How to make a Quesadilla

QuesadillaIs a Quesadilla Cheesy?

As a child, growing up we always had this fascination snack that my siblings and I could make thanks to the technology of the microwave.  We called it a Cheese Crisp; which just consisted of a flour tortilla and cheese; maybe you know it.  Technically it was suppose to be done in the oven, hence the words, Cheese “Crisp”, but at 8 years old, that was way above my pay grade, so the microwave worked just fine.  It wasn’t until years later that I heard of the Quesadilla and I remember thinking, “What’s the big deal?  It’s just a Cheese Crisp folded in half.”  But, the Quesadilla is on more menus and just about everybody knows about them and I still make both to this day.  So let’s go ahead and dig into making one of these cheesy recipes.

First things first, you’ll need some flour tortillas and cheese.  Now traditionally we always used cheddar cheese, and you can use either mild or sharp, just pick your favorite.  However, if you want to step into my gym, I would recommend you grabbing some Pepper Jack Cheese.  That’s my favorite.  Now the beautiful thing about making a true Quesadilla is, much like a Frittata, you can put anything you want inside.  Onions, peppers, Chicken and beef are just a few common practices amongst kitchens.  You decide how much flavor you want to squeeze from your Quesadilla.   Ultimately how hungry you are and how much effort you want to put into it will also be a factor.  I would however recommend that if you put in any of the above items I mentioned that you take the time to sauté the veggies and grill the chicken or steak.  That will intensify the power and flavor of your Quesadilla to the point you may feel you want to die and go to heaven.

A Quesadilla Ingredients:

1 flour tortilla
1/2 cup Cheese (Cheddar or Pepper Jack)
2 tbs green chilis

For this recipe I keep it simple.  The ingredients are tortillas, chilis and cheese.  So if these are the only items in your refrigerator, that’s all you really need.  Just fill one side of your tortilla with your favorite cheese, then scatter some chili’s over the top, fold and sear in a hot pan over medium for half a minute on each side, or until you reach your desired color.  The most important thing is that the cheese melts.  That’s it and that’s all.  In no time you’ll be enjoying one of my family’s favorite snacks, a Quesadilla!

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I'm just a regular guy in search of his bliss and I find that bliss in food and all of its many cultural differences. A very seasoned and experience chef taught me how to use my pallet to best serve and prepare a dish with all of its natural flavors from other foods before ever introducing “forced flavoring”, such as salt. My goal isn’t just to teach how to incorporate these products into simple gourmet dishes but to show, how easy, it can be done from anyone's Kitchen with cheaper, convenient substitutions that will not only blow your mind, but insure that most no one will be able to ever tell the difference! Welcome to The Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen!

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