Showing posts with label quesadillas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label quesadillas. Show all posts

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Quesadillas on the Grill

by Peg Cochran

Finally grilling season is here to stay in West Michigan.  We seem to have gone from ten foot piles of snow to summer in the space of a couple of days.  Spring was SHORT this year!

I was looking for something different to grill when I came up with the idea of quesadillas for dinner.  I checked some recipes and then decided to combine a couple of them to create my own variation.  Some were way too detailed for the mood I was in (late Sunday afternoon) and some didn’t have any meat in them, and I wanted these to be a main course not a snack.

I treated myself to a jar of Adobo Seasoning—something new for me.   It added a nice flavor to the chicken although I used it sparingly since the first ingredient listed is salt. 

This recipe is adaptable to your needs.  I grilled two chicken breasts (check out those grill marks!) and ended up using only one for two people and saving the other for lunches.

Sprinkle the chicken with Adobo seasoning and grill until your thermometer reads at least 165 degrees.

While the chicken is grilling, place a pepper of your choice (red, green, yellow, orange) on the grill.  Keep turning it until the skin blisters and blackens.  Remove from the grill and place in a plastic bag and allow it to steam until cool enough to handle.  Remove the charred skin and cut the pepper into thin strips. 

Cut grilled chicken into strips approximately the same size as the pepper strips.

Grate a good handful of cheese—I chose Monterey Jack, but you could use the cheese of your choice.  

 Place one tortilla on the grill and quickly arrange chicken and pepper on top and sprinkle with cheese.  Place another tortilla on top and press down with a spatula.  When the bottom tortilla is golden, flip them to grill the top tortilla.  (Next time I think I will put the fillings on half the tortilla and fold it in half to grill—easier to turn.) 

When the other side is golden, remove from grill.  Serve with toppings of your choice:  salsa, avocado, sour cream, salsa verde.  I like to put my toppings on top because, well, they are called “toppings.”  My husband likes to open the quesadilla and put his inside.  Kind of a you say tomato and I say “tom-ah-to” kind of thing.  

I served the quesadillas with a black bean salad.  No recipe, I just mixed a can of rinsed black beans, about a cup of corn, a half an avocado cut into small pieces and then tossed it with a lime/olive oil/cilantro dressing.  Perfect!

Trying a new seasoning.  Sprinkle on the chicken before grilling

Grill pepper until charred, steam in plastic bag and then remove skin

Black bean, corn and avocado salad makes a great side dish

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Felicidades!

First a little history: The holiday of
Cinco De Mayo, The 5th Of May,
commemorates the victory of the
Mexican militia over the French army

at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. It is
primarily a regional holiday celebrated
in the Mexican city of Puebla
and throughout the state of Puebla, with

some limited recognition in other parts of
Mexico, and especially in U.S. cities with
a significant Mexican population.

It is not Mexico's Independence Day,
which is actually September 16.
This year is especially important as Mexico will be celebrating its bicentennial!

And now onto the food! First off, we have the Hub's wonderful
tequila-lime salsa. If you missed it last time, it's worth checking
out. I am a salsa snob, and I have to say the Hub's is the best
I've ever tasted! Also, we have my very own enchilada casserole.
This is a fabulous dish to whip together using chicken, turkey or
beef. It's easy and delicious!

Another recipe I like to use because of its versatility is one for
a quick oven baked quesadilla. It can be made with chicken or
beef, I tend to use beef, and my favorite part of making it is

shopping for the ingredients. My sons and I like to shop at the
Ranch Market in Phoenix. It's a wonderful market that always
makes me feel as if I'm in Mexico (but the drive is much shorter).

The dudes and I spend a lot of time in the tortilleria,
watching the tortillas
being made and then it's on to the
meat counter for our carne asada. I enjoy so much about the
Hispanic culture in the Southwest. The art and history of our
neighbors to the south is truly fascinating. And the food, well,
I am pretty sure I can never leave the Valley of the Sun, because I
simply can not give up Mexican food. I am addicted.

Oven Baked Quesadillas


2 lbs carne asada, broiled and diced
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 whole wheat tortillas
pico de gallo
sour cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Put a tortilla flat on a baking sheet.

Layer on cheddar cheese and
carne asada, fold tortilla over.
Repeat three more times until
you have four folded tortillas.
Bake for 6-8 minutes until the
quesadillas are heated through
and crunchy on the outside.
Garnish with pico de gallo, sour
cream and guacamole
as desired.
Makes 8.


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