Friday, July 15, 2011

Quesadillas reprise

Every so often I have an "Oh DOY!" moment.  Oh who am I kidding, it happens to me all the time.  That moment when you realize you've been doing it the HARD way when the EASY way was right in front of you.

(Image courtesy of internet)

I'm a mentor, and my "mentee" is a wonderful Latina middle schooler who shares my love of cooking.  Her specialty is quesadillas.  So today we picked up some ingredients and using my leftover grilled chicken we made lunch for my daughters.   I set up my griddle then watched her magic.  

Here's her simple method:
Get the griddle heated.
Lightly butter BOTH sides of a flour tortilla.  Warm both sides on the griddle.
Put the filling on one half of the tortilla - we used a Mexican shredded cheese blend and sliced grilled chicken.  She likes to use ham.
Turn half the tortilla over onto the filling, like a calzone, and crimp the edges shut with your spatula end.
Keep grilling and flipping until the outsides are nicely crisped.

So DOY! I had been doing the ridiculous method of trying to fill two tortillas at a time, like a giant round sandwich, and attempting to flip that.  Of course every flip resulted in a grill covered with loose cheese and meat.  Never too old to learn I guess.


Kireliols said...

That is a really great idea. I've been doing the same as you and I usually burn myself in the process.

Anonymous said...

Mmmmm.. quesadillas.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I used to do the same thing. Now I fold mine before cooking.

MommyLisa said...

Ham. mmmmmm

Churlita said...

Quesadillas are one of my favorite easy snacks to make - except I always want homemade de gallo and guac for them too.

evleky said...

yeah.... crimp like an omelette

Sheleta said...

You are such a wonderful woman. You got three children and a husband but take the time to mentor children. I can't find time to bathe and brush my teeth at the same time. So how in the heck do you do it all and still find the time to blog and keep us laughing with your wisdom?