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Cheddar with Sautéed Apples and Brown Bread

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 2 bread strips, 4 apple wedges, and 2 cheese slices)
The combination of cheddar and apples is timeless, but this dish gives that classic pair a slightly different twist. The apples are sweetened, lightly spiced, and cooked to create a wonderful contrast with the sharp cheese and crunchy, earthy bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 tart-sweet apples (such as Gala, Braeburn, or Fuji), each cored and cut into 16 wedges
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 (1-ounce) slices pumpernickel bread
  • 4 ounces extrasharp cheddar cheese, cut into 16 slices

Nutrition Information

  • calories 150
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 5 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 1.4 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 4.9 g
  • carbohydrate 22.9 g
  • fiber 2.2 g
  • cholesterol 15 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 186 mg
  • calcium 114 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place apples in a medium bowl; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Toss well to coat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add apple mixture, and cook 4 minutes or until thoroughly heated, turning frequently. Remove from heat; cool slightly.

  3. Cut each bread slice crosswise into 4 strips. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 5 minutes or until tops are toasted. Turn strips over; bake for 3 minutes or until the tops are toasted. Cool completely. Serve with apples and cheese.