Apple Cheddar Lettuce Cups

Bag items: apples, bibb lettuce, carrots, cheddar cheese, honey

Well, there are apples in the delivery bags and school busses back out on the roads, which can only mean that Fall is right around the corner.   While some may be sad to see the warm weather go, there are lots of things to look forward to: fall squash, football season, fall foliage, and of course, apples! While apples are delicious on their own, I thought it would be nice to spice things up a bit and add some different flavors and textures to this snack. What I came up with is an apple cheddar lettuce cup with a mustard-apple cider vinaigrette dressing. The dressing cuts the richness of the cheddar and balances the sweetness of the apple perfectly!  Making things even easier, did you know that you can order cheddar cheese in your delivery bag?  Check out the different types of cheese available from Hometown Harvest by clicking on the “Dairy” section, then navigating to “Cheese.”

This would be a great after-school snack for the kids, or an after-work snack for adults! It comes together in minutes, makes use of lots of fresh vegetables, and is quite tasty!

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Here is how it comes together:

First, cut your apples either into slices or small pieces. I tried both, and both work well!  Top with some cheddar.

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Next, pop the tray under the broiler for about 5 minutes, until your apples look something like this:

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Mix up the dressing, and you are ready to assemble!

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Don’t they look yummy?

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Finally, roll up the sides of the lettuce, and dig in!

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Apple Cheddar Lettuce Cups

2 apples, sliced or chopped, any variety will do
1 head of bibb lettuce, leaves separated
1 carrot, chopped into long, thin slices
8-10 slices of cheddar cheese

Dressing:
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 ½ Tbsp. olive oil
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Slice or chop your apples, then arrange on parchment paper on a cookie sheet., and top with a piece of cheddar cheese.
  • Broil until the cheese is melted and just beginning to brown (approximately 5 minutes)
  • While you are waiting impatiently for the cheese to brown, separate the leaves from your bibb lettuce and assemble the carrots.
  • To make the dressing, whisk all ingredients together.
  • When the apples are ready, take out of the oven, place on top of a lettuce cup, top with carrots and ½ tsp. dressing. Enjoy!
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