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11 Sweet and Savory Ways to Pair Apples and Cheddar that Aren't Pie

Cheddar cheese and apples? Believe us, it works.

Do you love a slice of sharp cheddar cheese on your apple pie? If you said yes, then you're in for a real treat because this sweet and savory combo can be used across the board. Think grilled cheese, soups, burgers, and more. If you're looking to go beyond the American apple pie with cheese tradition and indulge in this flavor combinations, then take a look at these apple and cheddar cheese recipes.

Even if you despise cheddar cheese on your slice of apple pie, you won't be able to resist these gooey, fruit-filled delicious recipes.

1. Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits with Bacon and Apple

Nothing goes better than an apple and cheese pairing all mixed into one. Although gouda, gruyere and blue cheese are delicious, nothing hits the spot quite like cheddar with apples. This biscuit recipe uses white cheddar, bacon, apples, and fresh rosemary. Add a touch of unsalted butter to the tops to finish them off! Or, to really go crazy with the apples, use apple butter!

Get the recipe here.

2. Apple Bacon Mac and Cheese

Speaking of comfort food, take a look at this sweet and savory bowl. It's got gooey cheese, bits of bacon, and sweet apples in every delicious bite. Use a Pink Lady or Fuji apple for the perfect sweetness!

Get the recipe here.

3. Apples and Cheddar Chicken Salad

If you're trying to be a bit more healthy with your meal plan, whip up this satisfying salad recipe. This harvest bowl has a bed of crunchy Romaine lettuce, grilled chicken breast, Granny Smith and Red Delicious apples, cubed cheddar, walnuts, and a homemade honey yogurt dressing.

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4. Sharp Cheddar and Apple Grilled Cheese

A gooey grilled cheese oozing with cheesy goodness is already hard enough to pass up. And when you throw in grainy Dijon mustard and Granny Smith apple slices it's impossible.

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5. Apple and Cheddar Cheese Soup

Of course, you'll want a soup to pair the grilled cheese with. Double up on the combo and try this recipe. The creamy soup calls for onions, carrots, veggie broth, tart apples, shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper, and a hint of apple juice.

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6. Brie + Cheddar Apple Beer Soup

If you're looking for soup as the meal itself, then try this rich decadent cheddar apple recipe. It has sweet onion, Honeycrisp apples, apple cider, chicken stock, whole milk, herbs, brie, sharp cheddar cheese, and pumpkin beer. And it's topped with a cinnamon pecan oat crumble. That right there screams fall.

Get the recipe here.

7. Apple Cheddar Turkey Burgers

Move over cranberries, apple and cheddar are taking over the turkey. This juicy, lean turkey burger is best topped with a slice of melted cheddar cheese and apple slices with a little maple Dijon mustard to seal in the deal.

Get the recipe here.

8. Crostini with Caramelized Onion, Cheddar, and Proscuitto Wrapped Apples

If a little taste is all you crave, you can't go wrong with these phenomenal crostinis. Rather than simply pilling up the crostini with apples and cheese, this recipe takes it a step further with onions caramelized in whiskey and wrapping prosciutto around the apple slices before placing them on top the melted cheese. This would be a terrific party appetizer.

Get the recipe here.

Chef's Note: For extra bite, try it with extra sharp white cheddar.

9. Beet and Cheddar Apple Pizza

Why not take things to the max and try them out on a pizza? This recipe by Well Plated would be a fun one to bust out at the next pizza party night.

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10. Apple, White Cheddar, and Rosemary Bagels

Apples and cheddar aren't just for dinner. Try them for breakfast on a toasted bagel. All you need are some green apple slices, sharp white cheddar, a hint of fresh rosemary, and perhaps a spoonful of some pepper jelly. Plus, with minimal prep time and cook time, you can be out the door in a snap.

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11. Caramelized Apple and Cheddar Cheese Soft Pretzel with Apple Cider Dipping Sauce

Since we left off the pie, we decided to through a super special baked good recipe your way. Just take a look at these amazing carb-filled sweet and savory pretzels.

The soft, salty pretzel is filled with an apple mixture comprised of Gala apples, brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and sharp cheddar cheese. It's then paired with an apple cider dipping sauce! To make you feel a little better, it does call for whole wheat flour rather than all purpose flour, so that makes it healthy right?

Get the recipe here.

This post was originally published on October 6, 2020.