by Tammy Taylor
Sometimes unexpected company comes to visit and lunch time rolls around – what to make that’s quick and guest-worthy? My go-to idea is quesadillas. It’s filling, delicious and quick to fix.
I have a very heavy cast-iron griddle that fits across two of my gas burners on the stove so I fire them up and get the griddle good & hot. Then I toss on some olive oil and chopped onions and cook them until they are soft and translucent.
I step out onto the front porch where I have my edible landscape garden (you can read about it here) and pick some fresh spinach. I wash and chop it and throw it on the griddle for only a minute to soften it.
Now I scoop the onions & spinach into their own bowls and spread another thin layer of olive oil on the griddle and start layering my ingredients: Tortilla, cheese, onions, spinach, cheese. The cheese on both the first & last layer keeps the quesadilla together as the cheese melts. Ummmm…. starting to smell really good.
By the time my ingredients are layered the tortilla is already beginning to brown and the cheese is soft. Now I simply fold it in half and flip, allowing the other side to brown and the cheese to melt.
Another 30 seconds or so and the quesadilla is ready. I use a dollop of my homemade yogurt as a low-fat substitution for sour cream (you can read about that here) and in less than 7 minutes you have lunch. Enjoy!