Quesadillas – a Cheesy Good Appetizer for Cinco De Mayo

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You don’t have to be Hispanic to love the flavors of Mexican food. Those South of the Border favorites like tacos and burritos have become American staples. With a few simple ingredients, you can have a quesadilla in a matter of minutes. A quesadilla is a great appetizer for parties, or a filling and delicious lunch.

Ingredients:

  • Flour tortillas (use two per party quesadilla, one for single serving)
  • Salsa* (make your own or use your favorite brand)
  • Cheese (jack is traditional, a blend of shredded cheeses is even easier)

If you’re making a pile of quesadillas for a party, set them up on your counter to automate the process. To make eight quesadillas for a party, you should have 16 flour tortillas, a good sized jar of salsa (32 oz probably although you might not use it all) and at least 16 oz of shredded jack or “mexican” cheese.

Party Quesadillas: (assembly line method)

  • Place first flour tortilla on a plate or paper towel. Set out as many of these as you’ll be making, or as many as your counter-tops allow.
  • Spread a tablespoon of salsa on each tortilla (amount is approximate, depending on how saucy and spicy you want your result).
  • Distribute a handful of shredded cheese evenly over the salsa. Be generous with the cheese, but if you’re making party appetizers, make sure you have enough for the number of quesadillas you’re making. For instance, if you plan to make eight (8) quesadillas (cut into fourths that’s 32 wedges) and you have a package of shredded cheese that has 16 ounces, make sure you use only two ounces of cheese per quesadilla. You probably don’t want to use any less than one ounce of cheese per quesadilla.
  • Place a second flour tortilla over the cheese.

Microwave on a dinner plate or other microwave-safe surface for about 1 minute per quesadilla (depending on your microwave, so experiment). Make sure the cheese in the center of the circle is hot and melted by pushing on the center with your fingertip.

Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut the hot quesadillas into quarters.

You can take these to a pot luck and give them a quick zap in the microwave to warm them before serving.

To make one quesadilla for a quick snack or small lunch:

Place flour tortilla on a dinner plate. Spread salsa on one half, distribute cheese over the salsa. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the cheesy-salsa side. Microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds.

*Use a milder salsa if you’re serving children, their taste-buds are usually a bit sensitive to spicy foods.

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