Pretty much all of my blog posts so far have been about dinner ideas, however a lot of the time I find myself trying to work out what we will have for lunch. In winter time it can be really nice to have a warm lunch, but also something that can be cooked quickly – quesadillas tick both boxes. In summertime, the char-grilled outsides give the food a lovely BBQ flavour.
This is incredibly straightforward to make, in its most simple form it has just two ingredients (cheese and tortillas) but I think it is even tastier with one or two extra things added. It is really versatile, in the past I have put some of the following in – ham, mushrooms, onions, chives, even a few leftover baked beans! You really could put whatever you wanted in, and its great fun to experiment with different combinations. Also great to let the kids choose what they want although I would recommend you have cheese in all of them as it might be a little dry without.
All you need to do is grate some cheese and prepare any other fillings you are going to use (I chopped some chives to go in these). Then put the filling on one half of the tortilla and fold it in half to make a half-moon shape.
I then cook these dry on a pre-heated hot griddle pan, turning the quesadilla over once the underneath is nicely charred. If you want you can rotate it through 90o so you get a nice criss-cross pattern halfway through cooking each side. It takes a bit of practise, but if you get it right then the outside should be charred and the cheese nicely melted in the middle. Just be really careful when you or your little-uns are eating these as the middle can be hotter than the sun when they are cooked!