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I had a hankerin’ for quesadillas.  There’s just something about them that endears them to me.

They were a staple for years – just cheese – but the fillings and toppings have grown a lot over the years.  (So have I.  Coincidence?!?) They can range from a simple appetizer to a full-blown meal; upscale and elegant or clean-out-the-refrigerator.

They work no matter what.

Tonight’s filling was clean-out-the-refrigerator.

Ground beef, onion, garlic, green pepper and hot cayenne peppers from the garden, and a shot of tomato paste, cumin, salt, and pepper.  I had havarti and provolone cheeses in the fridge, so I used them.  Not exactly traditional, but – it’s what I had.  They worked well.  I also added sliced cherry tomatoes – also from the garden – and green onions.  Sour cream and salsa were added at the table.

I actually made two each of these guys for our dinner – and made two too many!  These were filling! Leftovers went into the ‘fridge.

The best part was the peppers.  The cayennes are h-o-t!  One adds heat.  Two add fire.  I added two.

It was a really quick dinner – on the table in about 15 minutes.


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    Trevor Sis. boom
    July 17, 2011

    We don't go a week without one of these to clean out the fridge. Sorta worth making leftovers of stuff. I've even made pasta ones!

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    July 17, 2011

    They really are so versatile. I miss California! I made them a lot more often at home - but I always had outrageously good and fresh tortillas at my disposal. I do love the clean-out-the-fridge concept. Victor's off to NYC in the morning... I have some brie... Hmmmmm :)

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