Quesadilla Bar

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Quesadilla Bar

Quesadilla Bar

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You’ve tried a potato bar and maybe even a soup bar, but have you ever offered your family a quesadilla bar for dinner? I found this article in one of my magazines. It’s titled “so-easy quesadillas” It was like a light bulb going off over my head when I read it. I made it for my family that night and have since served it many times including at an activity to feed 8 hungry teenage girls! What makes it so wonderful is it’s versatility, simplicity and the opportunity to individualize to each persons tastes.

Here are the basics:

  1. Place your favorite cheese and toppings on one side of the tortilla (see picture above)
  2. Fold over and place on a griddle or nonstick skillet.
  3. Cook on low, flipping once, until cheese is melted.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!

I make mine on my electric griddle. I can get 4 on at one time. I set all the ingredients out in bowls (or Tupperware containers. This makes it easy to put away leftover ingredients with less clean up). My family fills their quesadillas the way the like it and I slide them onto my grill. Within minutes their personalized quesadilla is back on their plate and ready to be devoured. I use leftover ingredients to make my lunches when the kids are at school. Speaking of leftovers, we actually used a mixture of the leftover roast and potatoes from last nights dinner in our quesadillas tonight. It turned out great!

Having a hard time coming up with ingredient ideas? My personal favorite is black beans, diced tomatoes, guacamole and feta cheese. However, everyone will have their own favorites. Try these ingredient ideas:

Chicken
Roast Beef
Ham
Shrimp
Shredded Pork
Cheddar Cheese
Mozzarella Cheese
Feta Cheese
Goat Cheese
Olives
Onions
Black Beans
Cherry Tomatoes
Diced Tomatoes
Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Artichoke Hearts
Apple Slices
Green Peppers
Red Peppers
Yellow Pepper
Jalapeno Peppers
Walnuts
Avocado
Guacamole
Salsa

and the list goes on and on……

There are a few tips the article pointed out and some I’ve figured out on my own.

This is easy…If you can make a grilled cheese sandwich, you can cook a quesadilla.

Don’t overfill!! Yes you’ll be tempted to load on the ingredients, but you’ll have a better product if you don’t go overboard on the fillings.

To get a nice crispy quesadilla, use a small amount of cooking spray or butter in the hot pan. Too much butter or spray can leave you with a soggy tortilla. (I use cooking spray; less fat, same results)

Cut the finished quesadilla into wedges to make it easier to handle, especially for little kids.

Want anther idea???? Try dessert quesadillas with these filling ideas:

Apple Slices
Strawberries
Raspberries
Jam or Jelly
Peanut Butter
Nutella (yum!)
Cream Cheese
Chocolate Chips
Peanut Butter Chips
Ice Cream toppings (caramel, fudge, strawberry)
Whipped Cream

The sky is the limit. Get creative and have fun with this easy meal.


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