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.
Pork left over from the previous night. I estimated how much I would need and heated it in a separate fry pan.
Okay, you caught me. Some prep was required.
Grated cheddar cheese.
Sliced lettuce, thinly sliced shallots, cilantro and sliced cherry tomatoes.
Corn tortilla heating in a teaspoon of oil.
Place about 1/4 cup of grated cheese on the tortilla (these are little tortillas) and let it melt.
Add your choice of the prepped fillings, remembering not to overfill the tortilla.
Also, try to remember to put the fillings on one half of the tortilla. This will make it easier to fold.
When the cheese is melted and the insides have heated and before the tortilla gets burnt, fold the quesadilla in half.
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.
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
• your choice of cheese… cheddar, monterey jack or mozzarella are all good
• 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