Simple Mexican Quesadillas!

Quesadillas are a simple and delightful food. if you haven’t had one before…they are just a corn tortillas with cheese and other fillings that are grilled/fried and folder over. Despite the tex-mex versions that I grew up with in America, traditionally this fabulous recipe is made with corn tortillas and not flour tortillas…yet another win for those of us in the wheat and gluten-free club! Here in the UK, the ingredients for proper quesadillas are also not the easiest things to get hold of, so the recipe will take into consideration that you may use what you can get! 🙂 (if all you can get are flour tortillas and your body works with that, they are still quite tasty.)

Again if you want to order fresh corn tortillas made in England, you can get them here…along with lots of other delightful mexican delicacies! If you’re in the US, you should be able to get them at your corner store! (lucky!)

The cheeses that are normally used in quesadillas are Queso Oaxaca, (which is a cheese that is similar in flavour to medium cheddar but stringy like mozzarella) and manchego or queso typo manchego (manchego type cheese) which has nothing in common with Spanish manchego that we get here.  In the US,  monterey jack is probably the most similar and here in the UK a mild to medium cheddar would be closest in flavour and texture. You could also mix in a little pulled string cheese for texture.

A bit of olive oil or butter for brushing your pan or griddle
6 medium Corn Tortillas
1 cup shredded medium strength cheddar, monterey jack, or mexican cheese

place the tortillas on a medium hot griddle or pan brushed lightly with olive oil or butter.
turn them after about 30 seconds to the other side…they should be coloured a bit but not too dark.
add the cheese generously on one side of the tortilla and fold over.

Quesadillas are done when cheese is melted and outside is crispy!
Enjoy with salsa, guacamole, soured cream, and pickled jalepenos!

Don’t forget to experiment with fillings. I love to add black beans and chilies, roasted veg, and lovely fresh tomatoes!

all photos used in this blog are sourced from flickr and licensed through Creative Commons. To find out more info about the photographer and enjoy more of their photos, please click on the picture itself and you will be taken to their flickr page! Enjoy!

CATEGORIES : cuisine, Mexican Mayhem Month, Recipes/ AUTHOR : Lo.

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American born Lobelia isn’t just your typical singer-songwriter. A multi-instrumentalist who worked as a studio musician for 10+ years, she has won multiple awards for her songwriting, has been featured in Billboard Magazine, and was one of the original Women of MP3.COM in the early days of the Internet. In the UK for 10+ years now, she hosts several acclaimed songwriter nights at Tower of Song, shortlisted by the PRS as one of Birmingham’s best small venues. She can sometimes be seen performing with celebrated solo? bassist, Steve Lawson. (aka Mr. Lo)An advocate for sustainable touring, she travels the world performing at house concerts and small venues.