My favourite tomato, onion & herb cheesey quesadillas

We all have days off.  Days off work, off our diets, days when you forget the rules and just enjoy something for the sake of it, without feeling guilty, just because we need it.  This is one of my favourite foods for a day off.  If you don’t know about the magical thing that is a quesadilla, its like a super easy stuffed tortilla, two crispy layers filled with my favourite combinations of flavours and all held together with the most glorious gooey, melted cheese.  You can make it in 5 minutes flat, it’s healthier and faster than both pizza and its eastern cousin the paratha, and you could use the fillings and toppings from either of those here.  You can use what you have in the house, but the particular combination I’ve used here is the best I’ve tried.  As long as you spread a thinnish layer of your fillings and add a sparse sprinkle of cheese to hold it all in, have fun with it.  You need to make this, trust me.  You can thank me later.

quesadilla

Ingredients – makes 1 quesadilla (serves 1 as a snack or light lunch)

  • 2 medium/large tortilla flatbreads of choice – I used white flour tortillas here
  • 1 tbsp thinly sliced red onion
  • 2 tbsp finely sliced/ chopped baby plum tomatoes (or 1 tbsp sundried tomato, chopped – anything flavourful)
  • a pinch of dried thyme, or 1 tsp chopped fresh parsley or coriander (cilantro)
  • optional – 1 tsp sundried tomato oil (yum)
  • 3 tbsp grated hard cheese like cheddar
  • optional – lemon wedges or guacamole dip to serve (but please not the supermarket jars!)
  1. heat a large, round frying pan without putting any oil on it.  Put one of the tortillas flat on the bottom of the pan, then sprinkle over all of the other ingredients fairly evenly, leaving a 1cm-1.5cm gap all around the edge of the tortilla. It is important the cheese especially is evenly distributed.
  2. when you see the cheese start to melt, immediately place the second tortilla on top and squash it down with a spatula or kitchen tool of choice.  Make sure all of the second tortilla makes contact with the melted cheese and the whole thing gets stuck together.  Quickly slide your spatula underneath the tortilla and flip it over – you should notice what was the bottom tortilla has now become a beautiful golden colour and is crispy.
  3. Press the tortilla down carefully but firmly with the spatula, not tearing it but allowing the second side to crisp up.  After about 20-30 seconds carefully lift the quesadilla on to a plate to serve.
  4. Cut using a knife or pizza slicer, and serve immediately with your choice of garnish or dip.  Enjoy! 🙂
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