'quesadillas' on Serious Eats
Freshly made, crisp tortillas, filled with chicken, gooey cheese, and a zingy tomatillo salsa make a fun, quick dinner.
There are a few tricks when it comes to making great quesadillas. Stuffing plays no small part in it. The day after Thanksgiving, that means turkey, along with shredded cheese (a good melting one like Jack or mozzarella-like Oaxacan string cheese), a secondary ingredient (you can go with leftover sweet potatoes or brussels sprouts or, as in this case, canned beans), and—and this is of vital importance—something pickled. Here's how it's done.
After roasting, peeling, and chopping fresh Hatch chiles, I like to throw them in between a couple of tortillas, along with some grated cheddar and jack cheeses, and some grilled chicken thighs that were previously bathed in tequila and lime juice. The heat and earthiness of the Hatch chiles are a great match to the citrus tang of the chicken thighs.
What can be better than combining fresh crab meat, avocado, and cheese? This simple dinner is also served with a tomato and avocado concoction on the side to round it out.
Squash blossoms are the only flowers I genuinely love cooking, probably because they can take the abuse. But while they don't have to be treated like dainty little treats, you also wouldn't want to completely cover up their flavor. Making a squash blossom quesadilla requires some restraint.
Gooey, spicy quesadillas are an inexpensive, hangover-abating and crowd-pleasing snack. But crispy ones, like the kind you find in bars? They're hard to come by at home. The key to making them pub-worthy is having an appropriate cheese-to-tortilla ratio, a bit of oil, and high heat.
Most of their business is take-out but sitting at one of the four folding tables is best, as to minimize the seconds in which the food moves from the griddle to your mouth.
It was a pretty natural jump to create this quick mashup when I was rummaging through my fridge and found a whole slew of leftover scallions from my scallion pancake testing, along with a block of extra-sharp cheddar.
Coyoacán is a quaint, peaceful neighborhood in the south of the city. Often billed as a sort of Mexican Greenwich Village, it has the feel of a small, vibrant town— probably because for most of its history, it was. Our main order of business was visiting the market. On our shopping list: masa quebrada (masa that's been stone ground by hand), salsa prepared in molcajete (a Mexican mortar and pestle made of volcanic rock), and quesadilla filled with huitlacoche (corn smut).
"We kind of had the opposite problem that anyone stateside has... Kimchi is not exactly hard to come by here, and when you live in a neighborhood adjacent to a military base that houses several thousand U.S. military personnel, cheese and tortillas aren't either; it's just that they're severely overpriced. I had to spend about $12 for like half a pound total of cheddar and monterey jack." —tumblandrew.tumblr.com (in response to yesterday's Dinner Tonight recipe)...