Recipe of the Week: The Best Quesadillas

Photo Credit: Randolph Graham

I call these the ‘best’ quesadillas because they combine four tasty cheeses with roasted tomatoes and Poblano peppers. What could be better?

See Chef Randy’s website for more recipes at: http://valley-vegetarian.com

Ingredients:

4 large plum tomatoes (quartered lengthwise)

3 large Poblano chiles

Vegetable oil

1 cup fresh Oaxaca cheese (grated)

1 cup Monterey Jack cheese (grated)

1 cup Manchego cheese (grated)

4 10-inch flour tortillas

2 to 3 ounces Cotija cheese (crumbled)

2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano

 

Directions:

Preheat the broiler and set a rack about 6 inches from the heat.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the tomatoes and Poblano peppers on the sheet. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes, turning the tomatoes once, until softened and charred in spots. Remove from the oven and transfer the tomatoes to a work surface. Return the peppers to the oven and broil for 6 to 7 minutes longer, turning occasionally, until charred all over.

Let the tomatoes and peppers cool. Seed and stem the chiles, and then thinly slice them crosswise.

Preheat a cast-iron griddle or large, heavy skillet. Brush the tortillas with oil. Toast the tortillas on the hot griddle, turning once, until browned in spots and crisp, about 2 minutes per side.

In a bowl, toss together the Oaxaca, Monterey Jack and Manchego cheeses. Arrange 2 tortillas on each of 2 large rimmed baking sheets. Sprinkle this cheese mixture over the tortillas, covering the entire surface. Scatter the tomatoes and peppers over the cheese. Top each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of Cotija and 1/2 teaspoon of oregano.

Broil the quesadillas two at a time, about 6 inches from the heat, until the cheese is just melted. Transfer the quesadillas to a work surface, cut into wedges, and serve while you broil the second batch.

Combine the quesadillas with a fresh garden salad for a complete meal.

 

See Chef Randy’s website for more recipes at: http://valley-vegetarian.com


 

Randolph Graham, Ojai  

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