12 Days of Cinco de Mayo – Day Tres
Now we have reached day 3 of our Cinco de Mayo countdown, and today is all about quesadillas. If you are not sure what a quesadilla is, these are cheese-filled tortillas which are pan-fried until the cheese melts. Quesadillas make a great breakfast, lunch or snack, or you could add some extra fillings and enjoy them for dinner. If you want to make these for your Cinco de Mayo party, cut them into small wedges and then your guests can enjoy them as finger food. Quesadillas are nicer served warm, so do not start to cook them until most or all of your guests have arrived.
Cinco de Mayo is one occasion you will need to start planning ahead. Although that applies to most holidays, Cinco de Mayo is a time when you will want to stock up on ingredients you do not usually have in the pantry. Although there are no set foods for Cinco de Mayo, you will need a range of Mexican seasonings and ingredients to ensure you can make some of our tasty south of the border recipes, such as quesadillas. This is a snack the kids love just as much as the grownups. We all love grilled cheese sandwiches, right? Just swap the bread for a tortilla to make quesadillas.
Commercial flour tortillas keep for a long time unopened, and several days in the refrigerator once you open the package. Grab those plus some cheese, and you have all the makings of quesadillas. Optional ingredients include ham, bacon, chicken, shrimp, mushrooms, avocado, tomatoes, green apple slices, green onions, bell peppers, and pretty much anything you would add to a grilled sandwich. If you want to add lettuce or anything that does not grill well, simply open up the finished quesadilla, pop the lettuce in there, and close it again.
Put some jalapeños in there to spice it up, or choose an authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex cheese like Chihuahua, Monterey Jack, or queso blanco, or even a nice sharp cheddar, for the perfect flavor. Some people like to oven-bake their quesadillas but the quickest and easiest way to make them is to use a skillet with a little oil in there. Once the quesadilla is golden brown on one side, use a wide spatula to flip it over and do the other side. You can use a chef’s knife to cut the quesadilla into wedges or, easier still, a pizza cutter. These are a wonderful addition to any Cinco de Mayo table.
Cinco de Mayo 2016!
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