Squash Blossom Quesadillas with Bacon and Tomatoes

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Squash Blossom Quesadillas with Bacon and Tomatoes

[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

About the author: Nick Kindelsperger is the editor of Serious Eats: Chicago. He loves tacos and spicy food. You can follow him as @nickdk on Twitter.

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  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time: 25 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 medium white onion, diced (about 3/4 cups)
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and diced
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 20 squash blossoms, stems and stamens removed, rinsed under cold water, roughly chopped
  • 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • Handful of cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup grated Oaxacan or Monterrey Jack cheese
  • 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges

Directions

  1. 1.

    Cook the bacon in a large 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy, about 6 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Transfer bacon fat to a small bowl and return 1 tablespoon to the skillet.

  2. 2.

    With the heat still on medium, add the onion, jalapeño, and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about four minutes. Add the garlic, stir well, and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add squash blossoms and tomatoes to skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the flowers are tender, five to eight minutes. When done, turn off the heat, stir in the cilantro, and crumble in bacon. If necessary, season with more salt. Scrape the mixture into a medium-sized bowl and wipe out skillet.

  3. 3.

    Place a quarter of the filling on each of the flour tortillas, spreading it out so it is evenly distributed. Sprinkle a quarter of the cheese on each. Heat 1/2 tablespoon bacon fat in skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add one tortilla, with the topping facing up. Cook for until tortilla is soft and cheese is just starting to melt, about 30 seconds fold the tortilla in half to form a half circle-shaped sandwiche. Continue to cook, turning occasionally, until cheese is melted and both sides are browned and crisp. Transfer to a cutting board and repeat with remaining quesadillas.

  4. 4.

    Cut each quesadilla into four wedges, and serve at once with lime wedges.