! Love it!

  • http://www.liveliferightnow.com/ Sarah

    Never had brie and maple syrup before, but if it tastes as good as your photos look then I’m up for giving it a go! You must have been a cute kid – when I was younger I was a little tomboy, I loved playing Star Wars with my brother and having lightsaber fights!

  • Belinda

    I LOVED playing restaurant too – under the table. Loving this combination…service it up!

  • Anonymous

    So cute :) My kitchen was definitely my favorite toy growing up! Still is… :) The sweet with cheese is just perfect

  • Brandi

    Yum! This recipe looks delicious! :) I spent most of my time playing house school growing up. :) Funny, I ended up being a banker. :)

  • http://www.joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    You’re adorable. I had a little Fisher Price “kitchen” when I was little and it was far and above my favorite toy! i guess maybe that should have been foreboding… :P These quesadillas sound unreal amazing! I lvoe the apple brie combo

  • bergamot

    Looks delicious. Love the combination.

  • http://missmagnoliamunches.blogspot.com Rebecca

    We played court. We made the judges bench out of some old logs in the yard and would make up reasons for the defendent (I’m sure we didn’t even know it was called a defendent!) being on trial. Of course, my oldest sister always got to be judge!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that is too fun! Are there now any lawyers in the family?

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    You had me at brie! :) This looks amazing!
    I loved playing school and grocery store!!

  • http://luxuryhaven.blogspot.com/ Blackswan

    That’s so cute! Reminds me of my childhood where I used to play that too. Huh?? Were u one of my customers?? Hahaha!

  • http://lifeafterswimming.com/ Nikki @ Life After Swimming

    Those look perfect!!! Apples and cheese make the best combo!

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    Ah, apple and brie are a delicious combination in quesadillas. Good call!

  • http://www.cookiesleuth.com/ Cookie Sleuth

    This looks great! Definitely a lot fancier than Wheat Thins :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Haha, we all have to start somewhere, right?! :)

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    I love the combination of apple with cheese.. Somehow I had a feeling you liked playing with food even when you were little! :)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      I guess some things never change, right?! :)

  • Junia Kim

    brie with fruit is fabulous, so i’m sure this quesadilla is divine!!!

  • Karriann Graf

    I love the combination! Lovely photos too ;)

    “Happy Cooking”

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    I love apple and brie on its own but I’m pretty certain that a maple-mustard sauce makes these quesadillas perfection! Adorable that you have been “playing restaurant” for all these years!

  • http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/ Choc Chip Uru

    I love what a unique and delicious combination apples and brie sounds like – wonderful job :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  • Mom

    What a beautiful yet simple meal …. fortunate husband !! Not that this has anything to do with your meal, I just want to say that the best turkey burger I’ve ever had was topped with very thin slices of sour green apples…YUM .

    Those childhood memories are very vivid to me and I loved it each time, we both did. I remember reminding your dad, as I still do to this day, to leave a nice tip !! It helped that our formal dining room was furnished not with any kind of wood furniture, but instead with every kitchen appliance and pretend food that was on the market thanks to your Godmother !!!

    Sweet thoughts…

  • http://betterwithberries.com/ Michelle (Better with Berries)

    These look amazing! Apple and brie is probably one of my favorite combinations.

    I love your memories of playing restaurant! We would always play farm at my house and sell “onions” and “berries” which were just various types of weeds from our yard :-)

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that’s too cute!

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com/ Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    I used to love Connect Four!! :D Food looks nummy!!

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    I have never played restaurant but I would definitely visit yours if you served up these! How beautiful, I love the idea of apples in quesadillas.

  • EA Stewart

    Great quesadillas, and I think my kids would love these too (minus the mushrooms). I played a lot of “store” as a kid too, and other favorites were blind mans bluff and sardines. Oh, and a made up game called “pigs in the closet”. Dont ask :-)

  • http://www.4seasonsoffood.com/ Ranjani

    I remember playing restaurant too with my sister and cousins. Once we asked our parents if they would like the “catch of the day”, because we knew that was something waiters said in restaurants. They responded, “Tell us about the catch of the day”. We were stumped….we only knew the phrase and had no idea what it meant

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, that is too cute! :)

  • http://cookingmywaythroughmycsa.blogspot.com/ Sam

    Maple-mustard drizzle? Yum!

    I definitely played restaurant. And school. I used to save my workbooks from the previous school year and torture my younger brother and make him do pages out of them. I’m a terrible big sister.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, love it! I played school too- but I tortured the neighborhood kids younger than me and made them come over and learn! :)

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I loooooooved playing restaurant as a kid! My best friend and I would wake up after a sleepover, make menus for the parents, and then make them sit at the table and play restaurant with us. The plus side for them … we made breakfast and cleaned the kitchen.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh that is TOO CUTE! I’m sure the parents LOVED it!! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marialuisa-Echeberria/686282519 Marialuisa Echeberria

    WOW!, these look so yummy!. This is funny, my sister and I used to play she had a grocery´s and that I was going to buy food for my restaurant, jajaja….very funny.
    Love from the north of Spain
    Marialuisa

  • http://foodfitnessfrolicking.com/ Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking

    Apple and brie may or may not be one of my favorite combinations ever. And perfectly melted between a quesadilla? YUM

  • Proy912

    Sounds heavenly. I agree with Anna — great combination.

  • http://pearlandpine.blogspot.com/ sarah

    Love this! My sister and I used to play restaurant all the time too! I like the flavors in this quesadilla- bookmarked!

  • http://merigoesround.com/ meri

    haha- well it looks like you’ve gotten quite a bit more swanky in the “restaurant” biz since then!

  • http://quarterlifecrisiscuisine.blogspot.com/ Bee

    I’m a big fan of the apple/brie combo, and the drizzle is great :) I’ll have to try these next time I splurge on some brie!

  • http://twitter.com/FoodieAsmita Asmita

    I love brie cheese with apples. This looks wonderful!

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    I love the drizzle idea!

  • http://www.teczcape.blogspot.com/ tigerfish

    Coincidental! My brothers and I played “restaurant” too or rather played hawker (since I grew up in Asia) :P We would take jigsaw puzzle pieces to “fry” and packaged them in newspapers – like cooked food in a brown paper bag! We did not have sophisticated toys then so just made do with what we had.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh I love it- that is too cute!

  • http://bethmichelle.com/ Beth Michelle

    These are right up my alley! How delicious!! Apple and brie cannot go wrong!

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