Saturday, 6 March 2010

Easy Quesadillas



Who knew that quesadillas were so easy to make? Well, as it happens, Pam knew - and when I read about it on her blog, I had to have a go myself.

I only really discovered the joy of quesadillas while visiting the US last year - I went to a conference in Colorado where mushroom quesadillas were served as 'party food' at the welcome drinks evening, and then I enjoyed another one from a fast-food stall in Penn Station while waiting to come home from New York.

Speaking of which, why is fast food in the UK so completely boring? Seriously, folks - burgers, kebabs, and fried chicken?! Is that the best we can do? In the States there seems to be a 'fast' version of almost every cuisine - and Mexican definitely ranks among my favourites.

And this is so quick to make, it's perfect for a quick supper after a busy day. (I'm all in favour of super-fast meals, have you noticed...?)


Melting nicely...
Quesadilla

Sliced and ready to go...
Quesadilla


Vegetable Quesadillas
Serves 2

4 flour tortillas
1 sweet pepper
6 medium chestnut mushrooms
a handful of frozen peas
25g red leicester cheese
25g mature cheddar cheese
sprinklings of parmesan cheese, black pepper, and chilli flakes (to taste)
  1. Finely chop the pepper, and slice the mushrooms.
  2. Split all the fillings into two, and spread evenly across the surface of two tortillas. Use the remaining two tortillas as lids.
  3. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat, and put one of the tortilla sandwiches into the pan. Continue to heat gently for a couple of minutes.
  4. Once the cheese has melted, flip to toast the second tortilla (seriously, wait for the cheese to melt - I tried to flip one of mine too soon, and the filling went everywhere).
  5. Serve as soon as the mushrooms & peppers are cooked - it doesn't take very long. You can slice it and eat with your fingers. For something a little extra, serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole... any of the usual Mexican dips.


42 comments:

Chef E said...

I say this is a great way to also get our kids to eat their peas, I love peas!

You have made something wonderful and I want some now!

lakeviewer said...

Perfect food! Easy, inexpensive, full of good stuff.

I'd serve it with pico de gallo, and avocado slices on the side.

Thanks for the visit to my memoir blog. I appreciate your comments.

Livia said...

I grew up in New Mexico, where quesadillas are pretty standard. Sometimes people just do plain cheese. Chicken and apples are also good. If you want something more authetic, try chicken and green chili (although green chili may be hard to find outside of New Mexico).

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Mmmm, I love quesadillas. They're usually an appetizer, but Hubby made some last week that were a full meal. I'm lucky - he's the cook. I'm a foodienewbie who has a 50/50 success rate.
Thanks for following back!

Penny said...

Thanks! This sounds good - and nice and easy.

mel said...

we had quesadillas for dinner a couple nights ago too :)
our fillings have also included, tofu, chicken or beans but my all time fave is sweet potato with cheddar. mmmmm, it's so simple but sooo delicious!

Domestic Executive said...

I am a big fan of tortillas as a way of rustling up something quick and tasty. I've done something similar but instead of using two tortillas I used one and folded it in half. I found it much easy to keep the filling in after a disaster once leaving me with a massive clean up job on the cooker!

Tabor said...

Looks yummy. And you can do this with lots of variety...BBQ flavor, perhaps lentils and cheese, or even a little fruit and spices with cream cheese for a dessert.

Writing Without Periods! said...

We eat these all the time in USA. I use high fiber, low carb tortillas, too. That way there's no quilt. Your mushroom ones look delish.
Mary

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

I LOVE quesadillas, but have never tried making them myself. This looks do-able, I'm going to try it, thanks!

w said...

oh my goodness. yes, please.

Pam said...

Thanks for the mention!!! Your quesadillas look perfect! I bet you'll start making them all the time!

Lora said...

mmmm, yum! I've never done a mushroom quesadilla before! Something new to try next time... :)

Dreamer said...

MMMmmmm..... Quesadillas.... *Drool!*

I LOVE eating quesadillas (cheese, chicken, beef, WHATEVER!!) but i never tried making it myself. hehe^_^

btw, thanks for stopping by my blog! ^_^ as for my comment to the comment you posted on my blog: wouldn't it be fun to see people suddenly breaking into a song and dance number? Like in that movie, ENCHANTED. Have you seen that?

Stephanie V said...

Quesadillas - one of my favorites. And my grand-daughter was begging for one for lunch today. Sadly, they were out of tortillas. I had my hopes!
Yours looks so yummy - lots of veg.

ladyfi said...

I'm definitely going to try this: it looks delicious!

L.C.T. said...

This seriously just made me hungry...

Deanna said...

MMMmm. My kids love Quesadillas in their school lunch. (Green Olives and Old Cheddar)

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I would love to visit your neck of the woods some day!

I really enjoyed looking through your Flickr photos.

Deanna

Elle said...

MMMMM...I love Quesadillas. Breakfast Quesadillas (or even burritos) are good with mushroom, a little scrambled egg, peppers, onion. YUM!

JoeyRes said...

I love Quesadillas and you're right, they do make for an easy dinner.

Britti said...

they look really tasty! i gotta try them sometime :)
where did you learn german?
Wish you a lovely week! xo

~Shelley~ said...

Yum!! Those look amazing! We love quesadillas in our house! Of course, we pile on the sour cream and guacamole :)

Have a great Sunday!!

Cynthia at A Shimmy In My Spirit said...

Quesadillas are definitely popular here in California. I like making a salad and then triangle of quesadillas to go with it. Love avocados and black olives as well as cheese and onions in them.

Katie said...

Mm! I love quesadillas :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love yours :)

Kat @ www.TodaysCliche.com said...

Would never even THINK about adding peas! Great way to sneak in some veggies! Love your blog!

Freely Living Life said...

Excellent looking dish! Thanks for sharing.

Glad to come across another fellow traveler! <3

I found you through the "Friday Follow" and decided to follow you with Google Friend Connect. I look forward to further exploring your blog! Come on over and visit the Freely Living Life Family when you get a free moment. Happy blog hopping! <3

Chef Aimee said...

I seriously love peas so much and I LOVE that you put them in this quesadilla!

Fly Girl said...

Quesadillas are my favorite after chile relleno stuffed with cheese! Actually, I think English fast food is healthier than American. We have a lot of variety but also lots of nasty chemicals and fats pumped into them. I've also had samosas as a fast food in London, which tops my list of healthy and tasty.

italianmamachef said...

Hi there. Stopping by from SITS. I am glad you enjoyed my blog. I'll be sure to take a look around a fellow foodie's blog here.

SafeHomeHappyMom said...

Hi, I am your latest follower from FF, I am a tadbit late on the follow. I will hang around and read for a while. Hope you can follow me as well on my blog at www.safehomehappymom.com

dustinnikki said...

Looks yummy! I'm a little late but I saw your blog from Friday Follow. I didn't get to check out as many as I wanted to on friday. I'm a follower now!

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Nicole

The Good Cook said...

The quesadillas look great - but don't envy our fast food - it is TERRIBLE for you and is the major contributor of the obesity epidemic in our country. It is full of fat and nasty stuff -

eat naturally, cook well!

Debbie in Nashville said...

Yum! I never thought to use peas in the mix but it sounds good to me!

HeartsMakeFamilies said...

That looked really good. Stopping by from Friday Follow.

Tami
www.heartsmakefamilies.com

phd in yogurtry said...

And then there's sopapillas in minute. when the kids come home from school and want something sweet? take a tortilla, smear with butter, add cinnamon-sugar, roll, microwave for about 20 seconds. hot cinnamon bread treat.

I never knew mexican food til I moved to Texas and now, 20-something years later, I wonder how in the world I could have lived without it?

A Cuban In London said...

I love quesadillas and I happen to know a few Mexicans who live in my area and who make some yummy ones, such as the one in your recipe. I agree with you on takeaways in the UK. But I think the situation is beginning to change and what are usually called 'ethnic' restaurants are starting to include takeaways in their menu. Fingers crossed. :-)

Greetings from London.

Midday Escapades said...

Quesadillas are so yummy and I love the mushrooms you put in yours. Delicious!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love quesdillas. They're one of my staple go-to meals. Have you ever tried them with refried black beans? Oh yum!

Mhel said...

I can eat quesadillas forever and won't get sick and tired of it! Great recipe!

Found you on SITS!! Enjoy ur meal!!

Red Velvet Confections said...

I've never tried them with peas before but I do think I want quesadillas this week for dinner. Thanks for sharing!

Krissy said...

i love making quesadillas! i actually have a ton of sundried tomato tortillas that i need to use up. veggies are always great to include in a quesadilla.. kinda offsets the massive amount of cheese we need! you used some great ingredients!
-krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com

Natasha said...

Looks delicious!

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