Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A food post. I do those, right?

Well, believe it or not, I do still cook every now and then. For some reason though, lately it hasn't been happening often. Last night I did decide to go ahead and make a stand in the kitchen though, and deliciousness ensued.

 

I've made these before, but they are one of DaNece's favorites, so here they go again:

 

It is based off of Elise's recipe, though of course many changes were made.

Apple Quesadillas with Roasted Onion

Ingredients:

- tortillas

- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

- 1 package fajita steak (already cut into strips for you. Touche!)

- 2 Gala apples - sliced (add a little lime juice to keep from browning)

- 1/2 of a bell pepper (any color, I used red) - cut into small pieces

- 1 Jalapeno pepper also cut into small pieces

- 2 mexican green onions

- 1-2 cups of chedder or monty-jack cheese

- cilantro - chopped

- cumin

- salt

- pepper

- cayenne

- paprika

- smoked paprika

- sugar

- olive oil

 

How to make it:

- Preatheat the oven to 375 (for roasting the onions), and get 3 pans preheating

 

- Cut the onions in half and lay on cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil + salt and pepper, and a little cumin:

 

- Season the meats. Add enough to get a light coating over all the pieces. On the beef I use all the spices listed except smoked paprika. A sprinkling of sugar helps to caramelize, and mellows out spice if you don't like it as hot. On the chicken I use everything.

 

- Put your green unions into the oven. Flip a few times throughout the cooking.

 

- Now throw the chicken, beef, and peppers each into a pan and cook until done. Set aside.

 

- Toss your chopped cilantro in with the peppers once they are done

 

- Get a griddle pre-heating, or a large pan (big enough for a tortilla)

 

- Slap a tortilla down on the hot pan and let it cook for a minute or two until starts to go golden on ya

 

- flip the tortilla, put some cheese on half, lay on whatever meats you want on yours (DaNece: Chicken only - Me: Beef and Chicken), put the sauteed peppers on top if you should so choose, and then top it all off with some apple slices:

 

- Now fold the other half of the tortilla over, and allow it to cook for a few more seconds. We are looking for a crispy-ish tortilla

 

- Pull your onions out of the oven. MMMMMmmmmmm:

 

- Plate it up, add sour cream if you so choose, and chow down!

 

I got the roasted onion idea from eating at Garcias (on goodwin, not the chain). They served it on the side, and I almost didn't eat it (admit it; they don't look appetizing). But man are they tasty! Sweet and slimy, just what the doctor ordered. Even DaNece said that they were okay, which is huge!

7 comments:

Catalyst said...

You didn't have cheese in your ingredients list. What type do you use?

TomboCheck said...

good catch catalyst. Post has been updated. Cheese used is generally cheddeer or monty-jack. Pretty much any greasy melty cheese will do though.

Chickenbells said...

Oh man...those sound so good! Unfortunately with my weird allergy reactions to whatever's going on in the immediate atmosphere (air and such) every time I eat, I'm having some not so friendly gurgling (I know...tmi) but, blog-food is just as good...slimy onions? mmmmmmm....

TomboCheck said...

Gurgling aint so bad, as long as you dont see anything in reverse-action. :)

melissa said...

actually since I love onions those DO look appetizing. nice work.

I would never think about putting apple in with any kind of mexican dish.

isn't elise the best?? love her and her family's stuff.

Mike said...

I have to admit those onions don't look very good, but they do sound good. My wife loves grilled onions on everything but somehow these sound so much better.

TomboCheck said...

Melissa - Elise ROCKS! I pull a lot of ideas from her site.

Mike - I grilled one last night - equally as good, and you can slice once it cools a bit to use as a topper.