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relizabeth Apr 28, 2012 05:09 PM

I volunteered to bring quesadillas & salsa for a lunch party at work. I've got 2 questions.

1. Do I prepare at home the night before and reheat in microwave? Or assemble at work and cook in microwave at work?

2. I need subtly show off recipes. Can't be too amazing as it may appear that I'm better at my hobby than my real job (alas, dreadfully true, these days). I'd like them to vegetarian and perhaps slightly healthy. Perhaps sweet potato, black bean, chipotle and cheddar quesadillas with pico de gallo salsa. Or maybe something with roasted scallions and goat cheese with a radish salsa. I can get ok corn and flour tortillas, but not great ones.

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    latindancer Apr 29, 2012 08:04 AM

    Assuming you have electrical outlets....

    Electric skillet, electric grills etc. Something with a flat bottom and low sided edge will work just fine.
    Anything other than a microwave. Your attempt with a microwave will definitely NOT show off your skills....quite the contrary.

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      Beach Chick May 1, 2012 06:55 AM

      'Your attempt with a microwave will definitely NOT show off your skills....quite the contrary.'
      Exactly latindancer..

      What did you decide to do relizabeth?

    2. Beach Chick Apr 29, 2012 07:40 AM

      I would NOT use a microwave to do quesadillas...
      Do you have a pancake griddle?
      Maybe tacos, with all the toppings would be better suited for your office lunch party.
      Enchiladas are good too and you can make them the night before with beef, chicken, cheese or black beans...add sides of refried beans and Spanish rice with scoops of sour cream and sliced avocado..radishes are so great right now too.

      1. perk Apr 28, 2012 10:45 PM

        I've also heard that an iron works very well....but I've never tried it.

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          wyogal Apr 29, 2012 06:47 AM

          Yes! Iron and foil! (on a heat proof surface... portable ironing board).

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            latindancer Apr 29, 2012 06:57 AM

            Like Lucy Ricardo.

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          happybaker Apr 28, 2012 09:29 PM

          Per my post - now that I think of it - easy option - salsa bar!

          Not just red or green but, cheese quesadillas with mango salsa. Green salsa. Caramelized pineapple salsa. Fresh corn salsa. Get the idea?

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            happybaker Apr 28, 2012 09:26 PM

            Not microwave - toaster oven!

            If you microwave, they will get soggy ( speak from sad experience). Toaster ovens are great cuz you can premake them, undercook them a bit - then toast and boom! They are crisp and yummy!

            You also have the option of making them pretty plain (i.e. pure cheese), then toasting them - but serving really great sauces and salas's so that everyone has good choices form the get go, they are not waiting for THEIR batch.

            You could also use a hot plate and a pan, but I think a toaster oven is way easier...

            1. EM23 Apr 28, 2012 06:08 PM

              America's Test Kitchen's recipe for Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas is really good - the toasted corn kernels and garlic make it different from your average quesadilla. Serve it with sour cream, guac, and chopped tomatoes w/diced onions.
              This recipe looks pretty close to the original http://amyscott.squarespace.com/journ....

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                Jeanne Apr 28, 2012 09:08 PM

                That recipe looks very good - I'd use the thawed corn instead of canned.

                With this one and the sweet potato one the OP would have a wonderful combo. Definitely take something to grill there - the vegies can all be prepped in advance.

                Your co-workers would be thrilled!

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                wyogal Apr 28, 2012 05:28 PM

                I'd use a small George Forman or waffle iron with reversible grill plates instead of a microwave, if possible. An electric fry pan would even be better than a microwave. All of those options would be easy if you have an electrical outlet. One of the best parts is the outside of the tortillas, slightly crispy as opposed to steamed, which is what you will get with a micro. They will be floppy and hard to eat.
                Do not prepare in advance, but have everything prepped and ready to go. Then just assemble and grill. The crusty tortilla will help when cut into wedges and picking up with one's fingers.

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                  todao Apr 28, 2012 05:47 PM

                  I concur .... microwave quesadillas are, in a word, "ughhh". The George Foreman grill or something like it (maybe a Panini grill?) is a much better choice and do not prepare in advance; please. This calls for mise en place prep. and make 'em fresh.

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                    wyogal Apr 28, 2012 06:51 PM

                    Yep, It won't matter what the fillings are if they are too messy, sloppy to eat.
                    I think one can get those grills cheap at a W or K mart store, too. Keep it at the office to reuse for many types of lunches.

                2. paulj Apr 28, 2012 05:24 PM

                  I don't know if it qualifies as quesadillas in your book, but I often just fold a flour tortilla around some filling, and zap it until the cheese melts.

                  1. Angelina Apr 28, 2012 05:18 PM

                    Can I come to your lunch party? :) The sweet potato sound great!!! yum

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                      latindancer Apr 28, 2012 05:13 PM

                      Do you have something other than a microwave to prepare them?

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                        tastesgoodwhatisit Apr 28, 2012 07:36 PM

                        Yeah, microwave quesadillas may come out kind of soggy.

                        If you don't have anything but a microwave at work, I'd make them the night before using a frying pan or oven, and then re-heat them at work.

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