Tuesday, 22 October 2013 22:27

On the beauty of quesadillas

Quesadillas -  they make for a great main dish, starter, party snack, breakfast… and best of all, they are easy and quick to make, freeze well and reheat beautifully.

What are quesadillas?

According to Wikipedia, ‘a quesadilla is a flour or corn tortilla filled with a savory mixture containing cheese, other ingredients and/or other vegetables and then folded in half to form a half-moon shape’. According to me it is soo much more -  it’s a soul food replacing chicken soup, it’s the best party snack ever, it’s by far the most important thing to always have in your freezer and it’s a little round playground for culinary experiments.

What do I put inside my quesadillas?

Anything you like really, but the most popular ingredients for quesadillas are:

  • onions (regular, red or green)
  • bell peppers (any color(s) you like)
  • tomatoes (best to remove seeds so they won’t get your quesadillas soggy)
  • mushrooms (fresh or canned)
  • sweet corn (canned or frozen)
  • olives (pitted, sliced, green or black)
  • beans (any kind, refried or whole)
  • grated cheese (mozzarella, cheddar… whatever you like)

mix and match as you please

You can also add sautéed chicken, turkey, beef or shrimp, ham or bacon. And who says you can’t add spinach, goat cheese, tuna, mangoes… you’re the boss!

How do I make my quesadillas?

Here too you’ll have several options, some people make them in the oven, I like to make mine in a grooved griddle (grill pan) for convenience those pretty, crunchy brown lines.

Ingredients: flour tortillas and a choice of the ingredients above

My very favorite way of preparing chicken for quesadillas:

marinate cubed chicken in lemon juice, honey, Mexican spice mix and grated garlic overnight

sauté for 4-6 minutes

let cool a bit before placing onto tortillas along with your other favorite ingredients

Directions: sprinkle cheese and your selected toppings onto the tortilla, fold in half, press together lightly, place in hot griddle, let brown slowly (about 2 minutes on each side) to allow the cheese to melt, remove and keep warm in the oven, covered with foil until you are ready to serve them.

How do I serve my quesadillas?

Leave them whole (half moon shaped) or cut into smaller wedges. If you don’t cut them into bite-sized wedges y

ou can serve shredded lettuce and sliced chili peppers with them and guests can pull their tortilla apart from the top to add those.

For wedges it’s fun to place different little dipping bowls with various salsas, sour cream, guacamole with them.

You can also make plain cheese quesadillas and then spend more time on creating some exciting (chunkier) salsas.

Whatever your ingredients, whichever way you serve your quesadillas,  you can be sure your family and guests will love them!

Here some more inspiration with an amazing list of literally hundreds of salsas to serve with your quesadillas

A wonderfully colorful book with fantastic recipe ideas for quesadillas is Quesadillas by Donna Kelly book quesadillas

Mary Anglberger

I’ve been travelling the world for over 20 years teaching English and am now taking time to follow my passion for photography and writing. I want to share all the things, events and people that have inspired and inspire me and spread those positive vibes all around.

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