Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Beef with Quesadillas.

(Thats not my quesadilla.)

My deepest apologies to all my hispanic friends but I must speak out.

Quesadillas in my opinion are one of the most problematic travel and party foods EVER. The idea of eating one on the go is full of holes. First of all the dang thing is not shut all the way, so of course it is going to leak as soon as you grab it. There goes your clean floor for the party. Second, when they cut it for you you now have multiple escape hatches for you food contents. More spills to clean up beside the the normal drunken ones. The center pieces are the worst! I mean who's idea was it to fold a tortilla in half and fill it with great food and then cut it up more and not seal it? All the warm goodness that has been so carefully stuffed in now end up out of the warm tortilla and on to your lap or picked apart on a plate. Not to call anyone stupid, but what would you call this?

Fear not for I have come to save the day. Okay maybe not the day but at least your clothes from unwanted trips to the dry cleaners, rentals of rug doctors, and stain removers. Now before we jump the gun you must have something awesome to stuff your quesadilla with. By awesome I mean not the same old tired southwestern blah blah blah or chicken hum drum done. For this I went with a an old stand by shared with me by my mother-in-law Pam. (I added my twist of course.) Here is what you need.

Breakfast sausage browned and drained.
One can of Rotel (you chose how hot)
One stick of cream cheese
Liquid smoke (just for flavor depth 1-tsp)
Tortillas cut in half

Once you have your cooked meat add it back to the pan with your rotel. When you rotel starts to simmer stir in the cheese and liquid smoke. Allow cheese to melt until smooth. It will thicken once cool and ready to work with. This should be your end product for the filling.

Now comes the fun part. Follow the steps as pictured below to lock in your filling. Glob a bit in the middle and fold on side over the fold over the other flap. It's almost like making a paper cone. Tuck in the flap and then just flip it folded side over and it is ready to grill.

The finished product is a crisp treat you can eat on the go and stuff with just about anything. Don't worry they will be flying off my food truck soon enough.

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