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Whatever’s in the Fridge Quesadilla

Whatevers in the Fridge Quesadilla
Whatevers in the Fridge Quesadilla
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Whatever's in the Fridge Quesadilla is one easy appetizer recipe you'll want to hang on to in a pinch. This recipe is perfect for whipping up as company comes over on the day of the big game or for any occasion where food is key. You can easily take those leftovers out of the fridge and turn them into something new and delicious by wrapping them up in a tortilla and melting some cheese on top of them. All you need to do is layer your ingredients, fold them up in a tortilla and cook it on a skillet for a few minutes per side. The result is cheesy, slightly crispy perfection.

Serves1 quesadilla

Preparation Time1 min

Cooking Time5 min

Cooking MethodSkillet

Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 flour tortilla (8-inch), warmed
  • 1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (or whatever shredded cheese you have on hand)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cooked chicken (or try leftover turkey, steak or ham)
  • 2 tablespoons green onion (or chopped mushrooms or peppers)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Layer half the tortilla with the cheese, chicken and green onions.  Fold the tortilla in half over the filling.

  2. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook the filled tortilla for 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

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Meals like this are just great because one can literally have whatever you feel like. I prepare everything and then we each put together whatever we want on our tortillas or in pita breads. In summer adding tomato and crunchy salad greens is very good and so are avocado slices. In colder weather we have used roast veg. Literally Whatevers In the Fridge.

I love the name of this recipe, and what a great way to make a healthy dinner while using up what you have left in the fridge! I often make this for a quick snack or lunch too, and grill them on my panini press. I feel like there are so many combinations that could work with this - different types of cheese, different veggies, hot or mild sauce, jalapenos... the list goes on! A fun way to make a Mexican meal part of the weeknight repertoire!

This is a perfect answer for when I'm standing in front of the fridge, wondering what to eat. We usually have tortillas around, and meat and cheese are constants in our household. Since we both love Mexican cooking, we normally have a supply of queso blanc and queso fresco on hand. Both are perfect for making quesadillas. Thanks for the tip about lightly sprinkling salt on top of the cheese. I usually don't use much salt, but I should give that a try.

This is one my weekly go-to dinner options. We, too, use whatever leftover vegetables are in the fridge. Instead of folding over the tortilla I usually lay one tortilla down flat, layer the ingredients, and place a second tortilla on top. Fry on one side and then the other. Cut into wedges and enjoy! One tip my fianc taught me is to lightly salt the cheese before adding the top tortilla. It really brings out the flavor of the cheese. I like to dip the wedges salsa verde and sour cream if I'm feeling crazy! hahaha. Thanks for sharing!

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