Coming home from work, busy moms can be beside themselves thinking about what food to prepare for family dinner in a snap. Microwavable TV dinners can get a bit tiresome to the tastebuds, especially when you serve them on a regular basis. Think about the preservatives and other processing ingredients used in canned or processed foods, too. Good thing there’s a simple kitchen gadget known as the quesadilla maker. With this kind of kitchen appliance, you can have dinner ready in less than half an hour, and even have the kids in the family choose their own fillings to use in their quesadillas.
All one really needs is some creativity, plus some big appetites to fill.
Basic Cheese Quesadilla
For a quick cheese quesadilla recipe, all that is needed is some flour tortillas (one or two) and some cheese. One can choose from cheddar blends, brie, goat cheese or Monterey Jack. Plug the machine in, wait for it to preheat. When the indicator light flashes to tell you it’s ready, apply some spray-on fat or butter on the bottom plate.
Lay the bottom half or one tortilla on the base, place some cheese on the center, and fold in half if cooking for just one. For bigger and more servings, use another tortilla to cover the cheese on the first half of the quesadilla. Close the lid, then snap into place. You don’t really have to snap the lid closed if needed, since the quesadilla will cook naturally. Wait for about five minutes, or until the cheese sizzles and oozes out.
With a premium quality quesadilla maker, the quesadilla always comes out toasty and golden brown, perfectly cooked. The creases made by the machine facilitates cutting of the cooked quesadilla into equal parts.
Quick Chicken Quesadilla
Making a quick chicken quesadilla is easy.
You will need some cooked Southwest-flavor strips of chicken breast, a bit of chunky salsa, some flour tortillas, cooking spray, finely shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend, and a bit of sour cream. Some users do not recommend putting salsa into the tortillas, but this simple recipe allows you to mix in a bowl just a bit of salsa with the chicken. Make sure the chicken is cut into small pieces.
Apply some cooking spray or butter into the bottom plate, place one tortilla, then layer the chicken-and-salsa mixture and the cheese in the center of the tortilla. Top with a second tortilla.
Close the lid of the machine, wait about five minutes or so, or till the cheese sizzles, then open the lid. Transfer the quesadillas to a plate, wait for it to cool down, then slice into pieces. Serve with more salsa or some sour cream.
You can add a fresh touch by serving the quesadillas with some fresh berries, pineapple or melon chunks, along with lemonade or iced tea.
To put some veggie twist, sprinkle some chopped tomato, sliced ripe olives and green onions over the cheese.
You can also substitute some diced cooked chicken for the refrigerated seasoned chicken used in this recipe.
A variation of the quick chicken quesadilla recipe described above is this simple chicken quesadilla recipe. It uses chicken chunks instead of refrigerated seasoned chicken, some shredded Mexican cheese blend, and flour tortillas. The chicken and shredded cheese should be mixed well together in a bowl. When the quesadilla maker is ready, some spray on fat or butter is applied to the plate, then a tortilla positioned on it. The tortilla is sprinkled with the chicken and cheese mixture, then topped with another tortilla. The lid is then snapped closed. Wait for about five minutes or so, or until the tortillas are perfectly golden brown and crisp and the cheese is melted.
Transfer to a plate, wait for the quesadillas to cool down, then cut into wedges for serving.
Photo and recipe from: bettycrocker.com
Easy Egg Breakfast Quesadillas
Quesadillas do not always have to be served for snacks or dinner. They can also be great breakfast items.
For this recipe, you will need two slightly beaten eggs. Put some butter on the preheated quesadilla maker. Pour the beaten eggs into the base of the quesadilla maker. Make sure the quesadilla maker is on a stable surface to prevent making a mess. When the egg starts to set, close the lid to cook the top part of the egg. Wait about 35 to 40 seconds, open the lid and remove the egg using a spatula. The egg won’t be quite done at this point, but the cooking is not done yet.
Arrange the cooked egg on a tortilla, then take some cheese from the freezer, which can be crumbled easily onto the egg. Transfer the assembled items onto the quesadilla maker, put some salsa or Canadian bacon, if desired, then top with a second tortilla. Close the lid, and when the cheese comes running out the bottom, check for doneness. After about five minutes or so, the easy egg breakfast quesadillas is ready to serve.
All the quesadilla recipes featured here can be done in a frying pan, but that would require the quesadillas to be flipped over since you can only do one side. With a quesadilla maker, you won’t have to do that since the two sides cook simultaneously.