Sunday, April 27, 2008

chicken & mushroom quesadillas

I thought I would share a recipe that I love. I always enjoy reading recipes on other blogs because I love to cook. I will try some occasionally and I always love finding a new recipe that works for Charlie and me. I always love quesadillas when I am out at a restaurant, and one day I was inspired to try and make them at home. The first attempt was not great, but I have made these so many times now that they are tasty. I had to find the right balance of spices and cheese and what to use in the frying pan.

You will need some shredded cheese, half an onion, some fresh mushrooms, a taco packet, some chicken and 10 inch tortillas. Sometimes I use fresh chicken breasts that I cook in advance, and other times I use chicken in a can, but today I used pre-cooked sliced chicken. It all depends on what I can find at the store that is on sale.

Dice your onions and mushrooms. Don't worry about them being perfectly chopped. Just get them bite size.
Get them in your frying pan and let the onions sweat out a little bit, and your mushrooms brown up a little bit.
While the onions are cooking, go ahead and butter your tortillas. I used my low fat Brummel and Brown spread, but use whatever works for you. The only thing I don't like is cooking spray. It doesn't crisp as well.
Add your chicken to the mix and then sprinkle on some of the taco packet. It will NOT take the entire packet. I keep one in my cupboard especially for quesadillas. You might use about half.
Add a little water like you would if you were making tacos. It lets the sauce get thick and yummy.

On another burner, get your big skillet ready and hot. Place your tortilla in the pan, butter side down. Sprinkle a little cheese down first and then transfer some of the chicken mixture from pan to tortilla, but place only on half. Sprinkle a little more cheese on top (the cheese is like the glue that holds it all together.)Fold over. and smush down. A spatula works perfectly for these quesadillas. At this point I usually flip it over, as the side you have been working on gets pressed to the pan harder and is already starting to brown.
See? Let the other side cook to let the cheese melt and then get it on a plate. Place your next tortilla in the pan and repeat. This recipe should make four large quesadillas, with cheese leftover.

I cut the quesadillas with a pizza cutter into four sections. Add a dollop of sour cream and some salsa and you are good to go. The variations are endless: add whatever veggies you like to the onions and mushrooms. Just make sure they are cooked before adding them to the tortilla.
I hope you enjoy this recipe. I have to tell you that while making these I almost cut my finger chopping the onions and my camera fogged up from the steam while cooking. It is hard to cook and take pictures!


Evi said...

Looks very yummy...I might just have to go and try that. Thanks.
I think I would just finish mine off with some fresh green onions on top...mmm.

Kimberley said...

Yum! Nothing better than a quesadilla! Thanks for the inspiration--I can't wait to try this for lunch!

Caroline said...

WOW! Watch out Food Network. Those look so Yumm-o!

Heather said...

I need to try these, because I have the hardest time with quesadillas. I LOVE them, but can't ever make them turn out right. I think I was doing it all wrong. Thanks for the recipe, Sissy!! Guess what we're having for dinner tonight.

Debbie said...

YOU.ARE.MAKING.ME.HUNGRY. for that at ten in the morning. And it's dinner food. And you know how I feel about eating dinner food in the morning. That looks sooooo good. I am definitely going to try it.

Jennifer P. said...

These look so yummy! I love finding different stuff I can throw in a quesadilla!

Been so fun catching up on the few posts I missed. I love that you name your appliances. I also love that you have an almost photographic memory. Me too. I'd play you jeopardy or trivial pursuit any time! I also know the words to just about every song ever invented----but I usually forget what I'm suppose to be getting at the grocery store :)!

Thank you so much for the kind and uplifting comments you've left me. This time is so rough, but i've taken a lot of comfort and solace in the words of good blogging friends. Thank you.

Rebekah said...

hmmm hmmm good. I like to add some spinach to mine. We haven't had these in a while, I'm going to add to my grocery list!

Kat said...

We love to make quesadillas here...and now I am going to need to add mushrooms to my mix. You need to go over to my blog and read Monday's post. I have a bean dip recipe that would be a nice pairing with this!

Lula! said...

OK, I had a whole comment on my love of the quesadilla, and how yours look yummy, but then I saw your countertops and yelled, "WE HAVE THE SAME GRANITE." This is grounds for membership in the BFF club, I tell you.