quesadillas for a lunch party at work
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.
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.
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.
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....
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...
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?
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.