Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Baked Veggie Quesadillas

This is one of my favorite Mexican dishes. It can be either made as an appetizer or main course. It can be prepared plain or with veggies or chicken. There is no hard and fast rules for the filling. You can use your own imagination for the filling and seasoning. The following recipe is for veggie quesadillas.

Things you'll need:
Tortillas - 4
Mexican fiesta cheese blend - 1 lb
Bell peppers - (green and red) 2 cups
Onion - 1, diced
Garlic - 4 cloves minced
Cilantro - few sprigs
Salt and pepper - as required
Fajita seasoning (optional)
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Butter - as needed

Yield - 8 pieces


Step 1:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a pan, heat a little oil and saute onion, garlic and bell peppers with salt and pepper, fajita seasoning, salt and pepper and chilli powder, until the vegetables are almost cooked but still crunchy. Turn off the stove and add the cilantro. Divide the filling into equal parts depending how many tortillas you are using.

Step 2:
Take a tortilla on a paper plate spread some butter on both sides, add one portion of the filling to one half, add required amount of cheese blend, and close the tortilla. Prepare all the tortillas this way.

Step 3:
Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or just smear some butter on the sheet, place the quesadillas and bake them until the cheese melts.

Step 4:
Remove the quesadillas from the baking sheet and cut them into half. Serve them with guacamole and sour cream or your favorite dip.

You can also make them in a flat pan in the stove.
Make chicken quesadillas by adding cooked and diced chicken to the above mentioned filling.