Gingergirl: Try these tempting hot and cheesy Quesadillas

Helen Keown


Helen Keown


Gingergirl: Try these tempting hot and cheesy Quesadillas

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I have no doubt this is a problem in many homes, with teenage boys the kings of the insatiable appetite! What you need is something tasty and speedy and something that can be made with whatever is in your larder or fridge on any given day.

Quesadillas spring immediately to mind; originating from Mexico, a Quesadilla is a folded corn or flour tortilla, filled with cheese and other fillings and cooked until the cheese melts.

Quesadillas are very versatile in terms of the endless combination of fillings -with cheese as the main filling - try: leftover meats and chicken, chorizo, olives, peppers, mushrooms, jalapeno peppers, refried beans or red onion. Here’s a classic to get you started.

Hot & Cheesy Quesadillas

250g of cheddar cheese, grated
4 tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 green or red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (a spring onion, finely sliced would also be good)
A handful of coriander, leaves roughly chopped
8 flour tortillas
Oil for brushing
Serves 4 hungry teenagers

* Put the cheese, tomatoes, chilli and coriander leaves into a bowl with some seasoning and mix well.

* Warm the tortillas in the microwave according to pack instructions - this makes them soft and easier to work with. Divide the cheese mix over one half of each tortilla. Fold over the other half to make 8 half-moons and press down to seal.

* Brush the tops with a little oil, then sit, oil-side down, on a hot griddle or dry frying pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until crisp and golden, brush the uncooked side with oil, then flip over for another few minutes.

* Slice into wedges and pile onto a warmed plate while you cook the rest. Quesadillas are delicious served with guacamole, salsa or soured cream and lots of crisp salad.

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