Vegetable Quesadilla

Vegetable Quesadilla

On many occasions I have expressed how much I enjoy making easy recipes. Especially when many ingredients are not required, what better example than a quesadilla. You only need tortillas, a bit of oil, cheese, and a pan or griddle. Easy and straightforward, but most important, delicious.



This vegetable quesadilla is precisely that. Besides adding the onions, I wanted to add some peppers to it. There is something magical that happens when you cook onions and peppers together. In the Dominican cuisine is something that we use frequently and that gives an exquisite taste to food, believe me, the Dominican in me, has no complaints about it.



I used cheddar cheese, but don’t worry you can use any other cheese, but the sharpness of the cheddar and the veggies create a perfect harmony.




I wanted to make a mildly spicy sauce, for that, I used green and red sweet peppers instead of jalapenos. If you don’t like spicy food, you can definitely make this sauce by just using the green peppers.  These peppers are used to make recaito which is a sauce used in Cuban and Puerto Rican cuisine to seasoned meat and other dishes, but they are also used in many other countries like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. I made this sauce, by just roasting the peppers adding a bit of white vinegar, salt, and pepper. After seeing all of this, I think I turned this recipe into a Dominican quesadilla.



A quesadilla is a perfect recipe when you want to make something cheesy and delicious after all the cheese should be the star, that is why it is called a quesadilla, right?


Vegetable Quesadilla
Yield: Serves 4


Ingredients:


1 bell pepper (sliced)
1 onion (sliced)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon canola oil or butter
4 large flour tortillas
8 oz sweet peppers
Canola oil (to roast sweet peppers)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
salt and pepper


Instructions:


  1. In a pan add 1 tablespoon of the canola oil or butter and toss the onion, the bell pepper, add salt and pepper and cook until the onion is translucent. Reserve.
  2. In a pan or griddle place the tortilla, add the cheese and some of the vegetables, add another tortilla on top. Let the cheese melt. The tortilla should have a light golden brown color on both sides.


For the sauce:


  1. Toss sweet peppers in a baking sheet, add canola oil, salt, and pepper, place in a preheated oven at  350 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Once ready place in a food processor, add the vinegar. Adjust seasoning if necessary, pulse until it turns into a puree.


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