May 17, 2014

crispy mushroom, spinach and avocado quesadillas

Yum
These quesadillas are amazing!!!  Stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, and creamy avocado they are sure to be a hit with the family. The best part... these quesadillas feature irresistibly crispy sides.  Thinly sliced chicken or steak could also be added to the inside.

Servings 4-6
Total Time 30 min

INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • sea salt (or kosher)
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 small lime, juiced
  • 2½ cups shredded Jack or cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2 avocados, thinly slices
  • tortillas
  • chips and salsa


INSTRUCTIONS 

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the chopped red onion and a dash of salt, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to turn translucent.  Add sliced mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and turning golden, about 6 minutes.


Add half of the spinach mixture, let it wilt a little, and then add the rest. Cook until spinach is wilted and the mixture is dry, 2 to 3 minutes or longer. Season with salt and pepper and lime juice. Remove from heat.

Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat. Place the tortillas around the outside of the skillet with half of the tortilla resting on the skillet side.  Divide 1 cup of the cheese among the tortillas.  Next, add some of the spinach and mushroom mixture.  Top each with slices of avocado.


Divide 1 cup of cheese among the tortillas and then fold to close them..  Cook for a few minutes, then flip carefully with a spatula.


Immediately sprinkle some of the remaining cheese over the hot sides of the quesadillas, and let it melt as the other side cooks for a few minutes.  Flip each quesadilla, and let the cheese sizzle for a couple of minutes. Flip and cook the other side for a couple more minutes if necessary, until both sides are a nice, crisp, golden brown.
 

Let the quesadillas cool on a cutting board for a few minutes, then slice each quesadilla into three slices using a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife. Serve with chips and salsa.  Enjoy!!

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