Posts tagged ‘cheese’

January 1, 2009

Easy Quesadilla

I love quesadilla and they are so easy to make for after school snacks, munchies, parties, what ever.  You can make grande ones if you get the big fajita sized tortillas, but I tend to use the 8 inch rounds for tacos.

Cheeses you can use are as various as the day is long but you want to make sure whatever type you use is good for melting.  Obviously cheddars and jacks are always perfect, I personally prefer white sharp cheddar.  You can get creative and blend cheddars with jacks or mozzarella.  If you have a Hispanic section at your grocery store though, you can really get creative.  The best are Asadero, which has a sweetish butter flavour to it; or Oaxaca, which has a bite like a jack, but is stringy like mozzarella.

If you have an iron skillet, these are ideal for making quesadilla.  If not, a good heavy skillet will suffice.

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10 8 inch tortillas, soft

3 cups freshly grated cheese

  • Place skillet on medium to high heat for four minutes.
  • Using either a small slice of butter or a quick spray of aerosol baking spray, lightly coat the pan.*
  • Gently lay one half of a tortilla onto the skillet and put in one handful or 1/4 cup of cheese.
  • Lightly fold the top over but do not press down.
  • Allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip.
  • Press with the spatula and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and promptly cut quesadilla into triangle thirds.
  • Serve.

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*Do not use oil as it is too heavy and absorbs into the tortilla.

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January 1, 2009

Quick Pizzas

The first time I ever remember having pizza I was 6 years old.  My dad had taken me to a Pizza Hut and for some reason it was just he and I.  As we sat enjoying our pizza there was a flurry of activity from a film crew there for some unknown reason.  And Mary Hart from Entertainment Tonight was there.  It was a new show and I remember being star struck by all of the activity and when we got home my dad tried to find the show on television so we could see if we had made it on the air.  To this day, I still think about that when I eat pizza for some reason.

I love pizza, who doesn’t?  But everyone seems to have their own preference when it comes to toppings and that’s the beauty of making personal pan pizzas, you can pick what you want precisely.  So at our house, we make pizzas individually.  And this is such an easy meal to make when you get home from work.  I leave the dough out when I leave in the morning and come home and all I have to do is open the spaghetti sauce and set out bowls of pepperoni and peppers and onions or the list goes on and on.

The recipe below is for one pizza, you obviously can double and triple it up from there.

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2 frozen yeast rolls, such as Parkerhouse

1/4 cup spaghetti sauce

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Flour

Toppings of choice (sliced pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, sliced green pepper, chopped onions, pineapple chunks, chopped ham, etcetera)

Directions

  • Place olive oil into a cake pan or pie dish.
  • Lay frozen rolls into dish and cover with saran wrap.
  • Allow to sit at room temperature until risen, at least 2 hours.
  • Dust hands with flour and knead dough lightly into about a half inch thickness.
  • Place back into dish.
  • Cover with spaghetti sauce.
  • Add selected toppings.
  • Cover with cheese.
  • Bake for twenty minutes at 300 degrees F.

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January 1, 2009

Mexican style mock Sheppard’s Pie

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