Quesadillas

Now that we have all of that lovely roasted pork, what are we going to do with it?

This hunk of meat presents itself as a fantastic opportunity… a head start on many meals that are well begun and therefore half done. I love having a good supply of leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer. It’s sorta like a mise en place without having to put up with someone else in my kitchen.

So… quesadillas! A Mexican snack, though I ignored its heritage and used pork designed for ramen. And whatever else I found in the fridge that I figured would be tasty.

Here goes.

Pork left over from the previous night. I estimated how much I would need and heated it in a separate fry pan.

The leftover roasted pork.

The leftover roasted pork.

Okay, you caught me. Some prep was required.

Grated cheddar cheese.

Grated old cheddar.

Grated old cheddar.

Sliced lettuce, thinly sliced shallots, cilantro and sliced cherry tomatoes.

Sliced lettuce, shallots, cilantro and halved cherry tomatoes.

Sliced lettuce, shallots, cilantro and halved cherry tomatoes.

Corn tortilla heating in a teaspoon of oil.

Corn tortilla.

Corn tortilla.

Place about 1/4 cup of grated cheese on the tortilla (these are little tortillas) and let it melt.

Start with cheese.

Start with cheese.

Add your choice of the prepped fillings, remembering not to overfill the tortilla.

Then add some goodies.

Then add some goodies.

Also, try to remember to put the fillings on one half of the tortilla. This will make it easier to fold.

Try to keep the insides on one half.

Try to keep the insides on one half.

When the cheese is melted and the insides have heated and before the tortilla gets burnt, fold the quesadilla in half.

Folded and almost ready.

Folded and almost ready.

Continue until you run out of tortillas or fillings, whichever comes first. Slice the folded quesadillas in half and serve them with salsa and sour cream.

Quesadillas.

Quesadillas.

I don’t have a recipe for these quesadillas. You can find one here: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chicken-cheddar-quesadillas-with-tomato-and-corn-salsa
or here: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-crispy-cheesy-quesadillas-on-the-stove-top-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-188645.

I do have some suggestions for fillings:
• roasted pork (obviously) or chicken
• tomatoes
• your choice of cheese… cheddar, monterey jack or mozzarella are all good
• tomatoes
• onions
• avocado
• corn
• refried beans.

Plus this link to a good article full of tips on what not to do when making quesadillas: http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/common-mistakes/article/8-common-quesadilla-cooking-mistakes

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