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Mexican Quesadillas

A quesadilla is a wheat or corn tortilla filled with cheese, a savoury mixture, and/or vegetables. It can be pan-fried or baked and is typically made using equal parts cheese and chicken. Below are a few ideas of ingredients that could be used.

5 ml canola or sunflower oil or butter
flour tortilla (23 to 25.4 centimeter)
½ cup/50 g grated cheese (Gouda, Cheddar, Fontina, Gruyère or Mozzarella
60 ml fresh herbs, e.g. parsley, basil, chives or spring onion
125 ml/120 grams variable filling ingredients, e.g.

  • Fresh vegetables, e.g. Rocket, baby spinach, diced tomatoes or sweet pepper, etc.
  • Cooked vegetables, e.g. diced eggplant, roasted sweet peppers, sliced mushrooms, etc.
  • Canned vegetables: beans, black olives (sliced), corn, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.
  • sliced or shredded meat, e.g. cooked chicken breast, pulled pork, steak, prawns

Garnish
Home-made tomato salsa
Gaucamole
sour cream

  1. Heat the oil in a 30 cm frying pan over medium or medium-high heat.
  2. Place the tortilla on the skillet once the butter has melted.  Toast the tortilla slightly on both sides.
  3. Add the grated cheese to the whole tortilla.
  4. Start adding the variable ingredients to one half of the tortilla only. You will be folding the tortilla in half later. Avoid putting too many fillings in, or your tortilla will be too bulky and tear.
  5. Wait until the cheese begins to melt fold the tortilla in half.
  6. Slip a turner under the tortilla and fold it over onto the filling.
  7. Gently press the tortilla flat with the turner.
  8. Transfer the quesadilla to a cutting board. If there is any excess grease on the tortilla, you can wipe it off using a paper towel.
  9. Cut the quesadilla into wedges. Cut the quesadilla in half using a sharp knife, then cut each wedge in half again, creating four pizza-like slices.
  10. Serve the quesadilla with toppings of your choice, e.g. tomato salsa, Gaucamole or sour cream.

Variation: Oven-baked Quesadilla’s

  1. Preheat the oven to (200°C) and line a baking tray with a Wizbake baking sheet.
  2. Lightly grease a tortilla and set it down on the baking sheet. Make sure that it is greased-side down. The grease will help make the quesadilla crispy.
  3. Sprinkle the cheese over the tortilla.
  4. Add your chosen fillings and spread them across the entire tortilla.
  5. Cover with another tortilla and  gently press down on your tortilla with the back of your turner – this helps “seal” it.
  6. Place the baking tray in the middle of the oven and bake the quesadilla for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove the quesadilla from the oven and flip the quesadilla over with a turner.
  8. Return the quesadilla to the oven and return the baking tray to the oven.
  9. Bake the quesadilla for another 5 minutes or until it is golden brown.
  10. Cut the quesadilla into wedges and serve with toppings of your choice, e.g. tomato salsa, Gaucamole or sour cream.