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Mar 1, 2010


From the author of French Toast: Stacked, Stuffed, Baked, sweet and savory variations of the classic Mexican dish.

Simply put, the quesadilla is a delightful package of melted cheesy goodness―all sandwiched inside crispy tortillas. But now these little gooey snacks have evolved into savory meals and scrumptious desserts that are bursting with flavor.

Made to fill any amount of hunger, quesadillas can be stuffed with foods and spices from almost any culture. You can try all sorts of mouthwatering combinations like the BLT, Thai Peanut, Roasted Veggie and Goat Cheese, Parmesan-Crusted Italian, Philly Cheesesteak, Roasted Ratatouille, and Chicken Caesar. Even dessert quesadillas like Triple Chocolate Decadence, Peanut Butter Apple, and S’mores have made their debut.

Quesadillas are so simple, delicious, and easy to make. So, why not make your favorite meal or dessert into a quesadilla?

“After an introduction featuring cooking techniques, ingredient tips, and serving suggestions, Kelly…shares specific instructions for beginners on, e.g., how to remove pepper seeds…These simple recipes, with ten ingredients or fewer, are perfect to make with children. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal

Mar 1, 2010

À propos de l'auteur

Donna Kelly is the author of several cookbooks, including French Toast, 101 Things To Do With a Tortilla, 101 Things To Do With Chicken, 101 Things To Do With Tofu, 101 Things To Do with Canned Soup, and 101 Things To Do With a Toaster Oven. Donna Kelly, was born and raised in Southern Arizona. She has four children and works as a prosecuting attorney.She lives in Provo, Utah.

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Quesadilla’s Roots

Simply put, the quesadilla is a delightful package of strong-flavored foods with melted cheesy goodness—all sandwiched inside crispy tortillas. It is the ultimate blend of Southwest Old World tradition and New World foods. When the conquistadores arrived in Mexico in the fifteenth century, they found the natives eating what they described as corn cakes. These were the ancestors of what we call tortillas today. These natives used tortillas like the Europeans used bread—as a side dish for their meals. They also used them as utensils, as a sort of edible plate or a spoon to hold other foods while eating. The Spaniards had enjoyed pastries stuffed with fillings and eaten like a sandwich, so the transition to using tortillas instead of pastry was an easy one. The word quesadilla is loosely translated to English as little cheese snack. Since the popular filling for these bundles was cheese, the term fit.

I grew up a few miles north of the Mexican border in Tucson, Arizona, where quesadillas were a staple in most households. They were a cinch for us kids to make—we just added a few handfuls of grated cheese to a tortilla, folded it over, and cooked it in a skillet until the cheese was melted and the tortilla had browned. And, with the invention of microwave ovens, quesadilla time went from mere minutes to seconds. They were the perfect after-school snack food. And the adults made fancier versions as appetizers for parties or with more fillings as a main dish.

Over the years, quesadillas have become increasingly popular in America. The foods and spices of most cultures are now often captured inside a quesadilla. The two essential ingredients are tortillas, which form the crisp outside crust, and cheese, which is necessary as the glue that melts and holds the quesadilla together.

Quesadillas are so simple, delicious, and easy to make that their popularity has survived centuries of time.

Cooking Techniques

There are several popular methods for making quesadillas. They can be baked, grilled, microwaved, or pan cooked, with or without oil. There are even specialty quesadilla makers available in the kitchen department of many stores. All methods use high heat to ensure the crispiness of the tortillas.


To bake quesadillas, simply put the stuffed tortillas on a wire rack that is standing on a baking sheet and place in the middle of the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees. The actual baking time will vary according to how much filling is in each quesadilla. The more filling a quesadilla has, the longer it will take to bake. The goal is to have a quesadilla with the cheese fully melted, the filling heated through, and the tortilla crispy. Watch closely the last few minutes to make sure the tortillas don’t become too brown. Cook until tortillas have browned and filling is cooked through. Nut- or cheese-crusted quesadillas require the baking method because the nuts and cheese loosen when turning quesadillas in a skillet.


For grilling, place quesadillas on a hot grill with very low flames. Close cover and wait a minute or two, watching closely so tortillas don’t become too brown. Turn over with a wide spatula, close cover, and grill another minute or two, or until tortillas have browned and filling is cooked through.


Microwaving quesadillas can be done, but you will not have a crisp, crunchy texture. If you prefer your quesadillas soft, then fill the tortillas and place in a microwave. Cook on high for about 60 seconds, then remove quesadilla, wipe plate dry, turn the quesadilla over, and cook about 60 seconds more. Actual time will vary depending on how much filling is in the quesadilla. Cook until filling is cooked through and cheese is melted.

Toasting in a Skillet

The best method for cooking quesadillas is in a dry, covered skillet over medium heat, or in a quesadilla maker. When using a skillet, it should be dry, with no oil or butter used, in order to prevent oily or burned quesadillas. This toasting method also ensures that the filling will be cooked through, the cheese will be melted, and the tortillas will be crisp and browned. I prefer cooking quesadillas with two flat tortillas rather than one folded tortilla, because this ensures more even cooking. Choose a skillet that is just slightly wider than your tortillas. For example, use a 10-inch skillet for tortillas that are 8 to 9 inches in diameter.

Start by placing a dry tortilla in a skillet that has been heated to medium heat. Place the filling ingredients on the tortilla, making sure that there is some cheese both on the top and the bottom of the filling. This will help the quesadilla stick together. Place another tortilla on top. Cover with a tight-fitting lid. This will hold the heat in and cook the quesadilla all the way through without burning the outside of the tortillas. Let the quesadilla cook for a minute or two. Check to see if the bottom tortilla has browned. If so, turn the quesadilla over with a very wide spatula. Place lid on skillet and cook another minute or two, or until bottom tortilla has browned, filling

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