A quesadilla is a wheat tortilla or a corn tortilla filled with cheese, a savoury mixture, and/or vegetables, often cooked on a griddle, then folded in half to form a half-moon shape. (Wikipedia)
In the last few months the humble quesadilla has become my absolute go to food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Smashing the boundary of what can actually be termed a quesadilla I am constantly finding more and more interesting ways to serve them up.
The obsession really ramped up a gear when B trotted off to Argentina for a week leaving me in sole charge of the six year old (gulp). We did grand me and the nipper but by the time I had put her down at night and tidied up a bit there was little time left to whip up something tasty for dinner, even pasta seemed like too much trouble. Enter the quesadilla – a bag of tortilla wraps and a seemingly inexhaustible range of fillings saved the day. Add to that a chilled bottle of San Miguel and I had a meal fit for a queen.
Before long my notoriously picky daughter got in on the fried sarnie act. Once you find something this one will eat – you stick with it and with it and with it.
I don’t really need to tell anybody how to make a quesadilla. You get two tortilla wraps and fill them like a sarnie then fry them in some oil so that the filling is nice and toastie and the tortilla is nice and crispy craspy – simples!
I will share some of my favourite fillings:
THE TRAD ONE
Cook some finely chopped red onion, garlic and chopped chillies in a little olive oil. Once softened add cumin, lime juice and a can of kidney beans. Smash the lot up with a fork or a mini-masher (do you get such a thing – if not then you should). Use this as your filling and top with cheese. Serve with lashings of soured cream.
THE DAY AFTER THE NIGHT BEFORE ONE
Left over chilli with grated cheese and thinly sliced avocado. Go easy on the meat mixture or you will have to eat it with a knife and fork. Can get a bit on the sloppy side.
THE MEDITERRANEAN ONE
Sliced cooked chicken breast with grated parmesan and a healthy dollop of pesto – what is not to like
THE QUEEN BEE
A personal favourite – a few slices of prosciutto topped with a hard or semi hard goat’s cheese. Crumble some walnuts over the top and finish with a drizzle of honey before serving.
Grated cheese, sliced cooked chorizo, sliced avocado and liberal dusting of paprika
Mini Grumbling Tummy Favourites:
Quesadilla filled with mashed banana and nutella for a breakfast treat. Treat! Who am I kidding? This is now a staple
Cheese and beans – again like the chilli go easy on the beans due to the slop factor
Cheese and ham or cheese and sliced frankfurters
I realise the little one’s choices are lacking in worthy ingredients like kale or even the odd carrot chucked in – but then they wouldn’t be her favourites would they? Besides when this kids eats anything with gusto we go with it.
Nice to be back after a rather long Christmas break. Now I am off to fry up a quesadilla.
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/73343592@N08/15186627344″>Sharp Cheddar Quesadilla with Fresh Apple Salsa via photopin (license)