I miss New York. I miss LA. I miss Mexican food in all its iterations: TexMex, the echt West Coast stuff, Chipotle, TacoHell, the hole in the wall on 2nd…if it wasn’t for the lone branch of Chipotle on Charing Cross Road and Thomasina Miers’ excellent Wahaca restaurants, I’d be in withdrawal hell.
So my go to snack food is usually Mexican in inspiration, although I’m not going to pretend for a moment that this is proper Mexican. So for today’s recipe Friday I give you my homemade quesadillas…which are so simple a child could make them – in fact they’d probably be quite fun to make with kids.
To make the quantity above – eight small cheesy triangles, grate enough cheese to generously cover a single wheat tortilla (these are the ones generally sold in the UK, as opposed to corn tortillas.). I use cheddar, but Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack are better – but I can’t seem to find them in the UK.
Then put a tortilla in a frying pan, cover it with the cheese and top with a second tortilla, and cook till the bottom is coloured as in the image above. I use my non-stick Green Pan which doesn’t need any oil, but you could heat a teaspoon of a bland vegetable oil to fry the tortilla. (Not gonna lie: It is nicer cooked in oil, but I am on a regime.)
Then flip over the tortilla sandwich and cook the bottom. You don’t want the heat too high at any point otherwise the cheese won’t melt.
Whilst it is cooking, make up a batch of my guacamole ( this takes just a few minutes if you use a pestle & mortar), and chop up some tomatoes to make a quick salsa. I add salt, coriander & hot sauce to the tomatoes for some kick. A little chopped onion would be lovely.
Then cut the quesadilla into eight triangles – and you are done. If making a second batch, keep warm in a low oven. A blob of sour cream would be good too, but…the regime.