Saturday, July 13, 2013


Of course I have made quesadillas before...the Corn & Black Bean Quesadilla recipe on here is one of our family's favorite things to eat.  When I saw this recipe for quesadillas in the Southern Living Cookbook I just started working through, I liked how these were made in the oven instead of being fried in a skillet.  I totally did not put the fillings in that this recipe recommended, so I'm just going to write what I did instead.  I intended to make this with chopped cooked chicken, but ran short on time today and had none prepared, so I bought a package of the ready-to-serve chicken breast strips that you can buy in the lunch meat section of the grocery store.  You know, by the bologna.  I'm sure it has all kinds of bad additives in there, but I'm also sure that if I hadn't bought it to make dinner easier, I would have talked myself into going out to dinner, where we would've spent way more money and eaten much less healthier (due to quantity, if nothing else, since it's not like this can be seen as a healthy meal...).

2 tbsp butter, softened
5 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheese (we used shredded Mexican blend)
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 pkg (6-7 oz) ready-to-serve chicken breast strips
Salsa and sour cream for serving (although no sour cream here...)

Spread butter on 1 side of each tortilla.  Place tortillas, buttered side down, on ungreased baking sheets (maybe I got butter everywhere doing this...oh well); set aside.

Combine cheese, bacon, and chicken; spoon evenly over half of each tortilla.  Fold tortillas in half, pressing lightly.

Bake at 400 for 5 minutes; turn quesadillas and bake 5 more minutes or until cheese melts and tortillas are lightly browned.  Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream.

I forgot to even serve it with salsa.  These came out pretty good, and none of them burned.  Usually when I make them in a skillet, the first few turn out perfect, but as the skillet gets hotter, the last couple are usually QUITE browned...maybe even a bit black.  I eat those because I don't mind it.  But these all looked roughly equally goldenly brown.  The youngest did not partake, having instead chicken nuggets and applesauce.  But everyone else liked them.  In conclusion...this was messier and no easier than frying them in a skillet, however I did like how they looked in the end...

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