Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cheese & Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas

Food Network asked us to contribute a recipe using cheese and vegetables on our blogs this week. I immediately thought of quesadillas.  What a perfect year round dish!  Grilled tortillas, gooey melting cheese and your favorite vegetables...What could be better than that?  (If you are me, the answer would be adding salsa and guacamole...and maybe a margarita or two)

This non-recipe recipe is more of a technique.  Use the amount of cheese and vegetables you like, (but don't overdo the cheese).  I plan on serving 2 quesadillas per person and I like using whole wheat tortillas because I like the taste with the grilled vegetables.  White or corn tortillas can also be used.  Add a salad and lunch or dinner is served!  Enjoy.

Cheese & Grilled Vegetable Quesadillas
(make as many as you like)
whole wheat tortillas
grated cheese (cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella, or your favorite type)
fresh, organic or sustainably grown in season vegetables...whatever you like or is in your CSA box.  I used red and yellow bell peppers, leeks, anaheim chiles, jalapenos and spring onions)
marinated tomatoes (or fresh, in season)
salsa homemade or purchased
guacamole homemade or purchased
sour cream
extra virgin olive oil
seasoned rice vinegar
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Wash and cut vegetables into slices or bite sized pieces.  Lightly oil your grilling surface. Grill either outside on a BBQ or inside using a grill pan or panini press. Remove from heat and set aside.  Oil the grill or grill pan and place the tortillas on the hot grill. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until grill marks show.  Add a small handful of cheese (about 1/4 cup) and let the cheese melt.  Add a handful of vegetables and fold tortilla in half.  Flip over and grill on other side for a minute or two.

Remove from heat and cut in half.  Serve immediately with salsa, guacamole, sour cream and greens lightly dressed with olive oil ,rice vinegar sea salt and pepper.

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It is "Something Cheesy" week at Food Network's Sensational Sides roundup. Check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends. Do you have a favorite cheese recipe ? Feel free to share in the comments section or link to your blog if you have one. 

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