Easy Apple Pie: Apple-Cheese Casserole

Quick and Easy Apple Pie
Quick and Easy Apple Pie | Source

Apple Pie Recipes

If you’re an American cook, you probably have several apple pie recipes. You know – as American as apple pie and all that. I’m pretty sure, however, that apple pie is enjoyed in other nations around the globe, too, and there are tons of variations on the apple pie theme. That’s especially true if you use the term “apple pie” loosely. If it has sweet apple filling and some type of crust, it qualifies, as far as I’m concerned. That leads me to today’s topic: a different sort of apple pie. Yes, it has a sweet apple filling and a pastry crust, but it’s not your traditional apple pie recipe. For one thing, it’s a heck of a lot easier to make. And for another, one of the ingredients is one you don’t usually find in an apple pie recipe!

This apple pie is awesome!
This apple pie is awesome! | Source

Quick and Easy Apple Pie

You’ve all heard the old saying, “Easy as apple pie.” I’ve always wondered who came up with that saying. I think it had to have been someone who had never made a homemade apple pie from scratch. I, on the other hand, have created apple pies from scratch, and it ain’t all that easy! You have to peel, core, and slice the apples. You have to make the pie crust and roll it out to just the right thickness. Then you have to trim it to fit the pie plate. And you’re still not done.

Traditional apple pie also has a top crust or a lattice, so you have to make that, too. Well, my friends, forget all that complicated stuff. You don’t have to do any of it to make this yummy apple pie. My quick and easy apple pie recipe really is as easy as pie! You can have this quick dessert on the table and ready to devour in less than thirty minutes – from start to finish.


Apple Pie Filling

Do you make your apple pie filling from scratch, or do you use canned pie filling? To be honest, I do both. It depends on what type of pie I’m making and on how much time I have to devote to baking a pie. Even when I use canned apple pie filling, however, I always have to “doctor it up” a little. I usually add some butter, some cinnamon, and some ground cloves. Sometimes I have to add more sugar, and sometimes the canned filling needs just a pinch of salt.

When I make homemade apple pie filling from scratch, I like to use Granny Smith apples. In a pinch, I’ve used other apple varieties, including Jonathan and Gala, but the results weren’t quite as good as the flavors I get from Granny Smith apples.


Which apple varieties do you like best for making pies?
Which apple varieties do you like best for making pies? | Source

Apples and Cheese

When I was a kid, I’d sometimes see adults melting a slice of cheese on their apple pie. I didn’t get it. In fact, I thought it was pretty weird. Apple pie was supposed to be topped with ice cream or whipped cream – not cheese. As I grew older, my taste buds became a little more adventurous. Now I love the flavor combination of apples and cheese. To tell you the truth, now I’d rather have cheese on my apple pie instead of ice cream. That’s if I had to choose between the two. Since I don’t, I can have both: cheese and ice cream.

With this apple pie recipe, you don’t have to melt a slice of cheese on top of your slice of apple pie. The cheese is already melted into the apple pie recipe! The type of cheese you use is totally up to you, but I prefer sharp cheddar. The salty, savory flavor of the cheese is wonderful with the sweet, slightly tart flavor of the apples. Of course, everyone is different, so you might prefer using mild cheddar. Another interesting choice is Colby, or a blend of Colby and cheddar.

The amount of cheese you use in the casserole is up to you, too. you might like the apple pie filling to have just a kiss of cheesiness, or you might like the filling to be ooey gooey cheesy on top.

Line the baking dish with tjhe crescent roll crust.
Line the baking dish with the crescent roll crust. | Source
Bake until the crust begins to brown on the edges.
Bake until the crust begins to brown on the edges. | Source
Combine apple pie filling ingredients.
Combine apple pie filling ingredients. | Source
Turn filling into crust.
Turn filling into crust. | Source
Add grated cheese.
Add grated cheese. | Source
Make pastry strips from remaining dough.
Make pastry strips from remaining dough. | Source
Arrange strips over filling.
Arrange strips over filling. | Source
Serve this apple and cheese pie with ice cream!
Serve this apple and cheese pie with ice cream! | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 19 min
Ready in: 24 min
Yields: Makes about 10 - 12 servings.

Ingredients

  • butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 2 packages (8 oz. each) refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 2 cans (20 oz. each) apple pie filling
  • 1/3 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 - 1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with butter-flavored cooking spray.
  2. Open one package of crescent roll dough and unroll the triangles. Use them to cover the bottom of the casserole dish. Pinch seams together and press them with your fingers to smooth them. Open the other roll of dough and use half of it for lining the sides of the casserole dish. Again, pinch and smooth the seams together.
  3. Bake the empty pastry shell for about seven minutes, just until the dough begins to get puffy and starts to slightly brown on the edges. Remove casserole dish from oven.
  4. While the dough shell is baking, make the filling. In a large plastic or glass bowl, place the butter. Microwave the butter until it melts. Stir in the canned apple pie filling, the brown sugar, the cinnamon, and the cloves. Spoon the filling into the partially baked shell. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the apple pie filling.
  5. Use remaining crescent roll dough to make strips for adding to the top of the casserole/pie. I use four long strips and five shorter strips. An easy way to make the dough strips is to roll a portion of dough into a long rope and then flatten the rope. Arrange strips of dough over top of casserole, pressing them lightly against the other part of the crust. Return casserole dish to oven. Bake for about twelve minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
  6. Allow your apple pie to cool slightly once you’ve removed it from the oven. Like most apple pie recipes, the apple-cheddar casserole is wonderful topped with vanilla ice cream…or whipped cream...or both! To give it a little more kick, I sometimes sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon or ground ginger on top of my ice cream, whipped cream, or non-dairy whipped topping. If you can get your hands on some cinnamon-flavored ice cream, don’t pass it up. It’s great with this dessert! If you don’t have any ice cream or whipped cream, no problem. This apple pie recipe is yummy enough to stand on its own.

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Homeplace Series 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

That looks really delicious. I'm drooling, right now. Thank you for sharing the recipe!


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Everything looks delicious, I can already taste it. I shall show your hub to my daughter. Here's hoping!

Graham.


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Yummy! I love apple pie. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I would love to try this.


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msdielise 2 years ago

Looks yummy. Nice guide fellow hubber and thanks for sharing the recipe. Just like Thelma said, I will also try this recipe of yours. I am a failure baker, lol. Baking is really not my forte but since I might get married soon I need to learn how to bake and make pie for my in-laws during occasional and weekend visits. Have a nice day:)


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I love the idea of adding cheese and will have to give it a try sometime. Thanks for sharing!


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i love the way you resent your apple cheese article.


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gmwilliams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

This is an unusual twist on apple pie. Habee, as usual, continues to amaze and astound the reading public. Excellent hub would be the understatement of the year. This hub and recipe are beyond excellent. It is infinity and beyond regarding hubs and recipes.


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ecogranny 2 years ago from San Francisco

I love apple pie, the more apples the better, and I like your idea of laying the crust in a rectangular dish. I have eaten apple pie with strips of sharp cheese on the side, but I far prefer it with ice cream or whipping cream. Thanks for an unusual recipe.


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poetryman6969 19 months ago

Apples and cheese, I'm in. I don't think it would be my favorite but I darn sure want to try it at least once.


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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Holly, this was a great hub on how to make an easy apple pie. It's very useful and awesome too. Voted up!


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Rachelle Williams 15 months ago from Tempe, AZ

I want a slice of this right now...

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