What's for Dinner: Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas
Mushroom Spinach Quesadillas
Popeye might have loved his spinach, but it can be tough to get kids (and some adults) to eat the leafy green vegetable. I say, hide it inside a cheesy quesadilla, paired with garlicky sauteed mushrooms.
You don't need any special equipment to make this super-easy recipe, just a hot pan or skillet. Serve with sour cream and/or guacamole and salsa for dipping.
8 ounces button mushrooms
10 ounces fresh spinach
2 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 10-inch flour tortillas
2 cups Monterey Jack or habanero cheese, shredded
Clean mushrooms with a damp paper towel, remove stems and cut into thin slices.
Place spinach in a large pot of salted boiling water and quickly blanch. Remove and place in a large bowl of icy water. Allow to cool, remove and squeeze out excess water. Roughly chop and set aside.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook about 5 minutes. Mix in spinach to reheat, then remove from heat and set aside.
In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat, place 1 tortilla, a layer of cheese, spinach mixture and a little more cheese and top with another tortilla. Press down to adhere both sides and melt cheese, and cook about 3 minutes on each side, until golden brown.
Cut into 4 wedges and serve.
-- Chili Pepper magazine, Oct./Nov. 2012 (www.chilepepper.com)