Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Celebrating the "Mexicanity" of the Quesadilla

I got to spend some time with my Aunt Gayle a few days while I was in California and we had some good talks. I really enjoyed our time together. She took me out to lunch at this place called Salsa Brava. She suggested we order these shrimp quesadillas and I haven't been able to stop thinking about them since. This morning at 11 am after Sophie went down for her nap I set out to recreate this delicious twist on the classic Mexican dish. I was not disappointed.

I only changed a few things in this recipe. I added a bit of chili powder to the shrimp before I broiled them. I also added a squeeze of lime juice when I was tossing the shrimp with the oil. I made four quesadillas with the ingredients in this recipe, not 3 like the recipe suggests. I sliced up an avocado and served the slices on top of the quesadilla wedges. I also served them with sour cream. Mmmmm.... I know I won't stop thinking about these quesadillas anytime soon.

Shrimp and Tomatillo Quesadillas

2 red bell peppers

1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Vegetable oil
6 9- to 10-inch-diameter flour tortillas
3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 cups (packed) grated Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeƱos (about 8 ounces)
1 cup (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese (about 4 ounces)
6 medium tomatillos , husked, thinly sliced

Char bell peppers over gas flame or in broiler until blackened on all sides. Remove from heat. Enclose peppers in paper bag. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and seed peppers. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips. Set aside.

Preheat broiler. Toss shrimp with 1 tablespoon oil. Place on baking sheet. Broil shrimp until just opaque in center, about 2 minutes. Cut shrimp lengthwise in half. Transfer to bowl.

Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush 2 baking sheets with oil. Place 2 tortillas on 1 prepared baking sheet. Place 1 tortilla on second prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle 1/4 cup chopped cilantro over each tortilla, then 1/3 cup Monterey Jack cheese and 1/3 cup cheddar cheese. Arrange 8 tomatillo slices atop cheese on each tortilla, then bell pepper strips and shrimp, dividing equally. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese over shrimp on each tortilla, dividing equally. Top with remaining 3 tortillas, pressing lightly to adhere. Brush tops of tortillas with oil. Bake quesadillas until cheese melts and tortillas are crisp, about 10 minutes.

Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges and serve.

Serves 6.


hayley said...

Can I just say YUM! I have been wondering how else to use the tomatillo:)

Ashley said...

Although I've voiced my concerns of seafood mixed with mexican, I will be brave and try this tomorrow night. If I'm still alive and insides functioning properly Friday morning, I'll let you know.

Lisa-Marie said...


jayne said...

Yum. These look too good for words.

Lisa said...

Ok these look incredible! I'm going to have to give them a try.

Jillyboo said...

yummy... you are so good.
By the way, what were your impressions on the Oprah yesterday about Autism? I really enjoyed it and wish I would have had my family watch it. How is Franny doing on the GF/CF diet? I think we may try it again, Luke is only off of the dairy. We have seen huge changes since pulling dairy but I am motivated to see what he's like w/out the gluttons as well.

Julia said...

You never cease to amaze me Kath. Such a betty. I'm beginning to wonder what your grocery bill is like!? :)

valerie said...

This looks sooo good!!

cindy said...


You are truly the Domestic Goddess. I am going to try those too. We have eaten them before but yours look better.
So how was your birthday?
I hope you got my pitiful message. We were in Utah seeing Matt. Now we are home and working on the house again. I hope you had a nice day. How is the potty training going?
I love you. I know you are a great mom and will be very successful with training and teaching your children everything they need to know to be happy and successful.

Sheen said...

This looks INSANE.

Maggie said...

time for a new blog post...

Ashley said...

I was on getting this recipe to make for dinner and thought I'd say hi. Hi. :) Miss you. Love this quesadilla.

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